Summer Teen Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Boston Children’s Hospital. The Summer Teen Program gives teenagers ages 17 and 18 the chance to volunteer in outpatient clinics and customer services roles at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Main Campus. Please see below for information about the program's structure, requirements, and recruitment dates.


Volunteer Commitment

  • Two seven-hour shifts per week for six consecutive weeks.
  • Shifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays only.



  • This program requires that participants must be at least 17 years of age by March 1 of the program year.
  • Must have previous volunteer and/or work experience.
  • 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.
  • Please note: All correspondence about application status and corresponding materials must be made by the candidate themselves.


Recruitment Dates & Materials

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


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there opportunities for someone under 17 years old to volunteer?

Due to the serious nature of the hospital environment, the minimum age limit for the Summer Teen Program was adjusted from 16 in previous years to 17.

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

We find that volunteers that are most successful in the volunteer role are reliable, communicative, and take initiative. Volunteers are expected to be caring, kind, observant, and willing to learn. We seek volunteers that are mature enough to handle and cope with the experience of seeing and playing with various children with serious illnesses.

  • How many Summer Teen volunteers do you accept?

It depends on what the needs are throughout the hospital, and our spots are limited. We are anticipating taking less than 15 Summer Teen volunteers.

  • I know that I am going away for vacation, camp, or another activity next 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 summer.

  • Even though I am unable to make the Summer Teen Program commitment, I would still like to help in some way. Are there other ways for me to get involved?

Unfortunately, it is against hospital policy for teen volunteers to volunteer during the academic school year. Please see our Trust's website to find opportunities for upcoming events and other ways to get involved.

  • I want to work in a specific clinic 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. Summer Teen Volunteers are placed in outpatient clinic/customer service roles only. Inpatient assignments are not available.

  • Are there opportunities at satellite locations (e.g. Peabody, Waltham, Martha Eliot)?

Summer Teen volunteers will be able to volunteer at the Boston Children’s Hospital Main Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. only.


I know I am applying for the Summer Teen 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.).

  • Create an email address.

Most of our communication is done via email, so please be sure that you have an email address that you can check regularly.

  • Mark your calendars.

Please see our Recruitment Dates section above. We will not be accepting any applications outside of these dates, so please be sure to apply during the given time frame.