Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services Office Closed: Volunteering has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our staff is available via email and will be happy to answer your questions: umhs.volunteer@umich.edu

Welcome to Michigan Medicine Volunteer Services! We are pleased to know of your interest in volunteering at this world-renowned medical center, where we put patients and families first and are dedicated to their care and comfort.

With over 2,000 active volunteers within Michigan Medicine, the generosity and spirit of giving are an essential component in the healing process. Our volunteers change people's lives, and their lives are changed forever as well.

Volunteer Information

  • Returning Volunteer: If you are a returning volunteer in any category, visit the Returning Volunteers page.
  • New Volunteer: Are you a new volunteer? Choose the category below that best describes you.

Please note that while you may request to work as a volunteer in a specific area, your preferences cannot be guaranteed, and all new volunteer positions are assigned based on need. For a list of opportunities, visit our Volunteer Placement Opportunities page.

College or Graduate Students

For students enrolled in any college, graduate or higher education school or university. College undergraduates and graduate students can apply to volunteer at Michigan Medicine three times a year: in April for Spring/Summer term, September for Fall term, and December for Winter term. Note: First semester Freshmen are not eligible to volunteer to allow for adjusting to college life.

  • New Volunteers: Follow these steps:

Step 1: Register to attend an Information Session. You must attend an Information Session to be eligible to volunteer!

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions and directions.

Step 2: Schedule and attend an Interview. Instructions for scheduling an interview will be provided at the Information Session. Bring ALL items listed on the Volunteer Interview Checklist to your interview. You will forfeit your appointment if your materials are incomplete. Your interview will last approximately 2 hours.*

Step 3: Sign-up to attend General Orientation once your Interview Appointment is scheduled. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions and directions. Instructions for scheduling a General Orientation will be provided at the Information Session. You may attend a General Orientation before or after your Interview date, but please choose the earliest possible date so you can get started volunteering!

Step 4: Begin volunteering!

*NOTE: We live in a generous community where many want to volunteer at Michigan Medicine. Because of the limited number of volunteer placements available, every missed appointment means someone else is prevented from having the opportunity to interview. Therefore, we are not able to accept an application from, or schedule future interviews for, anyone who missed their original Volunteer Interview appointment without notifying Volunteer Services.

Community Members (non-students)

Steps for Volunteering at Michigan Medicine
Community Members (non-students) can apply to volunteer at Michigan Medicine at any time. Monthly Orientations are scheduled to accommodate our community members’ schedules.

Returning Community Volunteers: See "For All Returning Volunteers" below.

New Community Volunteers:  Follow these steps:

Step 1: Register to attend an Information Session. You must attend an Information Session to be eligible to volunteer!

After you register, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions and directions.

Step 2: Schedule and complete an Interview Appointment. Bring ALL items listed on the Volunteer Interview Checklist to your interview. You will forfeit your appointment if your materials are incomplete. Your interview will last approximately 2 hours.

Step 3: Sign up to attend General Orientation once your Interview Appointment is scheduled. You will receive an email confirmation with instructions and directions.

Step 4: Begin volunteering!

High School Teens (Ages 16-18)

High School Teens between the ages of 16-18 can apply to volunteer at Michigan Medicine for the summer session only (June-August).

Exception: Teens are permitted to volunteer any time of the year if they have a pre-arranged agreement with a lab or research area. Please refer to the Pre-Approved Volunteers document for more information.

Note: Teens must be 16 years of age by June 15th to be eligible to volunteer at Michigan Medicine. This includes students who graduated from high school but have not yet started college.

  • New Teen Volunteers: Follow these steps:

Step 1: Register to attend an Information Session. You must attend an Information Session accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be eligible to volunteer. Please Note: Attending an Information Session does not guarantee an interview appointment.

Step 2: Schedule and attend an Interview. Instructions for scheduling an interview will be provided at the Information Session. Bring ALL items listed on the Volunteer Interview Checklist to your interview. You will forfeit your appointment if your materials are incomplete. Your interview will last approximately 2 hours.* Interviews will be held June 22-26, 2020.

Step 3: Sign-up and attend a General Orientation session. Instructions for scheduling an Orientation will be provided at the Information Session. You may attend Orientation before or after your Interview date, but please choose the earliest possible date. The sooner you complete Orientation, the sooner you can start volunteering! Attendance at one general orientation session is mandatory for new volunteers.

See the Directions to General Orientation document for directions.

Step 4:  Begin volunteering!

*NOTE: We live in a generous community where many want to volunteer at Michigan Medicine. Because of the limited number of volunteer placements available, every missed appointment means someone else is prevented from having the opportunity to interview. Therefore, we are not able to accept an application from, or schedule future interviews for, anyone who missed their original Volunteer Interview appointment without notifying Volunteer Services.

Pre-Approved Volunteers

For those who have a pre-established placement in a lab, clinic or research area. See our Pre-Approved Placements guide for details.

Volunteer Placement Supervisors

Visit our Volunteer Placement Supervisors page for information about your role and responsibilities.

Important Dates

For a schedule of important dates for all volunteers by category, view or download the Important Dates PDF.

Contact Us

Volunteer Services Department
L2616 UH South
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5237

Phone: 734-936-4327
Fax: 734-936-9423
Email: umhs.volunteer@umich.edu