Ready to Join UCHL?
Any interested applicants should review our Expectations and FAQ page before applying to understand what to expect as a volunteer. When ready to apply, please read the information on this page carefully.
Application Process Overview
There are 3 stages involved in becoming a volunteer:
- Fill out UCHL application before the deadline, including onboarding forms as listed below.
- After review of your application, we will invite you for an interview if you meet the required criteria listed below.
- If accepted, we will contact you with further steps.
Applicants will be invited for interviews and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all available spots are filled. Therefore, it is beneficial to your application to submit as early as possible after the application period opens. Interviews are granted to applicants who fulfill the required criteria listed below. Preferred qualifications are also listed for your consideration.
- Completion of undergraduate freshman year by the start date of the program
- 3.0 GPA or better
- Completion of onboarding forms fully and correctly (see Application section)
- Completion of application by the deadline
- Interest in working with and/or coming from an underserved or underrepresented population
- Leadership experience
- Applicants who demonstrate:
- Ambition, adaptability, creativity, and persistence
- A desire to impact patients' lives
- An inherent desire to learn more about health care
There is an application FAQ at the bottom of this page. If you have any additional questions on these requirements or the application, contact us at email@example.com. Once you are ready to apply, proceed to the application below.
The application for Summer 2024 is opening soon! Information is listed below:
- Application opens: March 3rd
- Application closes: April 1st, 11:59pm
- Training Day: June 1st - it is mandatory for our volunteers to attend this!
- Program Start Date: June 3rd
- Program End Date: August 9th
- Mandatory Group Meeting Dates:
- Monday, 6/17 - 7pm
- Tuesday, 7/9 - 7pm
- Wednesday, 8/7 - 7pm
- Meetings are held in-person at UConn Health in Farmington - We expect our volunteers to be available to attend all of our monthly group meetings!
- You must review the following materials and discuss any questions with us:
- You must review and submit the following completed forms/packets with your application:
- Background Form
- Parking form
- HPA Letter of Endorsement
- Unpaid Experience Form
- Safety Checklist for Unpaid Participants with Potential Exposure to Workplace Hazards
- Self-Learning Orientation Acknowledgement
- 2023/24 Annual Compliance, Privacy, and Security Training
- UConn Health Confidentiality Policy
- Onboarding Packet
- Applicants often fill out the Onboarding Packet incorrectly. Work as a volunteer will require attention to detail and properly filling out forms. Applications with incorrect or incomplete onboarding forms will not be considered for an interview.
- As a tip - the last page of the packet has a blank column labeled "Participant Initials". Make sure you initial every box of this column! A sample completed onboarding packet can be found here
Q: I don't have my own car. What should I answer for the transportation question?
- A: Volunteers are required to arrange their own transportation to volunteer shifts and meetings. In the past, volunteers without cars have successfully participated in the program using public transportation. If you do not have a car but are still interested in participating, you should provide a plan for acquiring transportation in your application (Note: relying on a carpool with another volunteer does not count. There may be opportunities for carpools after our schedule is finalized; however they are not guaranteed at the time of application.
Q: I already graduated from college! Can I still apply?
- A: Yes! Many of our volunteers are currently in their gap years.
Q: Where do I get an HPA Letter of Endorsement?
- A: An HPA is a health professions advisor - an advisor or advising office that specializes in working with pre-health applicants. Many schools do not assign a formal advisor to students; however, it is important for you to know your HPA office, as you will work with them on your school application. Below is a list of HPA contacts for various schools in CT.
- University of Connecticut - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wesleyan University - email@example.com
- Trinity College - Charles.Swart@trincoll.edu
- Quinnipiac University - firstname.lastname@example.org
- University of Hartford - email@example.com
- St Joseph University - firstname.lastname@example.org
- CCSU - email@example.com
- SCSU - firstname.lastname@example.org
- ECSU - email@example.com
- WCSU - CordeiraJ@wcsu.edu