2022 Summer Student Volunteer Program

The program is no longer accepting applications. Please check back in January when we will begin to accept applications for Summer 2023.

What is the Summer Student Volunteer Program?

This year’s Summer Student Volunteer Program is an 8-week program running July 11 - September 2. High school students from Buffalo and surrounding communities are encouraged to apply. Students will do worthwhile work within Roswell Park that truly makes a difference in the overall care of our patients.

What are the benefits of being a Summer Student Volunteer?

  • Satisfaction and fulfillment from making a difference in someone’s life
  • Fostering a connection to the community
  • Gain hospital work-related experience
  • Documentation of community service hours
  • Polish your soft skills
  • Meet other volunteers and develop friendships
  • A $5 cafeteria meal discount every shift you volunteer
  • Free parking in the Roswell Park ramp

What we are unable to provide:

  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Medical or clinical training
  • Course credits or internships

What are the requirements?

  • Between 15-18 years old
  • A minimum GPA of 85
  • A letter of reference from a guidance counselor, teacher, or coach
  • A brief essay explaining why you would like to volunteer at Roswell Park
  • Able to commit for the full 8-week program, understanding there is only one excused absence.
  • Attend an orientation offered either June 18 or June 28
  • Vaccinated against COVID-19

What volunteer positions are available for Summer Student Volunteers?

  • Craft cart: A volunteer prepares the craft cart with arts and crafts provided by the Patient Advocacy Department. The varieties of available crafts provide patients and family members in the clinical waiting areas of the hospital with pleasant diversions to pass the time, as well as allowing the volunteer to be a friendly visitor lending support and hospitality. The volunteer will restock the cart after each shift.
  • Errand/Escort: Volunteers assist staff/departments by completing errands and escorting/transporting patients according to policies and procedures. Tasks may include answering phones, organizing mailings, assembling packets, and transporting medical records from one area to another. Volunteers should have good communication skills in English, a working knowledge of the hospital’s layout (learned), and the ability to walk/ travel distances.
  • Front door greeter: The front door greeter is the first and last person our patients and their family members see when they are at Roswell Park. A smiling face and warm personality are a requirement for this position. This job sets the tone for a visit. Volunteers should have good communication skills in English, a working knowledge of the hospital’s layout (learned), and the ability to walk/ travel distances.
  • Gift shop: Volunteers provide support to the hospital’s busy retail shop. Responsibilities include assisting customers, cashiering, providing information about the store’s stock and assisting with inventory, marking goods, keeping the display tidy and attractive, dusting and vacuuming. Volunteers receive training and are required to have excellent customer service skills.
  • Market in the Park: Volunteers will work with our market vendors to assist with setting up and helping with tasks that they may need. Volunteers need to be able to walk/ travel varying distances. Volunteers will receive training and are required to have excellent customer service skills.
  • Special projects: During the year we receive many project requests that may take a large amount of time or special training. These requests range from document scanning to helping in different areas throughout the hospital. No two jobs are the same, but they are all are important to the mission of Roswell Park and its patients.

To hold a spot for this program the following items should be submitted:

  • A completed volunteer application due May 1 or when program reaches capacity - Download Here
  • Signed parental consent form - Download Here
  • A brief essay explaining why you would like to volunteer at Roswell Park
  • Completed and signed Summer Student interest form (reference chart below) - Download Here

What positions are open?

Below you will find the list of open and filled volunteer opportunities for this program. This list is updated weekly so please be sure to check this page prior to sending in your application and other required forms.

  Mon AM Mon PM Tues AM Tues PM Wed AM Wed PM Thurs AM Thurs PM Fri AM Fri PM
Craft cart X X X X X X X X X X
Errand & escort X 12-4 X 12-4 8-12 X X 12-4 8-12 12-4
Front door 9-1 X X X X X 9-1 X 9-1 X
Gift shop X X X X X X X X X X
Market in the Park X X X X X X X X X X
Special projects X X X X X X X X X X

Once you receive a confirmation letter (within two weeks of applying) please be aware the following must be completed and returned by June 10th.

  • Proof of a GPA of 85 percent or higher with supporting documentation from a school counselor.
  • A letter of reference from a guidance counselor, a teacher, or a coach
  • Roswell Park Volunteer Medical Certification form, including immunization records/ PPDS and medical provider’s signature. (Form will be emailed to you upon acceptance into the program.)
  • Provide proof of Covid vaccination

General information

Volunteer placements and assignments will be determined based on application information and one-on-one phone interview with students. Volunteers will be notified of their acceptance or denial within two weeks of their application.

The student volunteer dress code is as follows:

  • Khaki pants, knee-length shorts/ capris only - No denim, leggings, or yoga pants
  • Provided Roswell Park volunteer shirt
  • Sneakers or other closed-toe shoes only, no sandals or flip-flops are allowed

Important dates to remember:

  • May 1: Application is due
  • June 10: Medical Certification is due
  • June 18: Orientation 10 am-Noon
  • June 28: Orientation 4pm-6pm

(All students must attend one orientation)

For more information or to receive a mailed application packet, please email Ryan.St.Louis@RoswellPark.org or call our office at 716-845-5708.