Volunteer Services at MUSC Health

At MUSC Health, we value our volunteers. Our volunteers are an important part of our Care Team. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles from providing directions, to companionship for our patients, to support for our clinical team, to assisting hospital staff with administrative tasks. Our dedicated and compassionate volunteers help fulfill our mission of providing the best quality healthcare for the patients and families we serve.

Volunteer Applications

We appreciate your interest in volunteering at MUSC Health. Please see below for information about our online application.

Have questions? See our Staff Contact page for appropriate point of contact.

Location Application Link Application Window 
Charleston, SC
Applications Closed

August 12-16, 2024

Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg Volunteer Application 


Lancaster, SC 

Lancaster Volunteer Application


Florence, SC
Marion, SC
Black River, SC
Applications Closed

September 2024

 Columbia, SC
Kershaw, SC
Applications Closed

August 2024

We are always in need of the below volunteer assignments, please apply year-round for:

  • Therapy Animal Volunteers: If you are interested in becoming part of our Therapy Animal Program, see how to join our team!
  • Medical Interpreters: We offer a wonderful opportunity for certified medical interpreters to receive ongoing CEU's at no cost to them and even offer to pay their national certification renewal fees. Call us directly at 843-876-3102 regarding this assignment.

Requirements for Applicants

Applications to volunteer at MUSC Health are accepted during application windows or year-round depending on your location's availability. Must be at least 14 years of age to apply. Every person that applies is not selected to volunteer in the program. We recruit based our needs and place volunteers based on their interests, schedule, and completion of our onboarding checklist. Volunteer placement is contingent on an approved background check, health screening and clearance, and completed orientation. Quality patient care and the commitment to excellence is our goal so we look for people that can help us achieve that outcome. 

Once you have submitted your application, you will be called in for an interview. We ask you to allow one week for processing and scheduling.

If you are selected to our program:

  • You must commit to a minimum of one to three hour shift per week on the same day and time to fulfill a minimum of 100 volunteer hours per year.

  • You will sign permission for a SLED background check during your interview. 

  • You will be scheduled for a health screening at MUSC Employee Health Services. We will request an appointment that fits your schedule, to be determined during the interview process. Applicants will be given a TB test and are required to present a copy of their immunization records at the time of their health screening. 
    • Hep B, Varicella, MMR, and TDAP vaccination records will be reviewed and Flu shots are required (yearly- October through April) and provided at no cost to MUSC Volunteers. 
  • You will go through a virtual Orientation for Volunteers. This orientation will help you learn about the organization, its culture, and its expectations.

Requirements for MUSC Students or Employees

Applicants who are students or employees within MUSC must be cleared for patient contact through MUSC Employee Health Services. A volunteer badge will be created and volunteer access will be added to their student/employee badge if necessary. Volunteer virtual orientation can be substituted by their Annual Mandatory online trainings.

 Requirements for Current Volunteers

All volunteers are required to review the Hospital Mandatory Review every year. Please review the Annual Review Booklet and complete the post test.

Submit your Annual Review post test before your scheduled deadline. Contact us if you do not know your due date.

Learn About Our Programs

Adult Volunteer Program 

Adult volunteer opportunities are offered in three categories as well as specialty placements.

Arts in Healing

Changing what’s possible in health care by providing access to the inherent healing powers of the arts to improve the health and well-being of the community.

Candy Striper Program

Provide positive, energetic high school students who are possibly interested in health care with an environment and an opportunity to learn, help others, build friendships, and give back. Available throughout the MUSC Health system.

Palliative Care Program

Palliative Care Volunteers can provide many benefits to patients and their families who are hospitalized in both the adult and pediatric hospitals. While some volunteers choose a single focus for their time, others choose to rotate between various areas of the program. It is not the same as hospice as it can be delivered alongside treatments intended to cure and/or manage life-threatening or life-limiting ailments. 

Patient and Family Advisory Program (PFAC)

The Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC) are a partnership of family representatives and hospital staff members working together to meet the needs of patients and families. We offer in-person and virtual opportunities.

Therapy Animal Program

Certified therapy dogs and their handlers volunteer their time to visit patients and staff.

Women's & Children's Program

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available to adults and students over the age of 16 at Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.