You would make a good volunteer if you:

  • Have a sincere interest in people and helping others
  • Are mature and willing to adhere to hospital policies and procedures
  • Have a sense of responsibility and dependability
  • Have a professional and positive attitude about your commitment to the hospital, its patients and visitors
  • Are physically able to perform volunteer work as some areas may require heavy lifting
  • Are willing to commit to a minimum four (4) hours of volunteering service each week for six (6) months.


  • Commit to a minimum of four hours each week for six months
  • Application, background check, physical, drug screen
  • Orientation prior to start date
  • Must be 18 years or older

We offer:

  • A meaningful work experience
  • Annual volunteer appreciation and acknowledgement
  • Organizational-wide training classes
  • The opportunity to develop new skills

Summer 2015 Volunteer Program

The George Washington University Hospital will offer special volunteer opportunities during summer 2015 for individuals age 18 years and older. Volunteers must be willing to commit to 10 weeks during the summer and at least 12 volunteer hours per week. If you are interested, please email Kathy Brown, manager of Hospitality Services, at Kathleen.Brown@gwu-hospital.com.

Getting Started

Step 1: Application and Letter of Recommendation
Complete the online volunteer application form . Please include at least one phone number and your email address. In addition to submitting an online application, we require one signed letter of recommendation. The application will not be reviewed until the completed application and recommendation letter have been received. Letters should emphasize the personal qualities that make you a good candidate to volunteer in the hospital. Please ask the writer of the letter of recommendation to include their phone number for follow-up purposes. The letter of recommendation should be forwarded or faxed to the contact information listed on this page.

Step 2: Completed Application and Notification

Once a completed application is reviewed and a letter of recommendation is received, qualified candidates will be contacted.

Step 3: Clearance
The remaining items for the volunteer clearing process include:

  • A drug screening
  • A background check
  • An on-site physical

Step 4: Orientation
After you are cleared, you will be invited to attend an orientation within the month.

We do not provide the following:

  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Volunteer positions are not available in the business units, sterile processing, medical records, lab, and the OR
  • Opportunities for individuals under the age of 18 years old.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at The George Washington University Hospital. If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services at 202-715-4167 or gwuhvolunteerservices@uhsinc.com.

Questions About Volunteering?

If you have any questions, we invite you to email us at gwuhvolunteerservices@uhsinc.com.

Or use the form below to submit comments or questions.


Due to high demand, we are not accepting volunteer applications for Spring at this time. We will resume accepting applications in a couple of months. Thank you for your interest.

Application Form
Submit an online application here.

Letters of Recommendation
Please submit a letter of recommendation from at least one individual who can speak to the qualities that qualify you as a good volunteer. Please have them include a telephone number, in case follow-up is needed.

Mail to:
The George Washington University Hospital Volunteer Program 900 23rd St., NW Washington, DC 20037

Phone: 202-715-4167
Fax: 202-715-4193