Volunteer

At NYU Langone Medical Center, volunteers provide essential social support to our patients, their families, and other visitors. Whether you’re interested in greeting and directing visitors, bringing your certified therapy dog for regular visits, or assisting with various nonclinical tasks, NYU Langone’s Volunteer Services can match you with the right opportunity.

Volunteer positions are nonclinical, and unfortunately we do not offer opportunities to shadow doctors.

Age Requirements and Time Commitment

Volunteers must be 16 years old to begin participating in our Junior Ambassador program or to work in the gift shop at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. All other volunteers should be at least 18 years old. 

NYU Langone volunteers work one four-hour shift per week, for a minimum of six consecutive months (nine months on pediatric units), ultimately providing 100 hours of service. As a general rule, hospital volunteers are required to maintain a regular schedule, working on the same day, at the same time, every week.

Summer volunteers complete their 100 service hours (120 hours for positions at the Hospital for Joint Diseases) by working at least two four-hour shifts per week over a minimum of six weeks. Applications for summer volunteer opportunities are accepted from January 1 to March 31.

Volunteer Placement

After interviewing and being accepted as a volunteer, you are placed according to NYU Langone’s current needs, your availability, and program-specific requirements.

Before you start, you must complete the Volunteer Services’ onboarding process, which includes a background screening, medical clearance, proof of influenza vaccination (depending on the time of year), and other compliance documents. There is also an orientation session for all new volunteers.

How to Apply

The application process can take three to eight weeks. Please start by filling out an application. The appropriate link to our application can be found under each service description below.

Volunteer Services only contacts applicants being considered for interviews.

Volunteer Opportunities

Many opportunities are available to those who want to volunteer at NYU Langone. 

Guest Services Ambassador

Schedule: Daily, 7:00AM to 8:00PM 
Create a positive first impression by warmly greeting patients, their families, and visitors. Provide information, directions, and help guests find their way throughout NYU Langone Medical Center. Apply online.

Guest Services Junior Ambassador

Schedule: Daily, 7:00AM to 8:00PM 
Must be 16-18 years old

Create a positive first impression by warmly greeting patients, their families, and visitors. Provide information, directions, and help guests find their way throughout NYU Langone Medical Center. Apply online.

Neurology Clinic Greeter

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Greet and escort patients to the appropriate location within the clinic, as well as assist them with check-in and check-out processes. Apply online.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Program—Department of Integrative Health

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Provide stress-reducing options to patients by promoting the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Program—a free mind-body relaxation program available to all our patients and caregivers—and assist them with program enrollment. Apply online.

Child Life—Tisch Hospital Pediatrics

Schedule: Daily, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Under direct supervision of a child life specialist, volunteers assist patients with activities, set-up and clean-up activities, and socialize with patients and their families. Apply online.

Child Life—Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Under direct supervision of a child life specialist, volunteers assist patients and siblings with activities, set-up and clean-up activities, and socialize with patients and their families. Apply online.

Child Life—Laurence D. and Lori Weider Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Under direct supervision of a child life specialist, volunteers assist patients and siblings with activities, set-up and clean-up activities, and socialize with patients and their families. Apply online.

Child Life—Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Under direct supervision of a child life specialist, volunteers assist patients and siblings with activities, set-up and clean-up activities, and socialize with patients and their families. Apply online.

S.Q.U.A.S.H. Educational Nutrition Program

Schedule: Mondays, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Assist the pediatric clinical nutrition coordinator through running weekly activity sessions. Session topics vary, but could include planting an herb garden, tasting and learning about a seasonal fruit or vegetable, or preparing a healthy snack. Apply online.

Inpatient Unit Volunteers

Schedule: Daily, 7:00AM-10:00PM
Provide comfort and compassion by assisting patients, their families, and visitors with nonclinical needs. Assist staff with assigned tasks that support patient needs. Apply online.

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Emergency Services

Schedule: Daily, 10:00AM to 10:00PM
Provide comfort and compassion by assisting patients, their families, and visitors with nonclinical needs. Assist staff with assigned tasks. Apply online.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Certified Animal Assisted Therapy dogs and volunteers who are registered with a specified pet handler organization provide emotional support and comfort to our patients and their families in designated areas and departments within NYU Langone. Apply online for opportunities at NYU Langone or Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Child Life—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Under direct supervision of a child life specialist, volunteers assist patients and siblings with activities, set-up and clean-up activities, and socialize with patients and their families. Apply online.

Spine Surgery—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Pleasantly greet all patients, family, and visitors with a warm welcome and a smile. Provide directions and information, or accompany patients, family members, and visitors to their destination. Assist with patient admission and discharge. Offer coffee and other refreshments to family members and play games with patients or family members. Apply online.

Food and Nutrition Services—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Assist with food preparation and sandwich assembly, as well as putting supplies away, setting up and breaking down catered functions, and maintaining kitchen cleanliness. Apply online.

Gift Shop—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, 9:30AM to 5:30PM 
Volunteers assist with the daily functions of the gift shop, including cashier work, sales, and helping customers. Apply online.

Immediate Care Center—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Visit with patients and families and maintain contact throughout the patient’s stay. Help patients understand the immediate care process and obtain comfort items for patients. Accompany patients and family members to other areas of the hospital. Apply online.

Ambulatory and Acute Surgery and Recovery—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Assist patients and visitors in the waiting rooms and patient areas. Communicate with nursing staff as patients move through the surgical system. Chart prep and coordination, answering and directing phone calls, and completing computer and clerical tasks. Apply online.

Pharmacy—Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Volunteers help the pharmacist or pharmacy assistant with repackaging, labeling, stock, and inventory. They also assist the executive secretary with filing and paperwork as needed. Apply online.

Initiative for Women with Disabilities—Young Women’s Program at Hospital for Joint Diseases

Schedule: Daily, hours vary by department
Assist staff with set-up and break down of the program. Assist participants with their belongings upon arrival and departure. Help participants with homework and health and wellness classes. Assist instructors in handing out program materials and motivating participants. Apply online.