Volunteer in Child Life and Creative Art Therapy

Volunteers are an important part of The Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. If you would like information on volunteering during the academic year, please read about the criteria and contact the Department of Volunteer Services at diane.albert@mountsinai.org or 212-241-0478.

For information on volunteering in the condensed summer program, Adult Summer Volunteers (18 years and older), contact Diane Albert in the Department of Volunteer Services at diane.albert@mountsinai.org, or 212-241-0478. High School Summer Volunteers (minimum age 15 years), please contact Mathea Jacobs at mathea.jacobs@mountsinai.org. Please note: Volunteer positions for the summer are very limited as we receive a large number of applicants and the acceptance process is very competitive.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Can commit a minimum of four consecutive hours per week for four consecutive months. We interview and accept volunteers on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. We have a wait list option for volunteers who are cleared at a time where there are no available placements.
  • Are 18 years of age and older for inpatient openings; high school volunteers (ages 15-17) will be placed according to available openings in the KidZone TV studio.
  • Preferably have had prior experience with children or a background and strong interest in child development.
  • Have plenty of energy, enthusiasm, creative resourcefulness, and a desire to work with children.
  • Complete all necessary volunteer department paperwork and medical clearance.
  • Participate in a department-specific orientation.

Volunteer applicants with non-immigrant visa status (including but not limited to H-1's, H-4's, TN's, TD's, F-1's, F-2's, J-1's, J-2's, and EAD holders) are not permitted to volunteer. U.S. citizens and green card holders may apply to volunteer.  Please contact International Personnel at hamel.vyas@mountsinai.org for more information.

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities to individual patients referred by the Child Life Specialist.
  • Assist Child Life staff or interns in group activities, including set-up and clean-up of the activity room or clinic area.
  • Work independently, but be open to supervision.
  • Practice strict hand-washing techniques and follow procedures for isolation precautions.
  • Make note of significant interactions with patients and share with Child Life or other health care team members; this information can contribute to the care of the patient.
  • Follow safety and other guidelines as outlined in the orientation checklist.
  • Assist with toy cleaning and other non-direct patient care tasks as directed by your supervisor.