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.

Iowa Lutheran Hospital: College Volunteer Opportunities

We are accepting applications for our Summer College Volunteer Program.


  • Volunteers will be assigned a shift once a week on a specific weekday and time.

  • Must be willing to commit to a 10-week program.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program and have completed their freshman year.
  • Applicants accepted into the program after the interview will receive additional information on completing a health screening and background check before starting the program.

Summer 2015 Openings:

Emergency Department Volunteer

We are now accepting applications for college students interested in volunteering and helping staff and patients in our Emergency Department. Placements will be on an assigned weekday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.   

Volunteers applying for the Emergency Department volunteer position need to be pursuing a degree towards a medical-related field. Examples: Nursing, PA, Medicine.

Please contact Holly Porter at 263-5475 or at Holly.Porter@unitypoint.org to request an application. Include your name, contact information, college attending, year in school and degree pursuing.  

Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital

Now accepting applications for summer 2015. Please complete the form to the left to request an application packet. Summer placements are limited.