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Summer Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program Canceled Summer 2021

To help ensure the safety of our campus for our patients, their families and our employees as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we have made the difficult decision to suspend most of the volunteer, student, trainee and intern programs on our campus effective Monday, March 23, 2020.  The webpage will be updated when programming resumes. We hope to resume Summer programming in the summer of 2022.


Applications are closed.

Program Description

The Summer Volunteer Program is highly structured to accommodate individuals who wish to gain experience with patients in a hospital environment. Several volunteer opportunities have been identified to provide a unique St. Jude volunteer contribution, thus helping improve our patient and family experience.

This year, you will have the opportunity to either serve with the Child Life Summer Volunteer Program or our traditional Summer Volunteer Program.

The Child Life volunteers help with recreational activities and play opportunities in group and one-on-one situations by providing a comfortable, accepting and non-threatening environment under the direction of a Child Life Specialist.

Child Life volunteers also assist the specialists with keeping toys clean, shelves stocked and organized, preparing for activities and events and much more.

The traditional Summer Volunteer Program will offer several volunteer opportunities throughout the hospital. Examples of shift experiences might include interacting with patients and families; participating in patient movie/craft/video-gaming events; cleaning toys; rounding up wagons and wheelchairs and escorting guests as needed; running an amenities cart to family rooms; or helping outside in the garden.

PLEASE NOTE: St. Jude Summer Interns, and students enrolled in the St. Jude Pediatric Oncology Experience (POE), are not eligible for this program. Please contact Volunteer Services for alternative volunteer opportunities.

Additionally, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not provide housing for volunteers. Any housing arrangements must be arranged and paid for by the participant.

If you have additional questions regarding the Summer Volunteer Program, contact our team at