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College Student Volunteer Opportunities at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Inova Fairfax Medical Campus offers many volunteer opportunities including patient support, staff support and retail assignments.

Please note: Volunteer Services is not affiliated with any intern/shadowing programs at Inova. For more information on those opportunities, visit the Clinical Education & Research website.

We have two different college student programs designed to accommodate students who have availability during the summer only and those with availability year-round.

  • Summer Only
  • Year-Round

Summer-Only College Student Volunteer Program

Registration, lottery and training info.

Due to the interest in our summer program, selection is by lottery. As a benefit of Inova employment, children of Inova employees are exempt from the lottery.

To register:

  1. Review the details below and decide if the summer session will work with your schedule.
  2. Register by clicking here between 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

IMPORTANT DATES: Summer-Only College Student Volunteer Program

  • Lottery Registration: Opens Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. and closes Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 11:45 p.m
  • Lottery Selection: Friday, April 10, 2020
    Notification will be made via email on April 10, 2020 by 8 p.m.

Mandatory Information Meeting and Training Class: Thurs., May 21, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon); attendance is required.

Session Dates: May 26 – August 9, 2020

Commitment: Commit to serving one, 3-4 hour shift per week

Year-Round College Student Volunteer Program

If you are available to commit to one, 3-4 hour shift per week for the duration of the fall and/or spring semester, and are able to meet the requirements listed above, we welcome your application.

Greatest need areas include Gift Shops, Treasure Trove shops, patient support services and clerical assignments.

Registration

Applications are reviewed during designated registration periods throughout the calendar year.

Applications are reviewed during designated registration periods throughout the calendar year. Before applying, please be sure you’ll be available to attend the corresponding mandatory training class and meet the attendance requirement of serving one, 3-4 hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. You’ll begin volunteering within one week of the training class.

Registration will open at 10 a.m. on the first day and close at 12 p.m. (noon) on the last day.

We’ll respond to all applications within 10 days of the close of registration.

Registration periods

Registration open: January 14 – 22, 2020
Mandatory training class: March 3, 2020, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration open: April 7 – 15, 2020
Mandatory training class: May 21, 2020, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Registration open: April 28 – May 6, 2020
Mandatory training class: June 11, 2020, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Registration open: June 2 – June 10, 2020
Mandatory training class: July 17, 2020, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

More dates to come.

Optional Information Meetings

See dates and times

To learn more about our program requirements and service area opportunities before applying, we welcome you to attend an information meeting. While not mandatory in order to participate as a volunteer, we highly recommend attending to make sure our program is a good fit for you.

  • Tues., Jan. 21, 2020
  • Mon., May 11, 2020
  • Tues., July 21, 2020

All information meetings will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Physicians Conference Center on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Email us at fairfaxvolunteer@inova.org for the directions.

More dates to come.

Current service needs and availability are updated monthly and may be viewed below. You’ll have the opportunity to indicate your availability and service area preference on your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I Get to Shadow a Doctor or Other Clinical Personnel?

While many of our volunteer assignments provide clinical and patient interaction, you will not be shadowing doctors or other clinical personnel while volunteering. For more information on those opportunities, visit the Clinical Education & Research website.

I’m Available During the Summer Only. How Can I Participate in Your Program?

Due to interest in our program, students available during the summer months only are selected via lottery. See "Summer Only College Student Volunteer Program" above for details on how to register for the lottery.

How Long Is a Volunteer Shift?

A shift is 3-4 hours depending on the service area assignment.

When Will I Start as a Volunteer?

Within one week of attending the training class.

How Long Does It Take to Complete the Requirements?

You’ll be given 4-5 weeks to complete all requirements.

When Will I Know My Volunteer Assignment?

Year-round applicants will receive a response within 10 days of the close of registration. Summer-only applicants will receive details following the lottery regarding their assignment and schedule.

What if My Availability Doesn’t Match Where There is an Opening?

The volunteer needs of the hospital change regularly. We encourage you to register again in the future.

What Happens During Training Class?

Important safety requirements for being in a hospital setting will be reviewed, you’ll receive your I.D. badge and uniform, and you’ll be guided on a short tour of the hospital and your assignment area.

I'm Available During Winter Break Only. How Can I Participate in Your Program?

Unfortunately, we're unable to accommodate students interested in volunteering during winter break only.

Once I Start Volunteering, Am I Able Request a Change in Schedule?

We ask volunteers to commitment to the same day and time for a minimum of six months; however, we’ll do the best we can to accommodate a change in your volunteer schedule due to an academic schedule conflict.

Can I Complete Clinical Hours for School?

Most of our volunteer assignments support clinical areas, but they are not performing clinical activities, so check with your school to see if our program satisfies their requirement