Junior Volunteer Summer Program

Duke University 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.

The Junior Volunteer program allows high school students (ages 16-17) to volunteer at Duke University Hospital. Please note that students must be 16 years old by June 15, 2020.

Junior volunteers doing crafts at Duke University Hospital

Program Information

Would you like a rewarding summer experience as a volunteer in a fast-paced medical center or clinic setting? If you are 16 to 17 years of age or will be 16 years old by June 15, 2020, and are interested in serving and helping others within a hospital, the Junior Volunteer Program is a wonderful program to consider. 

Maturity, compassion, and commitment to serve others are some of the characteristics we seek in our high school volunteer program.  As junior volunteers assist and engage with our patients and visitors, they learn valuable lessons that they will use throughout their adult lives. This program is only offered during the summer months.


Junior volunteers provide service to patients and families at Duke University Hospital, 2310 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC  27710.


Junior volunteer roles include:

  • Providing directions to patients and families
  • Serving in the gift shops 
  • Helping ease wait times for families in waiting areas by providing a friendly, warm and welcoming presence

Volunteer Commitment

  • The 2020 Junior Volunteer Summer Session is from mid-June to early August 2020. 
  • Each junior volunteer must commit for a minimum of 7 of the 8 weeks during the summer.
  • Students are required to commit at least 12 hours per week and no more than 24 hours per week.
  • The volunteer shift hours vary by volunteer program.
  • Junior volunteers are expected to behave in a professional and mature manner at all times.
  • Junior volunteers may not leave the hospital campus for any reason during their volunteer shift without parental permission.