College Student Volunteer Program


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital offers volunteer opportunities for college students. This program is designed for students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, speech-language pathology, recreation therapy and occupational therapy. We also offer additional opportunities for college students in niche fields like Orthotics, Prosthetics & Bionics and Child Life. Please visit our general volunteer opportunities to view these options.

Things to Know (Please read all listed information)
In this program, college students assist clinicians with set-up and break down before and after patient therapy. They help keep the rehabilitation gyms organized and sanitized while observing therapy from nearby. Some direct observation occurs as time allows but this is not guaranteed. The student volunteers support professionals in inpatient and outpatient clinical areas.

  •  You must be 18 years or older and enrolled in a college program with one of the listed degrees above in mind
  • College students must commit to a regular shift once a week at the same time and day for all 15 weeks of the session
    • Sessions offered: 
      1. Spring/Summer 
      2. Fall 
      3. Winter
  •  Shifts are typically 3-4 hours long 
  •  Limited weekend shifts are available
  •  Volunteers are not assigned one-to-one to a therapist
  •  Reference letter and graduate school form completion is not considered, unless a student has finished two volunteer sessions and a total of 75 volunteer hours. While Mary Free Bed staff isn't obligated to complete graduate forms or write reference letters, the appropriate hospital staff member will happily complete these documents should a student's efforts warrant. It's the student's responsibility to let the therapists know they are interested in having letters and/or forms completed several weeks before they are needed.
  • This program has a waiting list. Once you apply, your name will be added to the contacts list for the session that you designated interest in. 5-7 weeks before the session begins you will receive more information on how to secure a spot in the program. Spots are not guaranteed. Below are required compliance items. You can prepare now by ensuring you have your immunization records, proof of a current TB skin test. The packet and orientation options will be sent to you when/if you receive a spot.
  1. Compliance Packet of Documents is sent once you secure a spot
  2. Required Immunization Records
    a. MMR (If born after 1956)
    b. HEP B (or sign the waiver in the volunteer packet)
    c. Varicella (or check yes to chicken pox question)
  3. TB Skin test (We will accept copies of previous tests within the last 9 months)
  4. TB assessment (this form is in the packet)
  5. Proof of a current flu shot is required if  you are volunteering during Oct. 1st-April 30th (*required only if you will be here during flu season)
  6. Attendance at a 2 hour orientation with Volunteer Services and with the department you will be volunteering in. Orientation will cover policies and procedures, ID badge photo and department specific information.

Click here to fill out a College Student Volunteer Application