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Clinical Exploratory Program

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The Clinical Exploratory Program was developed to offer a wholesome experience to our undergraduate student volunteers. It is divided into two experiences, followed by a final clinical experience.


  • To serve our community of patients, families and visitors 
  • To educate students about the culture of working in a hospital 
  • To provide a wholesome experience to our student volunteers that would help them make a decision about their careers 

Patient-Centered Experience (20 Weeks)  

Volunteers are assigned to the Specimen Transport/Front Greeter Role. This role will teach them how to interact with patients more effectively. Volunteers will also learn about the geography of Massachusetts Eye and Ear. If this role is not available, the manager will decide what placement would be appropriate based on availability and patient needs. 

Unit-Focused Experience (20 Weeks)

Volunteers are assigned to a role in an outpatient or inpatient unit, allowing them to see a different side of the hospital. Placements will be based on availability and current needs. 

Clinical Experience

Volunteers end the program by choosing a final experience. It could be shadowing an anesthesiologist (may include observing the OR), observe at one of our labs, or observe in the OR, or shadow in Eye Pathology. Volunteers may also be paired with one of our physicians to do a shadow experience if available. Placements will be based on seniority, scheduling and availability.  


  • Must be a full-time student in a health care career path 
  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Must volunteer during the school year, not solely during breaks 
  • Must complete at least 10 months of volunteering (40 weeks total)
  • Weekends/evenings are very limited, and typically not available 

*The order of assignments may vary based on availability 
*The start and end date is subject to change based on requirements and training dates


Just like our regular adult program, the CEP does not follow specific application periods, dates, or deadlines. If you can meet ALL requirements, you can apply any time of the year. Please submit the application below. We will contact you within the next 3 to 5 business days of receiving your application.