UCLA Health Volunteen Summer Program

Thank you for your interest in The UCLA Health Volunteen Summer Program. 

If you're interested in alternative hybrid volunteer summer high school programs, please visit our Mattel Youth Ambassador website for additional information. 

Available Opportunities

Once you are accepted into the program, as a Volunteen, you may begin your volunteering in the following critical areas:

Patient Transport

Patient Transport volunteers are responsible for discharging patients, assisting in transfers, and helping the patient transport staff. This is a great opportunity for students to see all areas of the hospital and get clinical exposure. Shifts are available seven days a week anytime between 8A-8P. 


Wayfinders are student ambassadors. Wayfinders are stationed at hospital entrances and greet each visitor/patient along with providing wheelchair and escort assistance. Wayfinders must be friendly, proactive, and have good communication and customer service skills. 2-hour shifts are available Monday-Friday between 8:00am - 4:00pm. Due to the standing nature of this position, 4 hours will be rewarded for 2 hours of Wayfinding service.


Volunteers help deliver patient mail and newspapers. The assignments can change each shift depending on needs of department . Volunteers are assigned to the Volunteer Office for one, four-hour shift per week between 9:00 am - 4:00 am on Monday through Friday (weekends are not available).

What is the time commitment?

A minimum of 50 hours. Volunteers will design a schedule that best fits his or her availability.

Qualification and Health Requirements

  • Minimum age 16 years old (MUST BE 16 AT THE DATE OF REGISTRATION)
  • Agreement to volunteer 50 hours
  • Proof of Varicella, MMR, TB  and be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. Please click here for detailed information on health requirements.
  • New acceptable COVID vaccinations for volunteers:
    • Proof of 2 dose vaccination of Pfizer or Moderna with 1 subsequent boosters OR
    • Proof of 1 dose vaccination of Johnson & Johnson with 1 subsequent booster OR
    • Proof of 1 bivalent booster
  • A valid, government-issued photo ID (driver's license, state ID, passport)
  • If you currently hold a non-immigrant VISA or VISA Waiver status, our office is only approved to process international students who are full-time matriculating UCLA Students on F-1 Visas issued by Dashew Center

Applying to the Summer Volunteen Program

*Please plan and anticipate visiting the medical center at least 2 times prior to volunteering*

Step 1: Sign-up for a mandatory Information Session via zoom. Sign up's are currently closed. Sign-up's are on a first come, first serve basis. The pre-registration for Summer 2024 is CLOSED. Our next recruitment cycle will be in 2025, and we will have more updates in January 2025.  Please check our website then.

SUMMER REGISTRATION IS FULL. You may re-apply for January 2025, or apply through the Santa Monica high school student program. 

Step 2: Applications will be emailed to those who attend the Information Session. (Please do not share application link with anyone, their applications will not be accepted).

Step 3: Gather all required forms, documents and proof of immunizations and submit online for review and approval.

Step 4:  Attend one mandatory In-Person Orientation(see dates below). This is the only session, we will not have make-up sessions.

In- Person Orientation(no make-up sessions allowed) Date/Time 
Summer Orientation #1  Thursday, June 20th from 6 PM-7:30PM 
Summer Orientation #2 Friday, June 21st from 6 PM-7:30PM

Step 5: Complete 50 volunteer hours by August 31, 2024. 

If you cannot attend the Information Session or attend the Orientation, please reconsider volunteering. *Dates are not interchangeable. 

The pre-registration for Summer 2024 is CLOSED. Our next recruitment cycle will be in 2025, and we will have more updates in January 2025.  Please check our website then.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Volunteer Requirements

Our policy for maintaining volunteer status stands as such: Inactivity for three months (or 90 days) will automatically deactivate your status. You must re-apply to join the program again. This policy applies to both year-round and summer-only volunteers.

Parking: Please note that we are unable to provide free parking for student volunteers.