As an experienced IFMC high school volunteer you receive first choice over incoming students for assignment area and schedule. In order to make sure that you receive the schedule that you want and that the appropriate amount of new volunteers are brought on, all continuing and returning volunteers must register each session. Upcoming registration windows can be found below.


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 1 – June 16, 2024

Please note: Effective January 1, 2023, the minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old.

Registration   Opens Monday, February 19, 2024 at 10 a.m. and closes Wednesday, February 21 at 11:45 p.m.
Lottery Selection
  Thursday, February 22
Notification will be made via email prior to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, February 22.
Mandatory Information Meeting   Wednesday, February 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
Attendance is required, and the student must be accompanied by a parent.
Mandatory Training Class   

Monday, March 18, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Mandatory Session Dates   April 1 - June 16, 2024

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.

Leadership Opportunities

As a volunteer with seniority, you have knowledge and experience that you can utilize to help other volunteers and your service area in unique ways. Below are opportunities for volunteers who have displayed enthusiasm for their service area, leadership with their peers, and a commitment to Inova’s mission, vision and values. The application process includes a written portion and an interview.

The applications will open for two week periods throughout the year. You will be notified of next steps within a week of the application closing date. Interviews will be approximately 30 minutes in length and will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

You may indicate as many roles as you are interested in within the same application.

You do not have to be an active volunteer to apply, provided you intend to volunteer for the session following receipt of the leadership opportunity application.

Application Dates:

All volunteer activity is suspended due to COVID-19.

Begin an application here

Patient Support Services Training Lead

(Minimum of 40 service hours in Patient Support Services to apply)

The Training Lead’s role is to assist Volunteer Services staff in training new Patient Support Services (PSS) volunteers. As Training Lead, you attend shifts following a training class to model and reinforce PSS policy and procedure to new volunteers and guide them as they learn their way around campus. Learn more by reading the position description here:

Position Description

Patient Support Services Wheelchair Roundup Lead

(Minimum of 40 service hours in Patient Support Services to apply)

The Wheelchair Roundup Lead’s role is to assist Volunteer Services staff in facilitating wheelchair roundup priorities and procedures with PSS volunteers. You will train new volunteers, intervene with existing PSS volunteers who need retraining, and assign and dispatch volunteers for roundup throughout shift. Learn more by reading the position description here:

Position Description

Patient Support Services Day Chair

(Minimum of 75 service hours in patient support services to apply)

The Day Chair’s role is to manage a shift of volunteers assigned to Patient Support Services (PSS). As Day Chair, you serve as the shift lead with the primary responsibility of liaising with hospital staff and dispatching volunteers to complete tasks according to their priority level. Learn more by reading the position description here:

Position Description

Year-Round Volunteer

(Minimum of 75 service hours in any service area to apply)

A year-round volunteer is exempt from the session system. You will be permitted up to one scheduled absence per month. Illness will continue to be handled case by case. As a volunteer with an excellent attendance record and a strong contributor to your service area, we recognize the value of your continued presence and trust that you will be responsible with your permitted absences. Becoming a year-round volunteer means committing to the same service area and schedule for the next consecutive 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 the Inova Treasure Troves website:

Inova Treasure Trove Shops

How do I certify my hours?

Email to certify hours. Please include your full first and last name in your email. We will provide you with a letter with your total hours served.

If you use a system such as x2vol, use the email address as the point of contact.

Will the Volunteer Services Department write me a letter of recommendation?

Recommendation letters can be written by staff or volunteers who work closely with you. Reach out specifically to the staff member or volunteer that you worked closely with to inquire. Staff and volunteers are not required to write letters of recommendation; they may use their discretion.

Are there scholarship opportunities for volunteers?

As part of their commitment to support quality healthcare for our community, the Auxiliary of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus scholarship program is designed for eligible persons to encourage and assist their pursuit of healthcare careers. Find out more here:

Auxiliary of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus