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Youth and Student Volunteer Opportunities at UPMC

We offer many volunteer programs for teens and young adults looking to give back.

Volunteer opportunities on this page:

If you have questions or want more details about any of our programs, contact UPMC Volunteer Services.

Teen Volunteer Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

If you like working with kids, we have lots of ways you can help at Children's.

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Junior Volunteers

Depending on the hospital, volunteers as young as 14 or 15 can help out at UPMC. Assignments may be in patient and family interaction or hospital, office, and staff areas.

Accepting junior volunteers at:

  • UPMC Mercy
  • UPMC Northwest
  • UPMC Passavant
  • UPMC Senior Communities
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    Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP)

    HELP aims to prevent delirium in hospitalized patients age 70 and older.

    Volunteers spend time with patients to help improve the quality their stay while watching for signs of delirium.

    Accepting volunteers at:

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    Physical and Occupational Therapy Volunteers

    Volunteers will help the physical and occupational therapy staff to support patients.

    Duties may include:

    • Changing treatment tables
    • Putting equipment and toys away
    • Cleaning and straightening up therapy area​

    Accepting volunteers at:

    • UPMC Mercy (For college students pursuing a PT/OT degree).

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    Job Shadowing

    We offer job shadowing with UPMC staff for young people interested in a health care career.

    Offering shadowing at:

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    UPMC partners with local colleges to offer hospital-based training for course credit.

    Offering externships at:

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    To learn more about any of our volunteer programs, contact UPMC Volunteer Services.​​​​​​

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