Student Volunteer Opportunities

Student volunteer

About the Student Volunteer Program

Please note that the process differs from each of our five hospital sites. Please review the information below carefully to determine next steps in order to join the program at the site of your choice.

The student volunteer program is open to students ages 15 + (for Bowmanville, Oshawa, Port Perry or Whitby) or 16+ (for Ajax Pickering) who are enrolled in high school, college or university. As a Lakeridge Health volunteer you'll gain exposure to different hospital programs and professions, develop your leadership abilities and meet new friends - all while making a difference in your community.

Student Application Deadlines

Are you interested in a volunteer role with Lakeridge Health? To get started, please send us your completed application package. Our summer and school-year opportunities are very popular, and we will do our best to match your skills, interests and schedule with our opportunities.

Lakeridge Health Oshawa

  • Student Applications are accepted at any time for ongoing volunteer opportunities. We require a minimum 8  months commitment.
    • Orientation for new volunteers will be held according to the number of potential candidates being considered.  We will contact you for upcoming dates.
    • To start in September, your completed application package is due by July 31 (application, immunization form, and two references). 
    • During the summer months (May 01 - August 31), there could be limited opportunities. 
    • We are looking for candidates who can firmly commit to the following:
        • Post-Secondary Students who are available May 01 to August 31 (minimum both July and August). Submit your completed application package by March 31 (application, immunization form, and two references). 
        • High School Students who are available the last week of June (training) to August 31. Submit your completed application package by April 30 (application, immunization form, and two references)
      • During the summer, student volunteers are expected to be available for the full duration of the summer placement and this will be confirmed prior to any offer.  This will ensure proper volunteer coverage to enhance a positive patient experience.
      • Students who have volunteered prior can receive returning student packages via email or at the Volunteer Resources Office.

Ajax Pickering Hospital 

Lakeridge Health Bowmanville

Lakeridge Health Whitby

Lakeridge Health Port Perry

  • Please contact Volunteer Resources at 905-576-8711 ext. 33680 to discuss student opportunities.

Application Package

If you require help to complete your application form, please contact the volunteer resources team via email or by phone at 905-623-3331 ext. 21288.

  • Hard copy application form to print and bring in (PDF)
  • Online application form to submit electronically (coming soon)
  • Please note: we review all applications but due to the volume, we only contact those selected to move forward in our screening process. We do keep application packages on file for six months.

Our Screening Process - What to Expect

Because we are so committed to safety and quality, we ask all of our volunteers to complete a screening process before joining us. This includes:

  1. Completing the volunteer application form in full(includes two references and health screening information). Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we only contact those selected to move forward in our screening process. We keep application packages on file for six months.
  2. Attending a two-hour orientation session to learn more about volunteering with Lakeridge Health.
  3. Once invited and confirmed to attend an orientation session, you must start your TB testing at one of our Occupational Health offices.  At your confirmation of attendance for orientation, contact information will be shared with you for the hospital of your choice. This testing is provided free of charge by Occupational Health.  Please Note: This is a process that requires four (4) quick trips into the hospital.  A form will be given to you at the completion of these tests, which you must return to the Volunteer Resources office. 
  4. We will schedule an in-person interview so we can learn more about you and find a good match between our openings and your skills and preferences.
  5. Providing a Police Criminal Records Check (this does not apply to student volunteers for Bowmanville, Oshawa, Whitby or Port Perry - adult candidates only).


You can reach the Volunteer Resources office at 905-623-3331 ext. 21288. You can also find answers to many common questions in our volunteer FAQ. Or check out our student volunteer page on Facebook

Ajax Pickering Hospital Auxiliary

Learn more about the Auxiliary 

If you are 16 or older but under 21 years of age and would like to volunteer with us you need to pick up an application package. Generally the packages are distributed through the auxiliary office on a specific day in August.  That date is posted to our voice mail message at 905-683-2320 ext. 15481.

The Student program runs from mid-October until the end of September. Students may choose a weekday shift from 4:30-6:30 or a weekend shift Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon. The requirement is for 4 hours per week.

After the applications are submitted, they are reviewed and each applicant is assigned a specific shift. (we try to accommodate the students preferences). An email is sent along to the successful applicants outlining the position and the date of Orientation /Training (generally early to mid-October). Students are required to have a tuberculosis test (supplied by the Hospital) and also a Criminal Reference Check through the Durham Regional Police.

Once the above is complete the students begin their session for the year.

Our student volunteers, who acquire over 300 hours of service, are also eligible to apply for an Auxiliary sponsored bursary if they are continuing their education in a medically related field.