Internships & Volunteerism

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

Please note: This program only places students during the spring semester.

Benefits of Volunteering
  • Possibility of gaining internship units! Contact your major department to learn if the Sutter Hospital 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.
  • Network with professionals in your field.
Tips to Keep in Mind:
  • Program is open to all majors but some placements may prefer certain majors such as the Pharmacy Department prefers Pre-Pharmaceutical Biology majors.
  • Alumni are not eligible to participate but please visit the FAQ page for information on other opportunities.
  • If you wish to participate, you will be required to show proof that you have received the necessary immunizations. For a list of immunizations required by Sutter, Click Here.
  • Most volunteer unit assignments are located at Ose Adams Medical Pavilion or Anderson Lucchetti Women's and Children's Hospital. However, some assignments are at other Sutter Medical Center locations in the Sacramento area including: Old Tavern Building or Sutter Capitol Pavilion.
    Click here for a printable map of Sutter Hospital
  • You will have to complete an assigned background check which is approximately $42.00, as well as 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 on TBD. On-time attendance is mandatory. You will be dropped from the program if you cannot attend this Orientation or if you arrive late.
Program Requirements:
  • Must be a currently enrolled Sac State undergraduate student or graduate student.
  • Undergraduate student must have a minimum of 60 or more units completed by the end of the Fall 2016 semester.
  • Able to commit to completing a total of 100 hours at a rate of 4 hours per week. Hours must be completed in the spring and summer of the year you are placed.
  • Able to meet the immunization requirements to work in a hospital. Click Here
  • Able to meet the financial requirements to get the immunizations required, Background Check, and uniform.
  • Able to commit to attending both Sac State campus informational and Sutter Hospital orientation.
  • Reliable transportation to get to your placement site.
Timeline and Application Instructions

Note: The Sac State Sutter Hospital Volunteer program is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate students who will have completed 60 or more units by the end of the Fall 2015 semester and currently enrolled graduate students.

Step 1 – Register online for the mandatory Sutter Volunteer Program Informational held on Sac State campus on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9am – 11am located in the University Union, Hinde Auditorium. In order to attend you must RSVP at: RSVP Link will be available in late September 2016. You must attend the entire orientation session - no exceptions will be made.

At the Sac State Sutter Volunteer Program Orientation, you will learn about the program and receive important information regarding the application such as instructions on completing the application and important deadlines. The application will be sent upon completion of the orientation to the email you provide during the orientation check-in process. 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) by5 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016. You are also required to submit a minimum of 500 word Letter of Purpose with your application. Incomplete, late or incorrect information will disqualify the applicant.

Click here to view the Sutter Hospital Orientation PowerPoint.

Step 3 – On Thursday, December 15, 2016 you will be notified what department you have been placed in. You must accept your assignment by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 through an online response system that will be emailed to you. If you do not accept your 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, January 13, 2017. Instructions will be sent through email once assignments have been accepted.

Step 5 – Attend the mandatory Sutter “On-site” Orientation on TBD. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will not be admitted and will forfeit your placement.

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

Positions and Descriptions

Click here for a printable map of Sutter Hospital.

Position Site Volunteers

Acute Care Unit (ACU)

Ose Adams 3

Acute Surgical & Bariatric Unit

Ose Adams 5


Gateway Oaks or Buhler 1

Antenatal Testing Unit

Alhambra 2nd Floor 2

Buhler Specialty Clinic

Buhler 1

Capitol Pavilion Out Patient

Capitol Pavilion 4

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and
Neuro & Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Women's and Children's Center 4

Case Management/Social Work

Ose Adams 1

Cardiovascular Intervention Unit (CVIU)(formerly Telemetry)

Ose Adams 5

Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CVSICU)

Ose Adams 2

Diagnostic Imaging

Ose Adams 4

Emergency Services

Ose Adams 8

Heart & Vascular Institute Outpatient 

Buhler 1

High Risk Maternity

Women's and Children's Center 2

Information Desk

Buhler 1

Infusion Therapy

Buhler 4

Labor and Delivery

Women's and Children's Center 3

Maternal Newborn

Women's and Children's Center 2

Medical & Gynecology (GYN) Unit 

Ose Adams 3

Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Women's and Children's Center 4

Neurospine & Neuro Observation

Ose Adams 3

Oncology Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Department

Ose Adams 3


Ose Adams 3

Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

Ose Adams 2


Ose Adams 2


Women's and Children's Center 2


Women's and Children's Center 4


Ose Adams 1

Sutter Institute Medical Research

Old Tavern 1

Surgery Waiting

Ose Adams 4