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Due to the presence of COVID-19 in our community, visitor restrictions are in place for all Duke clinics and hospitals. For your safety and the safety of others, we recommend patients do not bring a visitor to Duke clinics, if at all possible. If a visitor must accompany a patient, only one individual over 12 years of age is allowed. Patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Individuals with flu-like symptoms are not allowed. View the complete list of Visitor Restrictions.

Effective immediately, Duke Health is prioritizing and rescheduling some non-emergent or non-critical surgeries, procedures, and appointments. Check our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page for updates.

College Student Volunteers

Duke Raleigh Hospital

As the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to rapidly evolve, Duke University Health System is working diligently to monitor developments and implement guidelines to prevent the spread of infection. Our top priority is to keep patients, visitors, team members, and the community at large safe. At this time, all hospital volunteer programs are suspended until further notice. We will keep you updated about the status of our volunteer program, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our hospitals in this important capacity as soon as possible.


Duke Raleigh Hospital provides college students with the opportunity to experience and observe many aspects of health care in a hospital setting. Our volunteers are assigned to a variety of positions throughout our organization making a difference in the lives of our patients, their family members, and caregivers. We understand that our college student volunteers are often interested in pursuing a career in health care, and we offer volunteer experience to help them reach that goal.

Volunteer Requirements

You must be:

  • Enrolled in a college program on a full or part-time basis
  • Complete mandatory criminal background check, health screen, and orientation
  • Adhere to all Duke Raleigh Hospital policies and procedures, including the dress code
  • Be responsible for communicating when unavailable for assigned shift
  • Commit to volunteering at least four hours per week for at least two semesters. Depending on the assigned area, the 4-hour per week requirement can be done in either one 4-hour shift or two 2-hour shifts.

How to Apply

New Applicants
Applications for college volunteers are due in the volunteer services office by the following dates in order to volunteer in the corresponding school term:

  • Fall 2019 semester: August 31
  • Spring 2020 semester: January 10

Applicants who are selected for the Fall 2019 semester will receive follow up by Friday, September 6. Follow up information will include interview and orientation dates. Please note that applications sent via postal mail must be postmarked by August 31 in order to be reviewed.

Download an application to be a college student volunteer (PDF, 523.6 KB). Please call 919-954-3887 to learn more about our program.

Returning Students
Please contact Volunteer Services at 919-954-3887 for further information.