College Volunteer Program

The purpose of the College Volunteer Program is to provide a service to Mayo Clinic patients, guests and staff. College volunteers are not engaged in direct patient care and will not be permitted to engage in shadowing or observation of Mayo Clinic staff.

College volunteers include undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students who are 18 years or older with courses that change with each semester.

Applicants must be able to commit to a weekly four-hour shift (same day and time each week) for the entire semester. We will be unable to accommodate any schedule changes during the semester.

Volunteer positions are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are limited evening and weekend opportunities available at the Phoenix campus only.

Please note that:

  • Volunteers are placed where the needs are greatest. We make every attempt to place volunteers in areas of personal interest during the days and times volunteers are available, but assignments cannot be guaranteed.
  • Submission of an application does not guarantee placement into the program. This is because there are typically more students interested in volunteering than our program can accommodate.

Application process

If you wish to participate during the fall 2014 semester, please:

  • Complete the online application found on our Become a Volunteer page.
  • Complete and return the following documents, which can also be found on the Become a Volunteer page:
    • Health questionnaire
    • Consent for interviews, photography, audiotaping and videotaping
    • Background check
    • Vehicle registration

Applications will be accepted no later than Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Applications will not be considered until all required documents have been received.

If you are accepted into the program, Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an interview.

Required orientation: Aug. 26, 2014

Acceptance into the College Volunteer Program requires attendance at a four-hour general orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the orientation, you will not be able to participate in the fall program.

Following the orientation, you will need to:

  • Pass the background check.
  • Complete a two-step tuberculosis (TB) skin test (no charge). A positive result may require additional blood work.
  • Complete the volunteer training program.