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Volunteer Opportunities at Mass. Eye and Ear

Thank you for your interest in volunteering and helping to make a difference at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Our volunteers play an important role as members of the Mass. Eye and Ear community. They provide the extra support that can help make the patient experience easier. Volunteers work in a variety of areas including:

  • Specimen Transport and Patient Escort
  • Surgical Center
  • Surgical Chart Room
  • Family Waiting Room
  • Adult In-patient Unit 
  • Pediatric In-patient Unit and Child Life Program

The Volunteer Department works to match interested volunteers with appropriate and compatible assignments. Volunteering has its own special rewards and we are confident that you will gain a sense of satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment. We invite you to join our volunteer community. 

View description of our current volunteer opportunities.

Clinical Exploratory Program

Mass. Eye and Ear's Clinical Exploratory Program was developed to offer a wholesome experience to our undergraduate student volunteers. It is divided into two semesters followed by a final clinical experience. 

Learn more about our Clinical Exploratory Program.

Who can volunteer?

Mass. Eye and Ear welcomes volunteers including students, homemakers, retirees and working professionals with full- and part-time jobs. Our volunteer program runs seven days a week, days and evenings. You can select the time and day that works best for you. We seek individuals who are 16 years of age and older and who can give at least three consecutive hours of service one day a week for a minimum of four months. The number of hours served weekly changes depending on the volunteer role or program.

What is the process for underage volunteers? 

Volunteers ages 16 and 17 can participate in the summer or regular program as long as they have a parental consent. We offer a summer program for high school students between June and August. It is eight consecutive weeks long offered in two sessions: Summer Session I (June-July), and Summer Session II (July-August). Underage volunteers can only volunteer during weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for a maximum of 2 shifts per week. Each shift is 4-5 hours long. High School volunteers are placed in areas with direct adult supervision and high patient or staff interaction. Our goal is to provide a great learning experience with opportunity for personal growth. 

In cases where underage prospects have more flexibility, the requirements and policies remain the same but the opportunity expands to all year long. This allows college students under 18 years old to volunteer during their spring and fall semesters.

Where can you volunteer?

There are several ways to volunteer, both at the Main Campus at 243 Charles Street and our location at 800 Huntington Avenue. In each setting, volunteers have the option of a variety of assignments. We do our best to match your unique interests, skills and talents to a compatible volunteer assignment so that you will have an enjoyable and rewarding volunteer experience.

How to begin:

Adults over the age of 18 may submit our online application.

16 and 17 year old prospects can submit an email to with questions or to request an application. 

High School Summer Program

This program is currently full for this year. Please see below when to apply for next year.

  • Summer Session I (Must volunteer for 7 weeks in June and July. Must be 16 years old by June 1st). Application will be available on Monday, March 2, 2020.
  • Summer Session II (Must volunteer for 7 weeks in July and August. Must be 16 years old by July 1st). Application will be available on Monday, April 6, 2020.

You will be contacted for an in-person interview shortly after we receive your application. Completion of this application does not guarantee you a volunteer position.

Summer-Winter-Summer Program for College Students

This program will allow you to complete two consecutive summers and one winter, and get a clinical experience at the end of the program. Out-of-State College students or any student interested in our Summer/Winter/Summer program pilot, please email us for more information to Include your contact information, telephone number and your start and end dates available to volunteer. We will get back to you promptly.


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