Internships & Volunteerism

Sutter Volunteer FAQ

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE THE ORIENTATION…
I am a recent graduate from Sac State. Can I attend the orientation for the Sutter Health Volunteer Program?
What materials should I bring to the orientation session?
I am a current student, but I am unable to attend the orientation session. What are my options?
Do I have to RSVP to attend orientation?
Do I have to be a certain major to volunteer?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AFTER THE ORIENTATION…
How are candidates selected for placement?
Does volunteering guarantee future internship or employment positions through the Sutter Health?
Where and when do I submit my application packet?
When should I complete the background check?
Does it costs to participate in this program?
I have something negative in my background; will it affect me getting into the program?
How will I be notified of placement?
When do I have to complete my immunizations?
How many hours will I be required to complete each week?
How do I know what unit position is the best fit for my area of interest or major?


I am a recent graduate from Sac State. Can I attend the orientation for the Sutter Health Volunteer Program?

The Sutter Hospital Volunteer Program is for current undergraduate students who will have 60 units completed by the end of Fall 2013 semester and currently enrolled graduate students.  Alumni are not eligible to participate. However, various local hospitals take volunteers from the community regularly. If interested, you can contact the volunteer service coordinator at the hospital to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

The following is a partial list of hospitals with volunteer programs. Each is hyperlinked to take you to the hospital’s volunteer services page:

UC Davis Health System: Volunteer Services
Sutter Medical Center Volunteer Services
Mercy General Hospital Volunteer Services
Methodist Hospital of Sacramento Volunteer Services
Sutter Volunteer Opportunities

Additionally, here are some other volunteer related links that may be of interest to you. You can search the websites for volunteer opportunities related to your interest:

HealthCare Volunteer
Volunteer Match
Volunteer Center of Sacramento
Hands On Sacramento

What materials should I bring to the orientation session?

No materials are required, although a pen and paper is recommended. The purpose of the orientation is to let students know about the program, application requirements, and the application timeline. Students will receive information on where to locate application material as well as application instructions at the orientation.

I am a current student, but I am unable to attend the orientation session. What are my options?

Attending the orientation is MANDATORY in order to apply for the Sutter Hospital Student Volunteer Program. We hold the program every spring; we encourage you to apply for the program next year if you are unable to attend the mandatory orientation. However, various local hospitals take volunteers from the community regularly. If interested, you can contact the volunteer service coordinator at the hospital to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Do I have to RSVP to attend orientation?

Yes, students must RSVP for the mandatory orientation session. Click here to RSVP for the orientation session available. You must attend the orientation session you RSVP for - no exceptions will be made.

Do I have to be a certain major to volunteer?

Sutter Health Volunteer Program is a non-medical volunteer program that is open to students from all majors. It is a great opportunity to immerse one’s self in the hospital environment and explore careers in health.

How are candidates selected for placement?

Placement is not guaranteed!  The more options students list on their application, the easier it is for us to place you. Students who have applied before and graduating seniors are given priority when we assign placements. After that, placement decisions are made based on the following:

  • Class level
  • Major-unit match
  • Availability

*We do not consider past experience in the application process

Does volunteering guarantee future internship or employment positions through the Sutter Health?

Sac State cannot guarantee that students will receive further volunteer, internship, or employment opportunities upon completion of their 100 hours of volunteering. However, one benefit of volunteering is that you are meeting people who work in the healthcare field and network. Networking can lead to internship opportunities and employment; however it depends on the company’s needs at that time.

Where and when do I submit my application packet?

Students can turn in the application packet to the Academic Advising and Career Center front desk located in Lassen Hall room 1013. Once accepted by the front desk staffs, applications are immediately placed in a manila envelope so all information remains confidential. Please refer to the Sac State Sutter Volunteer Program main web page for application instructions and deadlines.

When should I complete the background check?

Background checks should not be completed until you have a confirmed placement. Instructions on completing the background check will be emailed to students placed in a volunteer position.

Does does it cost to participate in this program?

Students with a confirmed placement will be required to pay certain fees. You will complete an assigned background check which is about $42.00 and purchase scrubs and a photo I.D. badge for around $15.00.

I have something negative in my background; will it affect me getting into the program?

Negative information found in the background check may affect students’ ability to proceed with volunteering. Background checks are processed by Sutter Medical Center and eligibility is determined by the Sutter Medical Center Volunteer office. Students are welcome to contact the Sutter Medical Volunteer Services office if they have questions pertaining to their background check results.

How will I be notified of placement?

The Career Center will send an e-mail to all students with a confirmed placement. A link to accept or deny the placement will be included in the e-mail. Please check the Sutter Volunteer Program main webpage for the application and placement timeline. Due to the high volume of applicants, we may not be able to notify students who did not receive a placement.

When do I have to complete my immunizations?

Written records of tests and immunization must be submitted to Sutter Medical Center Volunteer Services upon beginning volunteer experience. We encourage applicants to submit documentation with application to expedite the application process. Written records to titers showing immunity to the disease are acceptable. Questions should be directed to Sutter Medical Center Volunteer Services smcsvolunteerservices@sutterhealth.org.

How many hours will I be required to complete each week?

For the Sutter Hospital Student Volunteer Program, students are required to complete 100 hours for the academic year which may be completed in the spring and summer. We place students in one position with a minimum of four hours per week time commitment. Students interested in committing more than 4 hours per week are encouraged to contact the Sutter Medical Center Volunteer Services Coordinator for more information.

How do I know what unit position is the best fit for my area of interest or major?

This is a non-clinical experience; therefore all volunteers regardless of unit are responsible for similar duties which include interacting with patients and hospital staff, administrative work, cleaning, and assisting as needed. We encourage students to think about the unit description when selecting a volunteer position. It is important to be strategic about the type of environment and people you would like to help to gain experience related to your area of interest or major.