Summer Adult Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Boston Children’s Hospital. The Summer Adult Program gives those who are 18+ and out of high school the chance to volunteer on an inpatient unit. Please review all information below to learn more.


Volunteer Commitment

  • Two 8-hour shifts per week for eight consecutive weeks, starting in early June and ending in mid to late August.
  • Shifts will run from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays only (with limited weekend availability).



  • 18 years or older and out of high school.
  • Submit an application and reference form by the given due dates.
  • Agree to complete the full volunteer commitment.
  • Attend an in-person interview.
  • Attend the mandatory volunteer training.


Recruitment Dates

  • Due to continued efforts to minimize safety risks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Summer Adult Program has been cancelled. Please re-visit this page in February 2022 to learn about our 2022 Summer Adult Program.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What characteristics do you look for in Summer Adult volunteers?

We find that volunteers that are most successful in the volunteer role are reliable, communicative, mature, and take initiative.

  • How many Summer Adult volunteers do you accept?

It depends on what the needs are throughout the hospital, and our spots are limited. We are anticipating taking up to 15 volunteers for the Summer Adult Program.

  • I know that I am going away for vacation, an internship, or another activity in the summer. Can I still apply for the program?

We understand that summer can be a busy time for all. However, we do ask candidates that know they are going away for a part of the summer to wait and apply next year.

  • I am interested in both the One Year Program (Summer Start) and the Summer Adult Program. Should I apply to both?

We ask that applicants only apply to one program at a time. If available to commit to the One Year Program (Summer Start), we recommend applying to the One Year Program, as spots in our summer-only programs are very limited.

  • I want to work in a specific area in the hospital. How do I ensure I am placed there?

Please feel free to make a note of your preferences within your volunteer application. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but all placements are based on the volunteer need. Per hospital policy, we are unable to place volunteers on a unit/clinic where you have received care, have a family member/friend working in that area or another personal connection to the area.


I know I am applying for the Summer Adult Program. What can I do now to prepare?

  • Start thinking about who may be your reference

A reference form is required for every volunteer application. A reference can be anyone in a professional capacity that is not a family member or friend (e.g. teacher, manager, etc.).

  • Mark your calendars

Be sure to apply during the posted recruitment dates. Since we do have a high level of interest, any applications submitted after our recruitment dates will not be accepted. Remember that completed applications, which include the reference sheet, will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as submitted by the deadline.