Child Life Volunteer Program

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 below and contact the Department of Volunteer Services at: 212-241-0478

If you would like information on volunteering in the condensed summer program, please visit this link.


  • 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 (this does not apply to US citizens or green card holders.) Please contact International Personnel at for more information.
  • A minimum commitment of 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months. Volunteers are interviewed and accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. We have a wait list option for volunteers who a cleared at a time where there are no available placements.
  • Child Life will only consider individuals 18 years of age and older for inpatient unit openings. High School volunteers will be placed according to available openings in the KidZone TV studio.
  • It is preferred that a candidate has had prior experience with children or a background/strong interest in child development.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, creative resourcefulness and a desire to work with children.
  • Completion of all necessary volunteer department paperwork and medical clearance.
  • Participation in a department specific orientation.

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 contact and other isolation precautions.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to make note of significant interactions with patients and to pass it on to 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 nondirect patient care tasks as directed by your supervisor.