College Student Volunteer Opportunities and Interview Sign-Ups

Volunteer Opportunities

We will not be accepting further interview sign-ups for college students for the fall semester after 8 am on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Arts & Health at Duke - Performing Arts

  • Location: Duke University Hospital Campus and Clinics
  • Eligible Students: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
  • Minimum Hours Per Week Required: 2 hours per week
  • Available Shifts: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; Any 2-hour shift between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

These volunteers are musicians with a specific performance level skill with a musical instrument appropriate to the hospital setting. They will be trained, mentored, and supervised by the Performing Artist in Residence. They will be assigned to public spaces within Duke University Hospital and the hospital-based clinics to include waiting areas, concourse areas, and lobbies. They will be playing for adult and child patient populations, their loved ones and staff in public spaces to ease the stress of a hospital visit or stay, and to promote the recognition of the importance of the arts—specifically music—in lowering blood pressure and creating a positive distraction.

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Competencies: Service Orientation; Social Skills; Cultural Competence; Teamwork; Oral Communication
  • Intrapersonal Competencies: Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Reliability and Dependability; Resilience and Adaptability; Capacity for Improvement

Hospice - Hock Family Pavilion

  • Location: Hock Family Pavilion, 4023 N, Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704. Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation.
  • Eligible Students: Juniors, Seniors
  • Minimum Hours Per Week Required: 4 hours per week
  • Available Shifts: Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, 12:00 to 4:00 pm, 4:00 to 8:00 pm, 8:00 to 10:00 pm

Hospice care addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. Volunteers support Hock Family Pavilion staff with routine administrative tasks, such as answering the phone, greeting visitors, and orientating visitors to the facility. The Hock Family Pavilion, located in Durham, features 12 private patient rooms and provides 24-hour skilled nursing care to Duke Hospice patients who cannot manage their symptoms and/or control their pain at home.

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Competencies: Service Orientation; Social Skills; Cultural Competence; Teamwork; Oral Communication
  • Intrapersonal Competencies: Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Reliability and Dependability; Resilience and Adaptability; Capacity for Improvement

Hospice - Patient/Family Support

  • Location: Patients are cared for over a 9 county area, in private homes, long-term care facilities and the Duke Hospice Inpatient Care Facility and Duke Health Hospitals in Raleigh and Durham. Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation.
  • Eligible Students: Juniors, Seniors
  • Minimum Hours Per Week Required: 2 to 4 hours per week
  • Available Shifts: Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; Any 2 to 4-hour shift between 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

Volunteers support the work of the clinical team by visiting patients in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living, respite care at Hock Family Pavilion, and Duke Health hospitals when patients are on hospice (GIP General Inpatient). Volunteers provide companionship and respite for hospice patients and family caregivers along with practical and emotional support. Hospice volunteers do not provide any clinical patient care.

Duties may include:

  • Staying with the patient to allow caregiver(s) brief respite time.
  • Supporting visits or phone calls to the patient and/or family members.
  • Helping with small homemaking tasks, preparing simple meals, running errands, etc.
  • Reading to patients; singing songs or providing hymn music by phone.
  • Volunteers who speak Spanish or other languages may provide conversation only (not clinical interpretation) with patients and family caregivers.

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Competencies: Service Orientation; Social Skills; Cultural Competence; Teamwork; Oral Communication
  • Intrapersonal Competencies: Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Reliability and Dependability; Resilience and Adaptability; Capacity for Improvement

Surgical Waiting Rooms

  • Location: Duke Children’s Health Center, Duke University Hospital, Duke Medicine Pavilion, and Duke Clinic 2D
  • Eligible Students: Juniors, Seniors
  • Minimum Hours Per Week Required: 4 hours per week
  • Available Shifts: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 5:00 to 9:00 am, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Volunteers will spend their time in the waiting room speaking with patients/ family members and checking in to see how they are. They will work very closely with the staff at the patient registration desk, taking directions from them and assisting them in any way possible.  Students will also be asked to escort visitors into the unit where patients are either waiting for surgery or recovering from surgery.  Way finding is also important in this role; being able to follow a map and escort visitors to their destination.

Core Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Competencies: Service Orientation; Social Skills; Cultural Competence; Teamwork; Oral Communication
  • Intrapersonal Competencies: Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Reliability and Dependability; Resilience and Adaptability; Capacity for Improvement