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2016 Teen Volunteer Process

If you are seeking a volunteer position with a medical / cancer research experience, please look into the MD Anderson Summer Experience offered through the Department of Trainee and Alumni Affairs. 

Teen program

In 2015, the Volunteer Services staff spent much time reviewing and evaluating the current teen volunteer program and redeveloped it.  The new program is entitled The MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership Program in Cancer Care.  This program is designed to train a select number of teenagers and provide them with a rewarding volunteer experience.  Our goal is to instill a lifetime commitment to volunteerism. Training, communicating effectively, developing good customer service skills, and working alongside patients, caregivers, staff and adult volunteers are key components of the program.

Teen volunteers will have an opportunity to: participate in a variety of experiences interacting with patients, caregivers, staff and other teen volunteers in several volunteer positions; gain exposure to healthcare careers; gain leadership skills and accrue more volunteer hours than in the previous program, allowing more teens to be eligible to apply for our teen scholarships, provided by Gift Shop proceeds.  

MD Anderson Teen Volunteer 
Leadership Program in Cancer Care

The MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership Program in Cancer Care program is a daytime and summer-only opportunity.  No evening, weekend or year-round volunteer opportunities are available.

Due to the nature of a leadership program and the number of teens currently in good standing and intending to return to the program next summer, we anticipate only 25 openings for the 2016 summer program.

Two sessions will be available:

  • Session I – June 6-July 1, 2016
  • Session II – July 11-August 5, 2016

Each session will be Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Teen volunteers will volunteer four days (Monday-Thursday) of each week in their session.  Teen volunteers are encouraged to schedule doctors’ appointments and other commitments on Fridays.
  • Teen volunteers will fulfill a morning shift (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and an afternoon shift (1-5 p.m.) with a one-hour lunch break (12-1 p.m.).  Teens are not to leave the MD Anderson campus during their lunch break.  
  • Teen volunteers may only be absent for a total of four shifts (equivalent to two days) during their session

Teens selected for the program will attend a full day of training on the first Monday of each session (June 6 for Session I and July 11 for Session II). Mandatory attendance on the training day is required.  

All teen volunteers will be cross-trained for all teen positions that will include: Clinic Assistant, Gift Shop, Coffee Cart, Beverage Cart, Popcorn Cart and Patient Navigator.  Each teen volunteer will fulfill a morning position (8 a.m.-12 p.m.) and then report to a different position for the afternoon shift (1-5 p.m.).  

Throughout the session, teen volunteers will attend learning opportunities that will include presentations representing different departments and tours throughout the institution.  

Selection process:

The MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership Program in Cancer Care application will be available on this web site from Friday, January 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, January 10 at 11 p.m.  

2016 Application: MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership Program in Cancer Care

Prior to completing the application, the teen should have discussed and determined with his/her parents/guardians which program he/she is applying to: Session I, Session II or both.  Please review dates and details of the program before applying.  Applicants may apply to both sessions, but will only be allowed to participate in one.  

From the applications submitted, 50 applicants will be identified to move to the next phase of the selection process, the interview. These applicants will be contacted by Volunteer Services to schedule a personal interview to take place in January and February. Each interview will last approximately 45 minutes.  

The 50 teen applicants who interviewed will be notified in March if they have been accepted to the 2016 The MD Anderson Teen Volunteer Leadership Program in Cancer Care.  

Questions? Please contact Volunteer Services at 713-792-7180.