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High School Student Volunteer Opportunities at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus! Volunteering will give you the opportunity to get an "inside look" at a medical campus while learning about support functions in patient care and retail operations.

Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

There are six areas where high school students are able to serve. These areas will be discussed in detail during the information meeting. We will do our best to accommodate your preference if an opening in that particular area is available.

  1. Gift Shops: Assist visitors with selections and purchases in three onsite stores; help shop staff with other retail functions
  2. Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP): Work with older patients offering assistance and activities that keep them mentally and physically active; activities include talking, helping with meals and walking/mobility assistance
  3. Medical Library: Shelve or copy materials, assist staff with computer tasks
  4. Patient Support Services: Discharge patients via wheelchair; transport patients via wheelchair to procedures; deliver flowers, patient mail and laboratory items
  5. Pediatric High School Volunteer (summer only): Assist the Child Life Specialists in organizing and providing activities, disinfecting toys, and performing clerical tasks as directed
  6. Treasure Trove Resale stores: Assist customers with selections; create displays; help shop staff with other retail functions – Get details on volunteering at the Treasure Troves

Registration

The high school student volunteer program receives a high volume of interest and applicants. As a result, selection to the program is by lottery. As a benefit of Inova employment, children of Inova employees are exempt from the lottery. Please review the dates below carefully, as fulfilling the commitment is a major determinant for placement. Note: Students who are selected and participate in a session's entirety will have the opportunity to continue for future sessions.

To register:

  1. Review the details below and decide which session works best for your schedule. 
  2. Once you have selected a session, register by clicking here during the registration period.

Upcoming Sessions

Spring Session 2: April 11-June 12, 2022

Lottery Registration   Opens Monday, February 21, 2022 at 10 a.m. and closes Wednesday, February 23 at 11:45 p.m.
Lottery Selection
(new volunteers only)
  Thursday, February 24
Notification will be made via email prior to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 24.
 
Mandatory Information Meeting   Tuesday, March 1, 7 to 8 p.m.
Attendance is required, and the student must be accompanied by a parent.
 
Mandatory Orientation Session   Thursday, April 7 at 8:30 a.m. or Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m.
 
Mandatory Session Dates   Monday, April 11 – Sunday, June 12, 2022
 
Commitment  

2 Shifts Per Week

Weeknight Shift: 4:45 to 8:15 p.m.
Weekend Shift: 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. or 1 to 5:15 p.m.

Students will have the opportunity to select their scheduling preferences during the information meeting. 

Additional Information  

Experienced volunteers will receive confirmation of their service within one week of the close of registration. New volunteers will receive confirmation within one week of attending the mandatory information meeting.

NOTE: To develop outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills, new volunteers service their first session in the Gift Shop. As a returning volunteer, you’ll have opportunity to select other service area assignments.

Summer Session 1: June 13-July 17, 2022

Lottery Registration   Opens Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. and closes Thursday, April 28 at 11:45 p.m.
Lottery Selection
(new volunteers only)
  Friday, April 29
Notification will be made via email prior to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
 
Mandatory Information Meeting   Thursday, May 5 OR Monday, May 9, 7 to 8 p.m.
Attendance is required at only one meeting, and the student must be accompanied by a parent.
Mandatory Orientation Session   TBD
 
Mandatory Session Dates   Monday, June 13 – Sunday, July 17, 2022
 
Commitment  

Option #1: Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening.

Option #2: Tuesday and Thursday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening.

Option #3: Saturday and Sunday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening

Students will have the opportunity to select their scheduling preferences during the information meeting. 

Additional Information  

Experienced volunteers will receive confirmation of their service within one week of the close of registration. New volunteers will receive confirmation within one week of attending the mandatory information meeting.

NOTE: To develop outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills, new volunteers service their first session in the Gift Shop. As a returning volunteer, you’ll have opportunity to select other service area assignments.

Summer Session 2: July 18-August 21, 2022

Lottery Registration   Opens Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. and closes Thursday, April 28 at 11:45 p.m.
Lottery Selection
(new volunteers only)
  Friday, April 29
Notification will be made via email prior to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
 
Mandatory Information Meeting   Thursday, May 5 OR Monday, May 9, 7 to 8 p.m.
Attendance is required at only one meeting, and the student must be accompanied by a parent.
Mandatory Orientation Session   TBD
 
Mandatory Session Dates   Monday, July 18 – Sunday, August 21, 2022
 
Commitment  

Option #1: Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening.

Option #2: Tuesday and Thursday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening.

Option #3: Saturday and Sunday – Choose one shift: morning or afternoon or evening

Students will have the opportunity to select their scheduling preferences during the information meeting. 

Additional Information  

Experienced volunteers will receive confirmation of their service within one week of the close of registration. New volunteers will receive confirmation within one week of attending the mandatory information meeting.

NOTE: To develop outstanding customer service and interpersonal skills, new volunteers service their first session in the Gift Shop. As a returning volunteer, you’ll have opportunity to select other service area assignments.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I Don’t Get Selected in the Lottery, Do I Have to Register Again for a Future Session?

Yes, you will need to register again for a future session.

What If I Want to Volunteer More Than One Session?

Once you have served one session in its entirety, you'll have opportunity to participate in a future session by going to the "Experienced HS Volunteers" page to register. As an experienced volunteer, you are not required to enter the lottery process.

What If I Need to Be Absent During My Session?

Absences are not permitted. Illness will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

How Long Is a Volunteer Shift?

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

Do You Offer Opportunities for Court-Mandated Community Service?

Only the resale stores accept volunteers required to perform court-mandated community service. For details, visit Inova Treasure Troves.