Inpatient Care

Inpatient care volunteers at Mount Sinai assist staff by visiting patients and/or their families, answering call lights, walking with patients, assisting patients at meal time, and assisting at the time of admission and discharge. Volunteers are assigned to a specific patient care area.

  • Minimum age: 16
  • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week for 6 months [or 100 hours] or summer program: 10 hours per week for 8 weeks [80 hours]
  • Times to volunteer: weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Child Life

The Child Life Program helps infants, children, and adolescents cope with illness and hospitalization by offering therapeutic activities tailored to meet their social, emotional, and education needs. Child Life volunteers help staff the playrooms and bring play and art materials to the bedside.

  • Minimum age: 17 [limited opportunities for 15 and 16 year olds]
  • Minimum hours: 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months. 
  • Summer interview deadline: 18 year-olds and above - March 8; 15-17 year-olds - May 3 
  • Summer program requires a minimum of 120 hours over a 6-8 week period
  • Times to volunteer: 7 days a week

Volunteer positions for our consolidated summer program are limited. Because we receive a large number of applicants, we are not able to extend an offer to everyone.

2014 Summer Volunteers 18 years of age and over:
Volunteers will commit to approximately two 6 hours shifts per week for a total of 10-12 consecutive weeks beginning after Memorial Day. They will be placed according to openings.

  • Interview period: January 13 - March 7, 2014
  • Notification Date: March 17, 2014

2014 Summer Volunteers 15 – 17 years of age:
Volunteers will commit to approximately one 4 hours shift per week (or two 2 hour shifts per week for the Zone) for a total of 8 consecutive weeks beginning after completion of the school year. They will be placed according to age and openings.

  • Interview period: March 10 - May 2, 2014
  • Notification date: May 12, 2014

Music for Healing

Volunteers may perform either at the patient's bedside or in an open area where patients and their families may come to listen. Musicians must demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of patients and should have knowledge of soothing music. Volunteers may use voice, an instrument, or both.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Minimum hours: variable
  • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday

Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT)

Individual volunteers and their dogs must be certified as a Pet Assisted Therapy team by a recognized organization [e.g. Good Dog Foundation, Therapy Dogs International, or Pet Partners] which recommends the team for hospital service. Each PAT team is screened by the Volunteer Department for suitability in our hospital environment.

  • Minimum age of volunteer: 16
  • Times to volunteer: 7 days a week

Varsity Volunteer Corps

High school students learn what to expect when visiting patients in the hospital, how to feel comfortable meeting patients and families, and understand hospital staff roles and interactions with staff.

  • Minimum age: 15
  • Minimum hours: 2 consecutive hours/wk for 6 months or 4 hours/week for 8 weeks in summer
  • Times to volunteer: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Contact Us

Department of Volunteer Services
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1274
New York, NY 10029
Tel: 212-241-0478

For Registered Volunteers
Electronic Sign-in