Volunteering at the NIH Clinical Center

How to Apply

The CC Volunteer Services Program places individuals in Departments, Inpatient Units, and Outpatient Clinics. Volunteer opportunities focus on customer service and clerical duties and involve providing both direct and indirect services to patients. Please note these volunteer opportunities are NOT research or laboratory focused.

To be eligible, you MUST be 16 years of age on or before your start date. If interested in volunteering on an ongoing basis, you must be able to volunteer for a minimum of six months. If interested in volunteering during the summer, you must be able to work a minimum of 8 weeks unless the position specifically asks for a short-term volunteer. You also must be fluent in English.

The NIH Clinical Center is always interested in obtaining new volunteer applicants. To be considered, please fill out and submit the appropriate forms based on your interest.

Volunteer Services Program Information

Step 1: Application

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer the NIH Clinical Center, please fill out an application online or download the application form:

Application Form (Online Version)

  1. Direct your web browser to: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=859432049
  2. Fill in all of the required fields and select Continue.
  3. Follow the online instructions

Apply Now

Note: This online application may not be fully Section 508 compliant. If utilizing assistive technology please consider utilizing the PDF version. If you experience any difficulties or need any assistance completing the application, please do not hesitate to contact us

Application Form (PDF Version)

  1. Volunteer Application Form PDF Icon (67 KB)
  2. Reference Form PDF Icon (66 KB)
  3. Volunteer Agreement PDF Icon (40 KB)

To be considered for an interview, all three of the above-listed documents must be completed and submitted.

Completed volunteer applications may be faxed, mailed or emailed:


(301) 827-8652


Hospitality Department - Volunteer Services Program (VSP)
NIH Clinical Center
10 Center Drive
Room 4-2571, MSC 1504
Bethesda, MD 20892-1504

Step 2: Interview

If your application is selected, you will be required to attend an interview to discuss your volunteer goals and objectives. The VSP staff will assist with placement within a department that best suits your skill set. Language interpreters will be required to take an exam to determine their language skill.

Step 3: Orientation

All volunteers are required to attend a Clinical Center orientation to learn about hospital policies and procedures. Your assigned supervisor will provide on the job training.

A volunteer ID badge is required. To obtain a volunteer ID badge, you must undergo a security background check, which includes the submission of paperwork and fingerprints. If you are under 18, the paperwork must be signed by a parent/guardian.

Additionally, you must provide proof of a negative TB test completed within the past year, current flu shot, and measles vaccination. You will be required to be seen in Occupational Medical Services as part of your health clearance.

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This page last updated on 08/10/2017

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