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Preprofessional Opportunities

NYU Medical Center - Volunteer Opportunities


Category: Volunteer
Type: Clinical
Location: New York New York


Jabeen Dinzey

550 First Avenue New York, NY 10016



On average, volunteers are required to commit to volunteering the same day, same time each week for at least 6 months. Commitment time lengths vary from program to program (4-12 months).


NYU Medical Center’s comprehensive array of services provides a diverse range of opportunities. All Programs are non-medical and there are no doctor-shadowing positions.

Volunteer Opportunites:

Liason (Mostly DAY, some EVE): Assist patients and visitors in waiting rooms, the pharmacy and in a limited way, in-patient areas.

Information Desk (DAY): Assist patients, staff and the public by providing information and directions to various areas of the hospital.

Recreation (DAY, some EVE & W/E): Assist Recreation Therapists with recreation programs for adult and pediatric patients.

Patient Unit and ER Volunteers (DAY, EVE, W/E): Visit in the ER or on an assigned patient unit. Volunteers listen to and converse with patients/visitors making them feel better about their hospital experience. Run errands for patients and staff as required.

Physical/Occupational Therapies (DAY, few W/E shifts): Assist physical and occupational therapists by maintaining patient treatment areas, escorting patients and helping with office tasks. Volunteers will observe therapists treating patients.

Nutrition (DAY): Assist nutritionists and dietitians with daily tasks, as well as learn about the nutrition field in a hospital setting. This position is for senior university students majoring in nutrition science.

Meet and Greet (DAY): Provide comfort and compassion by visiting parents/families of pediatric patients. Give information about the pediatric unit and hospital to those parents of newly admitted patients.