Volunteers are integral team members to the operations and culture of Mount Sinai Morningside (MSM). We are honored you are interested in joining us to deliver safe, high-quality, equitable, and compassionate care to our patients and visitors.
Our volunteers are dedicated caring individuals who have the desire to give their time and talents to positively impact the patient experience. Each volunteer has special skills and a unique contribution to make here at MSM. We want to find the right placement for you.
We offer a rewarding opportunity that will let you help others and learn and grow individually. We know you have a choice about where you provide service and we thank you for considering Mount Sinai Morningside.
Mount Sinai Morningside
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street
New York, NY 10025
Tel: (212) 523-2188
Unit Support Volunteers help us meet our patients’ non-clinical needs. They visit with patients, fulfill small requests, and help orient them to the hospital and unit. The Unit Support Volunteer position is open to High School students. Volunteers are required to commit to a consecutive 3-hour shift per week and 150 hours minimum. This opportunity is appropriate for volunteers 15 years old and older.
Emergency Department (ED) Volunteers provide non-clinical support by utilizing communication, companionship, and fast-paced problem-solving techniques to enhance the overall ED experience. The volunteer will play an important role in altering what might otherwise be perceived as an intimidating and scary environment to one of compassion and genuine concern for both our patients and staff. This opportunity is limited to those over the age of 18. Volunteers are required to commit to a consecutive 3-hour shift per week and 150 hours minimum.
Delirium Program Volunteers provide non-medical interventions to promote cognitive stimulation, reorient to the environment, and increase the mobility of delirium patients. Delirium is a syndrome of global brain dysfunction associated with acute medical and surgical conditions, typically occurring in hospitalized geriatric patients. Volunteers serve as part of a team to treat active cases of delirium and prevent delirium in high-risk cases and gain one on one patient experience in medical and surgical unit settings. Orientation, ongoing supervision, and education will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, serve a minimum of 130 hours over 6 months, and have afternoon availability (12:30 pm – 5:00 pm) Monday through Friday. Must commit to one 4.5-hour shift per week. For more information please reach out to Katherine Reina at Katherine.Reina@mountsinai.org.
Our Animal Assisted Therapy Program allows volunteers with a dog that has been qualified by an approved therapy dog organization to engage with patients and staff throughout the hospital. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or older and must willing to commit to making one visit a month.
Our Junior Medical Program, or JuMP, is a summer program for 15 to 17-year-olds to learn from our healthcare professionals, in both clinical and non-clinical areas, and contribute to overall patient satisfaction. You can watch the daily activities and responsibilities involved in running a hospital, as well as obtain direct patient contact. There is a 100-hour commitment during this 6 – 8 week program. Applications are accepted from January 1 – March 31.
Other limited opportunities include:
- Administrative Volunteer
- Child and Adolescent Psych Department
- Ambulatory Surgery
- Fall Reduction Program
- Music for Patients
- Meal Assistance Program
- All volunteers must have a valid social security number and be at least 15 years old to volunteer. Some programs have an age requirement of 18 years old (e.g. Emergency Department)
- To contribute to our volunteer program, we require a minimum time commitment of 150 hours. Volunteers are required to work at least one 3-hour shift per week.
- Our summer JuMP program is for students interested in health care who are willing to commit to 100 hours of volunteer work. The application process mirrors our other programs, however, we only accept JuMP applications between January 1 and March 31 and have a limited number of slots.
To apply, please submit the following documents through the link below:
- A completed Application Form
- One letter of recommendation (not a relative)
- A resume (recommended but not required)
Once we receive your application, we:
- Review applications monthly to see whether we have a need that you can fill. We review all applications, but only contact applicants whose interests and availabilities best match our needs.
- Interview requests are sent via email. Interviews are scheduled to discuss possible volunteer placements, your interest, and what you can contribute as a volunteer. An interview does not guarantee acceptance
The full process from application to volunteer can take 4 – 8 weeks.
If we invite you to join our volunteer team, you will need to complete the following:
- Volunteer Medical Clearance by your personal physician. This is required by New York State Public Health Law. Prospective volunteers are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining medical clearance, not including the required drug test which is provided by the hospital.
- Background Check performed by Volunteer Services staff.
- Read and understand the Volunteer Handbook and Code of Conduct.
- Hands-on training with an experienced volunteer.
How do I become a volunteer at Mount Sinai Morningside (MSM)?
The first step is to complete the volunteer application.
What is the time commitment to volunteer at MSM?
150-hour minimum requirement for most of our placements.
What does the onboarding process entail?
Please visit the APPLICATION PROCESS above.
How do I apply for the Summer Volunteer Program?
Complete the volunteer application between January 1 and March 31.
What is the age required to volunteer?
15 years old and older.
Do I need prior hospital or clinical experience to apply?
Not at all.
Will I have an opportunity to shadow and interact with hospital professionals?
We do not place volunteers in shadowing positions but volunteers are working closely with hospital personnel and professionals.
Do you offer central sterile, Phlebotomy, EKG, or any hands-on opportunities?
We do not.
Would a job be offered from this opportunity?
Job offers are the exception, not the rule. Should you be job searching, please look for job opportunities on our careers website, as our volunteer opportunities do not guarantee employment.