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Summer Youth Volunteer Program

Our Center for Development & Civic Engagement seeks reliable and trustworthy youth volunteers to participate in the Summer Youth Program.

Multiracial hands in a circle; Summer Youth Volunteer Program

Summer Youth Volunteer Program

The Washington DC VA Medical Center  is looking to fill 50 volunteer slots with energetic youth, age 15-17, as part of the Center for Development & Civic Engagement Summer Youth Volunteer Program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn as well as share and improve their talents while working in various departments of the medical center. Volunteers must complete and submit a resume, application and essay to no later than Friday, April 19, 2024. Volunteers will need to commit to serving 100 hours (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) during the full program, June 17 to August 8, 2024.

Please Note:  Applications will not be accepted from applicants who have scheduled vacation during the Summer Youth Program.

Program Description:

The  Summer Youth Program volunteers’ responsibilities include completing tasks assigned by the supervisor, upholding the VA’s Core Values, and maintaining a high degree of professionalism. To be successful as a youth volunteer, you should take pride in your efforts, demonstrate active listening, arrive on time, follow instructions to ensure safe, quality care and operations. In addition, provide excellent customer service to Veterans, their caregivers, VA staff and stakeholders.  

Volunteer Responsibilities:

• Understanding your role and responsibilities as well as the rules and safety regulations of the organization.

• Completing the relevant training and asking questions if you are uncertain about anything.

• Completing all duties assigned by the supervisor and reporting any issues immediately.

• Observing the rules and safety regulations of the organization while carrying out tasks.

• Arriving on time for duty and remaining professional in your interactions.

• Delivering presentations or reports if necessary.

Volunteer Requirements:

• Completion of relevant training might be required.

• A willingness to learn and work as part of a team.

• A high degree of professionalism and the ability to follow instructions.

• Respect and diligence.

• Excellent customer service.

• A personable manner.


All participants shall be 15 to 17 years of age upon submission date, April 19, 2024. 

Dress Code: Business casual: Tan khaki pants, red polo-style shirt, and youth volunteer pins (pins are provided by DC VAMC)

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a student resume with the completed Voluntary Service Application form and a 500-word essay that addresses the following questions: 

  1. What does volunteering mean to you?
  2. Why do you want to volunteer with the Washington DC VA Medical Center? 

Completed applications must be submitted to by April 19th, 2024.

For questions about the application process, contact:
Jami Henderson, Voluntary Services Specialist
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