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Welcome to The Mount Sinai
Department of Volunteer Services

Welcome to the Mount Sinai Department of Volunteer Services. In a city as big and diverse as New York, we know you have choices - so thank you for considering Mount Sinai as your volunteer home. Whether you are looking for a way to give back or pay it forward; to have your first experience in a healthcare setting or begin a newchapter of your life here;to realize a long-held dream or nurture a passion, we welcome you. At Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, volunteers are central to the mission "to provide compassionate patient care and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve." Every volunteer has a unique voice, perspective, and gift to share, and as medicine impacts patients' lives for the better, the human element has never been more important. We at Mount Sinai are Better Together, and our bright, generous, and invaluable volunteers are at the heart of everything we do.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Mount Sinai volunteer?

We encourage you to explore the numerous volunteer opportunities on our website. Once you have identified the program(s) you are interested in volunteering for, please complete and submit an online application. Please note: Many of our programs have limited openings, so we cannot assure a placement for everyone who expresses interest. We thank you in advance for taking the time to best express your interest in volunteering and what motivates you at this time in your life, and will notify you within three weeks whether you can proceed with the application process.

Is there a time commitment to volunteer at Mount Sinai?

While programs vary, Mount Sinai volunteers are typically asked to make a minimum six month commitment to volunteer for a minimum of 100 hours. Unfortunately, we cannot provide short-term volunteer assignments given the time and cost associated with volunteer clearance.

How long does the clearance process take?

The good news is that this answer mostly depends on you, and how quickly you're able to complete each step in the process. Generally speaking, we find that clearance can take about six weeks (particularly given the health requirements). Applicants who follow each step carefully can help expedite their own process. People who already have placements tend to be cleared more quickly as other programs have application cycles and require in-person interviews and training.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Applicants need to be at least 15 years of age to volunteer, however, due to school schedules, there are a very limited number of hospital or research volunteer placements. If you already have been able to arrange your own placement, then this department will be able to help onboard you. Please check back for summer programming in February as a limited number of additional openings may become available.

What does medical clearance entail?

All Mount Sinai volunteers are required to be cleared by the Employee Health Services (EHS) to be sure applicants are in good health and up to date with immunizations including flu vaccine. In order to maintain confidentiality of your medical records, please share them directly with the EHS team and not with the volunteer office.

Volunteers are required to take a toxicology test through Quest Diagnostics, who will send the results directly to EHS. Urine toxicology includes screening for amphetamines (amphetamine, methamphetamine), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine metabolites, marijuana metabolites, opiates (morphine, codeine), opioids (hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone) and phencyclidine. If you fail a toxicology test by testing positive for any substance for which you do not have a current prescription, then you are not cleared to volunteer at Mount Sinai and are disqualified from re-applying in the future.  Please note: marijuana may be legal for recreational use in some states or prescribed for medical reasons; it is still a substance that could disqualify applicants who test positive from volunteering at Mount Sinai.

For individuals who are going through the clearance process, please submit all completed health forms to VolunteerHealthForms@mountsinai.org.  

Can I volunteer if I am not a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder?

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or Green Card holder, then we need you to first be cleared through the International Personnel department. You can begin the online application, but you will be directed to International Personnel to complete this step.

Do you have summer volunteer programs?

We are pleased to be able to welcome students from colleges and universities to volunteer with Mount Sinai over the summer. These placements are typically in Research or Patient Care, and require a more condensed time commitment (100 hours over 10-12 weeks). It is best to inquire in January regarding the Summer Research volunteer program, and in February regarding Patient Care Summer volunteer placements. Please check back when our summer volunteer programming information is posted online.

What is the application process for returning volunteers?

If you have volunteered for Mount Sinai in the past year (or ever before), then please indicate that on your application. Depending on how long you have been away, we possibly can waive some of your requirements. It's also good for volunteers to be able to keep one file - often over multiple years and with different assignments - for your records.