Junior Volunteer Summer Program

Duke University Hospital

Short Overview

Note: Duke University Hospital is not accepting applicants for the junior volunteer program for summer 2022. More information about when the junior volunteer program will resume will be provided at the beginning of 2023.

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 of the program start year. Details regarding the Junior Volunteer Program for summer 2022 will be announced late February 2022.

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 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.

Roles and Expectations

  • The Junior Volunteer Summer Session is from mid-June to early August. Shift hours vary by volunteer program.
  • Volunteering may include but not be limited to: providing directions to patients and families, serving in the gift shops, and helping ease wait times for families in waiting areas by providing a friendly, warm, and welcoming presence.
  • 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.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Applicants must be 15-17 years old (students must be 16 years old by June 15 of the program start year).
  • COVID-19 full vaccination and booster required (exemptions may be filed)
  • Each junior volunteer must commit for a minimum of 7 of the 8 weeks during the summer with a minimum of 12 hours per week and no more than 24 hours per week.

Become a Volunteer


At this time, for the summer of 2022, Duke University Hospital is not accepting applicants for the junior volunteer program. Please return to this website at the beginning of 2023 to learn more about when the program will resume.