Application Requirements

Please read the following information carefully.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. It is a privilege to serve the many patients and families who seek care at Children’s. As one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, it is imperative that each team member understand and respect the seriousness of our patients’ health. It is for this reason that we have specific requirements within the application process, including the submission of immunization records to protect the patients and families that we serve.

Volunteer requirements include:

  • A minimum age of 14 years
  • Commitment to one 3-hour shift per week for one semester (students) or six months (non-students)
  • Written documentation, from your health care provider, of Children’s required immunizations
  • Completion of a personal interview
  • Completion of a 2.5-hour volunteer orientation
  • Successful verification of a criminal background check

Getting Started:

Step 1: Application

Our application (scroll to bottom of page) is available online only. At the bottom of the application, you will be asked to verify a statement certifying that you will submit a complete record of your immunizations to our office as the second step in our onboarding process:  we will not set up your interview until these records have been received.  Please call your health care provider to verify your immunization status as soon after submitting the application as possible, since obtaining these records may take time.

Step 2: Submission of Immunization Records

Submit your required volunteer immunization records to the Volunteer Services office.  Vaccines required include chickenpox/varicella, MMR, and Tdap, as well as a negative Mantoux (tuberculosis) test within the past 12 months.  These records can be faxed to 612-813-6147 (Minneapolis), 651-220-6115 (St. Paul), or e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 3: Interview

Once your volunteer application and immunization records have been received, we will review your availability and preferred service areas. We will contact you by either phone or e-mail to set up a personal interview if your availability matches our current needs. Please note that an interview offer does not guarantee placement.

Step 4: Orientation

Orientation is 2 and ½ hours long. All volunteers must attend a general orientation session, held on either the Minneapolis or St. Paul campus. You will be provided with orientation dates and times after completing a volunteer interview and submitting written documentation of your immunizations.