Volunteering at GW Hospital

Thank you for your interest in the GW Hospital Volunteer Program!

GW Hospital volunteers provide a valuable service to the hospital. Our volunteers offer non-medical comfort and care to patients and assist hospital departments. Tasks may include patient rounding; book cart rounding; sorting and stocking supplies; assisting with special projects; and providing general information to hospital patients and visitors. We seek dedicated and mature volunteers who are able to serve a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per week, for a minimum of six consecutive months. 

Program Requirements:

  • Commitment to a minimum of two 4-hour shifts per week for six consecutive months*
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Application, letter of recommendations, resume, health clearance and background check
  • Orientation prior to start date
  • A sincere interest in helping others
  • Professionalism and a positive attitude about your commitment to the hospital, patients, visitors and staff
  • Physical ability to perform volunteer work as some areas may require some lifting, kneeling and/or walking

*Commitment for summer volunteers (college students and educators only) is a minimum of two 4-hour shifts for 10 consecutive weeks

We do not offer:

  • Shadowing opportunities (we do not offer shadowing of physicians, nurses and therapists)
  • Short-term (less than six months) volunteer positions (with the exception of the summer volunteer period)
  • Volunteer opportunities in the business units, sterile processing, medical records, the lab or the surgical suite
  • Opportunities for individuals under the age of 18
  • Opportunities working with infants or children



2016 Volunteer Application Periods:

  • Fall: Applications accepted from July 21, 2016 at 9 a.m. - September 1, 2016 at noon.
  • Winter: Applications accepted from October, 17 - December, 12, 2016.

In order to be considered, your application, resume and health forms must be submitted prior to the close of the submission period. Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered. Thank you for your understanding.

I am interested in volunteering! What's next?

  1. Complete the online application during the above noted application periods only.
  2. Submit your current resume and one academic or professional letter of recommendation (both in PDF format only) to gwuhvolunteerservices@uhsinc.com.
  3. Submit the health screening forms to GW Hospital Employee Health by email (gwuehs@medcor.com) or fax (202-715-4587). Please include the Volunteer Application Cover Sheet (included in the PDF of health clearance forms on the right) in all documents that are being faxed to the Employee Health Office.
  4. Once all materials are received, the most highly qualified applicants will be contacted by the volunteer services coordinator for an interview.
  5. Background Check: the volunteer coordinator will discuss this step with you during the interview if you are selected.
  6. Orientation. After you have met all requirements, you will be invited to an onsite orientation.

Thank you, again, for your interest in volunteering with us at The George Washington University Hospital.

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Volunteer Forms

Volunteer Health Clearance Forms >

Note: The tDap vaccine is suggested, but not required to receive the health clearance to volunteer.

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