On Campus & In the Local Area
The following organizations have offered opportunities to Princeton students in the past. They may be of interest to you if you seek health-related experience on campus or in the local Princeton community. This might be during the school year or the summer (perhaps you’re on campus doing research and are looking for some clinical volunteering). If you find a program is no longer available or an organization no longer exists, or have any questions, please just let us know.
Health-Related Student Groups
Ascend Hospice Volunteers
Volunteering in a hospice can be an meaningful experience; you will work directly with a patient and their family/caregivers while also exploring issues of end of life care, death and dying, and the kind of care involved in this critical time in an individual’s life. Training and reflection sessions will occur within walking distance of campus, and the hospice itself is accessible by public transportation or Pace vehicles. The application is sent out to HPA listservs in the summer, with a late August application deadline. Learn more about past students’ participation in a similar program online.
Breakout Civic Action Trips
Be Jersey Strong Health Reform Movement
This new initiative for Fall 2015 seeks to mobilize students interested in implementing health reform efforts in NJ by talking one on one with uninsured individuals about their health care options. If you are interested in being involved, please fill out this form. In the fall, we will have a session with representatives from Be Jersey Strong who will speak more about the program, volunteer opportunities, and how to begin training. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Gwendolyn Lee '16. To learn more about Be Jersey Strong - BeJerseyStrong.org
Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital
Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, an acute care facility located in Cape May County, New Jersey , invites applications to the Premedical Orientation at the Shore. You will be volunteering your services to this hospital and it will cost $100 to participate. For additional information and application forms are you may call Ms. Ruth Particelli at (609) 463-2367.
Community Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) Internships
CBLI Internships fund Princeton students to do research with local non-profit organizations. Students selected for an internship work with a host organization for ten weeks during the summer. Research projects will be driven by the needs of the non-profit, and students may also begin work toward a related junior paper or senior thesis topic.
Community House is an organization committed to closing the minority achievement gap in Princeton by providing programs that bolster early childhood literacy, promote the mastery of fundamental academic skills, and create early awareness of post-secondary opportunities for under-served minority youth.
CONTACT Princeton will be offering an important opportunity to volunteer on campus with a local suicide and crisis hotline. This experience has been life changing for me, and will train you to become a better listener and a better friend.
Depending on your schedule, you will be able to choose a weekly training series on Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm or 7-10pm in Pennington (transportation provided), or Thursdays 7-10pm on campus.
If you’re interested, available, or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information: http://www.contactofmercer.org/VolunteerOpportunities.html
HiTops!: Volunteer Opportunities for Princeton Students
HiTOPS is a 501(c)3 organization located in Mercer County, New Jersey.
HiTOPS envisions a world in which youth have the resources they need to live healthy, responsible and empowered lives.
HiTOPS' mission is to promote adolescent health and well-being. To realize its mission, HiTOPS provides:
- innovative, comprehensive expert and peer-led educational programs in schools, communities of faith, juvenile justice facilities and community forums throughout the state for youth, parents, educators and health professionals
- wellness and prevention healthcare services for youth aged 13-26 in the only health center in New Jersey focused exclusively on adolescents
- emotional and psychological support services to fragile adolescent populations, including survivors of sexual assault and gay and lesbian youth
- training, consultation and educational products to local, regional, state and national organizations serving the holistic health needs of adolescents
Hospital Grand Rounds
Princeton Healthcare System's Department of Continuing Medical Education has kindly offered to extend an invitation to PU pre-health students to attend Grand Rounds. Medicine Grand Rounds take place on Tuesdays at 8am at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
Your objective in attending a Grand Rounds session should be simply to get a sense of the kinds of conversations that doctors and hospital personnel are having around important healthcare topics. We at HPA hope this is a valuable experience as you continue to clarify or deepen your interest in the health professions.
Note: You must come to HPA to pick up a pass for these sessions, as attendance is limited.
There are a wide range of opportunities available for college volunteers at Princeton HealthCare System. Depending on the assignment, college volunteers are scheduled between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12 a.m., Sunday through Saturday, and serve a minimum of three hours per week. Volunteer assignments are based on organizational need, in addition to your interests, skills and availability. College volunteers enjoy many benefits, including free parking, documentation of hours, free training, special discounts and celebratory recognition events.
New Jersey Medical Reserve Corps
The NJ Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers who are willing to assist in the event of public health emergencies and health education / public health events. Volunteers are able to participate in training and education opportunities.
The Pace Center
The Pace Center is Princeton University’s central resource for civic engagement. It supports efforts by all members of the extended University community to identify and act on the problems of society.
Pace connects individuals and groups with opportunities to thoughtfully address civic problems and have an impact through activities including direct volunteer service, civic action break trips, public service internships and fellowships, student civic engagement projects, and engaged academics.
Princeton Fire & Rescue Squad (PFARS)
Founded in 1939, PFARS is the primary provider of Emergency Medical and Technical Rescue services to Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, and Princeton University in Mercer County, New Jersey.
Many Princeton University pre-health students volunteer with this organization during their years in the Princeton community.
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University are pleased to invite applications for the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology.
The goals of the program are to:
- Increase student knowledge and appreciation of basic Neuroscience research by providing a closely-mentored, hands-on graduate level research experience.
- Increase student knowledge and interest in pursuing careers in research through career development and educational activities.
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center (SLRC)
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center (SLRC) is a private, not-for-profit hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their patients. While they are receptive to changes in the community and the healthcare environment, their goal has always been and continues to be providing excellence in rehabilitative services.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available that enhance patient satisfaction, while producing a well‐deserved feeling of personal fulfillment for the volunteer.
Some of the volunteer opportunities include:
- Escort ‐ Volunteers escort wheelchair patients to therapy departments within the center throughout the day.
- Staff Gift Shop ‐ The St. Lawrence gift shop is manned entirely by volunteers. Proceeds from the shop, which sells snacks, candy, cards and gifts, are used towards the Junior Scholarships.
- Clerical work ‐ Volunteers work throughout St. Lawrence assisting with various clerical duties including typing, filing, photocopying and answering telephones.
- And more ‐ A variety of unique volunteer opportunities await you at each hospital. Most likely, there is a volunteer position that is just right for you.
The Student Volunteer Council (SVC)
Student Volunteer Council Weekly Projects
The Student Volunteer Council sponsors weekly projects that work with community organizations in Princeton, Trenton, and surrounding areas during the academic year. Projects are grouped into seven categories. Select from the links below to learn more about specific projects. Each project's e-mail address is located on its project page. E-mail a project directly to get involved! Popular health-related projects include:
- SVC Access - assist at a low-income clinic in Trenton
- SVC UMCPP Volunteering - coordinates transportation to the local hospital. You must complete the UMCPP volunteer application and be accepted as a volunteer to participate.
Three Doctors Foundation
The Three Doctors Foundation has unique and exciting opportunities for students interested in the development and marketing of non-profit outreach benefiting youth and families in the areas health, education and mentoring. The internships initially require student(s) to work out of the Princeton area providing direct support as needed. Travel throughout the NJ area (Newark in particular) will however be periodically required.
Requirements: All majors are welcome to apply however The Three Doctors Foundation is especially interested in those with an educational background, experience or great interest in non-profit management, communications, marketing and/or business administration; strong administrative abilities; advanced Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook skills; excellent references from past internships and/or reputable professionals; strong research and written communication skills; self motivated attitude with the ability to work independently or as part of a team; regular access to personal vehicle; savvy online expertise (e.g., email dist lists, website communications, myspace).
Contact Executive Director, Windy Smith for additional information.
Twin "W" First Aid Squad of West Windsor, NJ
Twin "W" First Aid Squad is looking for volunteer EMTs. EMTs respond to 911 calls, treat life-threatening conditions, and transport the patient to the hospital. The volunteers commit to spending one night a week, 7pm-7am, at the squad building. When not on a call, the crew members study, eat, sleep in the bunk room, and watch TV.
To be an active member, you must take a 120-hour EMT-B course (at no cost). Summer courses run for approximately a month of daily class. Fall and spring courses generally meet in the evenings or weekends over a few months.
To apply follow the steps listed on the Twin "W" First Aid Squad Volunteer site.