Student Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way for students to explore potential career paths and gain exposure to the healthcare work environment. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers students a variety of experiences in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Assignments are made based on the student’s interest and the needs throughout the hospital. Student volunteers are critical because they provide extra personal attention to support Sentara Martha Jefferson’s “The Caring Tradition.” This additional support allows our regular staff to focus on the clinical aspect of a patient’s care. Once the volunteer assignment is made and the volunteer makes the commitment to follow a set schedule, he/she is expected to adhere to that schedule.

Our Student Volunteer Program has the following program requirements:

  • Application (email to request)
  • Students must be 16 years old or older
  • Minimum hourly requirement of 50 hours per program period
  • Competitive program with limited number of students accepted into the program
  • Attendance requirements (absent more than 3 times with no show more than twice will result in termination of volunteer assignment)
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Attend student orientation session prior to volunteering
  • Two-step TB test (through SMJH Employee Health)

Listed below are the three types of student volunteer opportunities:

  1. Shadowing (observation only) – limited to one week or less
  2. Rotation – school or hospital preceptor sponsored volunteer assignment to fulfill academic requirements
  3. Independent student volunteer


The Summer Junior Volunteer Program for high school students (ages 15-18) is managed by the Community Outreach Department.

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