Internships & Volunteerism

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Sutter Hospital, working in collaboration with the Sac State Career Center, places approximately 100 Sacramento State students each spring in volunteer positions through the Sutter Volunteer Program. Students volunteer at a variety of locations where they get exposure to many of the different components of the healthcare field. To volunteer through this program, students must carefully review the timeline and specific instructions outlined below.

Please note: this program only places students each spring.

Benefits of Volunteering...

  • Possibility of gaining internship units! Contact your major department to learn if the Sutter Volunteer Program qualifies for credit.
  • Valuable experience that will help you when applying to professional schools including nursing programs, medical schools, etc.
  • Exposure to the diverse career paths in healthcare.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • The Sutter Hospital Student Volunteer Program is for currently enrolled Sac State undergraduate students with 60 or more units completed by the end of the fall 2013 semester and graduate students. Alumni are not eligible to participate.
  • Students who wish to participate will be required to show proof that they have received the necessary immunizations. For a list of immunizations required by Sutter, click here.
  • Most volunteer unit assignments are located at Sutter Memorial Hospital (SMH) or Sutter General Hospital (SGH). However, some assignments are at other Sutter Medical Center locations in the Sacramento area including: Sutter Oaks Midtown (SOMT), Midtown Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), and Sutter Capitol Pavilion.
  • You will have to complete an assigned background check which is about $42.00 and purchase scrubs and a photo I.D. badge for around $18.00.
  • Please be aware that placement is not guaranteed.
  • If placed, you must attend Sutter’s On-site Orientation which will be held 2/22/14*. On-time attendance is mandatory. You will be dropped from the program if you cannot attend this Orientation.
  • Prepare to commit 4 hours/week to volunteering for a total of 100 hours. Hours must be completed in the spring and summer of the year you are placed.

Sac State Sutter Volunteer Program - Timeline and Application Instructions

Note: The Sac State Sutter Volunteer program is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate students who will have completed 60 or more units by the end of the Fall 2013 semester and currently enrolled graduate students.

Step 1. Attend the mandatory Sutter Volunteer Program Orientation held on campus on Saturday, November 23, 2013 located in the University Union Redwood Room. At the Sutter Volunteer Program Orientation, students will learn about the program and receive important information regarding the application such as where to find application materials and instructions on completing the application.

Sutter Health Orientation Powerpoint

Click here to view the Important Information handout


The orientation is mandatory. Applicants who do not attend the orientation will not be placed.

Step 2. Completed application packets are due to the Career Center (Lassen Hall 1013) by 5 p.m. on Friday,  December 6, 2013. Incomplete or incorrect information will disqualify the applicant.

Sutter Health Application Packet

Step 3. On Thursday, December 12, 2013 applicants will be notified what department they have been placed in.

  • Placed students must accept assignments by 5:00pm on Friday, December 13, 2013. Students will be required to submit a minimum of 500 word Letter of Purpose with placement confirmation. If the student does not accept his/her placement by the deadline, it will be given to an alternate.

Step 4. All students with confirmed placements will be required to do the following:

Complete an online background check by Friday, December 20, 2013.  Instructions will be sent through email once assignments have been accepted.

Step 5. Attend the mandatory Sutter On-site Orientation at 9 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014*. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted and will forfeit their placements.


Still have questions? Check out the Sac State Sutter Volunteer Program FAQ page.

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Sutter Volunteer Program - Positions

Below are descriptions of the unit positions where volunteers can gain experience.