UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

College Student Volunteer

Volunteers at Iowa Methodist, Blank Children's Hospital and Iowa Lutheran make a difference for our patients, families and staff. College students are on-boarded into our volunteer program three times per year - fall semester, spring semester and summer (must commit to 10 weeks during summer). 

College students volunteering during the school year need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Currently enrolled in college.
  2. Be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Willing to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours once per week.
  4. Must volunteer for two semesters (Example: summer and fall, fall and spring, spring and summer).
  5. Summer volunteering college students must be available to commit to 10-weeks of the summer.
  6. Must complete an application, health screening, attend an orientation/placement meeting and provide references.
  7. Must clear a criminal background check.

College Volunteer Opportunities

Methodist West Hospital

We are currently accepting applications for college students.  You must be willing to commit at least six months to the program.  Please fill out the Methodist West application to the left of this page.  Thanks again for your interest in volunteering at Methodist West Hospital.

Surgery Waiting Room
Current Openings: Monday 4-5:30 pm, Tuesday 4-5:30 pm, Wednesday 4-5:30 pm

Our surgery waiting area is in need of volunteers to help at the desk in the waiting room.  The volunteers interact with families who have patients in surgery late in the day.  This is a quieter time in the surgery waiting room so this would be a great opportunity for college students.  The main role for the volunteer is to interact with families; update them on the progress of surgery; communicate with the nursing staff and physicians.  Because it is a quieter time, students are allowed to do homework at the desk while assisting the families.  

Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital

Spring semester 2017 placements have been filled.
Next on-boarding from summer placements will be open mid-March.

Iowa Lutheran Hospital

Thank you for your interest in the Iowa Lutheran Hospital College Emergency Department Volunteer Program! If you wish to apply, download the Volunteer Application and fill out in entirety. Upon completion, mail the documents to:

Iowa Lutheran Hospital
Volunteer Services Office 
Attn: Brad Fuglsang 
700 E University Ave 
Des Moines, IA 50316-2392

Deadline for applications is Thursday, January 12th, 2017.
Available shifts are from 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, 5pm-8pm, and 8pm-11pm each day of the week.