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College Student Volunteer

Volunteers at Iowa Methodist, Methodist West, Blank Children's Hospital and Iowa Lutheran make a difference for our patients, families and staff.  College volunteers must commit to two semesters or 6 months.  We no longer do Summer only placements. 

College student volunteers 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 one shift, for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours once per week.
  4. Must volunteer for two semesters or six months (Example: summer and fall, fall and spring, spring and summer). NO SUMMER ONLY OPPORTUNITIES! 
  5. Must complete an application, health screening, attend an orientation/placement meeting and provide references.
  6. Must clear a criminal background check.

College Volunteer Opportunities

Methodist West Hospital

Emergency Department
We are now accepting applications for college students interested in volunteering to help staff and patients in our Emergency Department. Weekday and weekend placements will be for shifts from: 

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 Volunteer Services or email our office manager: (515)343-1645 or Kiley.marin@unitypoint.org

Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Blank Children's Hospital

We are accepting college volunteer applications for Iowa Methodist and Blank Children's Hospital.  Volunteer opportunities working with children are limited.  Apply Here!   


What is HELP? The Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) was developed by health care experts at Yale University to prevent delirium and physical decline in hospitalized older adults. HELP is now part of quality health care in more than 200 hospitals in the United States and internationally.

The Hospital Elder Life Program at UnityPoint Health works with nurses, doctors and other health care professionals. HELP staff and volunteers receive special program training and education to provide activities and services to assist in keeping patients engaged and active. 

We are looking for several volunteers to join the HELP team at Methodist Hospital. College students majoring in all areas of health care and social services are encouraged to apply.  A 6-month commitment is required. 

If interested, please contact Volunteer Services at Iowa Methodist at 515.241.6414 for details or apply here.

Iowa Lutheran Hospital

We are accepting college applications for Iowa Lutheran Hospital.  Volunteer shifts for college students vary in departments, weekdays, and hours. College volunteers must commit to one shift per week and two semesters or 6 months. If interested in volunteering at Iowa Lutheran, please complete the application: Apply Here!