Lenox Hill Hospital offers a comprehensive summer health care immersion program for high school students. Applications for the summer 2015 program will be made available online on April 6, 2015.

Program overview

Students are placed throughout the hospital in hands-on roles that will give them prime exposure to hospital operations and care delivery. The department looks for students who will enhance the patient experience and who understand what great customer service is and its importance. Placements are made based on the student’s availability, interests and department needs. The goal with all placements is to give the volunteer a useful learning experience.

The primary responsibility of a summer program volunteer will be as an active and engaged participatory learner. Volunteers will be involved in enhancing the overall experience of patients, assisting them with finding the answers to their questions, in providing as needed comfort and support.

This program is geared towards engaged and outgoing students who will be able to use this experience to better inform their future career and educational goals. The department looks for students interested in a wide variety of health care careers.

Selection process

The selection of high school program participants will be based on the following factors, which should be covered in a student’s application essay:

  • Interest in learning about health care and hospitals
  • Willingness and desire to make an impactful volunteer commitment
  • Previous volunteer and community service experience
  • Personal maturity level
  • Educational background and career interests

Eligibility and program details

Eligibility requirement

  • High school students who are between the ages of 15 and 18 are eligible to be considered for program participation. Accepted students will undergo a free of charge medical clearance process prior to starting.

Program size

  • Approximately 50-75 students will be invited for interviews. From those, 15-20 students will be selected for the program.

Program dates

  • The high school summer program runs for six weeks from July 6, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

Time commitment

  • Each high school student will choose three days of the week for their summer program schedule, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will adhere to a pre-determined work schedule which matches their availability with the needs of the hospital. Students must be available for the entire duration of the program.

Volunteer placements

  • Placements are made based on the student’s availability, interests and department needs. The goal with all placements is to give the volunteer a useful learning experience

Important dates to remember

  • Mandatory summer program training: Monday, July 7
  • Mandatory site orientation: Tuesday, July 8

Applicant notification

  • All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the status of their application.
  • Interview requests will be sent via e-mail by May 4, 2015. Acceptances will be sent by May 15, 2015.

Questions about the summer high school volunteer program may be directed to Olivia Starr via e-mail at the Volunteer Services Department at ostarr@nshs.edu.