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A VolunTEEN may serve at Emory Decatur Hospital between the ages of 14 and 18, and must have completed the 9th grade. He or she will work within the hospital under the supervision of specified hospital personnel and the Emory Decatur Auxiliary.

The 2019 Summer VolunTEEN Program will be held from June 3rd – July 25th (one four-hour shift, Monday through Thursday), with a one-week holiday break from July 1st – 5th. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 28, 2019. Interviews will be held March 19th – 21st. You will be notified by March 8th if you have been selected to interview. Please note, spaces are limited. Only complete applications will be considered for an interview.

It is our experience that teens receive the most benefit from the VolunTEEN program if they participate consistently during the session. Please be aware, if your schedule does not allow you to commit to the full eight-week session, we recommend you do not apply for this program. We are unable to schedule make-ups. Please carefully consider whether you will have time to fully participate in this program. Once the summer session has started NO changes to the schedule can be made. Additionally, ONE excused absence is allowed during the eight-week session. While we will do our best to work around your schedule preferences, please note that schedule selections cannot be guaranteed. Returning teens have scheduling priority.

Shifts are available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are NO Friday shifts available. Scheduling and availability will be discussed during the interview.

If selected for an interview, please provide a head-shot photo or a copy of your school photo ID at time of interview.

All required documents (listed below) must be received BETWEEN WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019 and THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 to be invited to interview. Applications received PRIOR TO January 2nd or AFTER the deadline of February 28th will NOT be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS. Due to the limited number of openings, a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview. Note: Returning VolunTEENS have placement priority.

VolunTEENs must:

  • Submit a complete online application. If you are unable to access the online application, please call 404.501.5208 for an application to be mailed to you.
  • VolunTEEN applicants must submit a transcript with a minimum 3.0 GPA; an unofficial copy is acceptable
  • Download & complete the VolunTEEN Required Documents Packet which includes:
    • Emergency Contact Information
    • Signed Parental Agreement form
    • Signed Consent for Interviewing, Photographing, Filming, Video/Audio Taping form
    • Current Transcript and GPA (minimum 3.0, unofficial copy is acceptable)
    • Sealed Counselor/Teacher Recommendation form
    • Sealed personal recommendation forms (two)
    • Sealed Doctor’s Recommendation form
    • Current Immunization Record * - must include documentation of vaccination or titer for Chicken Pox (Varicella) and MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
      • Please note, if accepted into the program and placed in the NICU, Mother/Baby or Labor & Delivery departments, student must provide documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine.

         Required Documents may be mailed to:
           Karen Caughman
           Emory Decatur Volunteer Services
           2701 North Decatur Road
           Decatur, GA 30033

        To hand deliver, please call or email our office for directions:
           Phone: 404.501.5208
           Email: karen.caughman@emoryhealthcare.org
  • If accepted into the program, dues ($25) and uniform shirt ($25) must be paid by April 19, 2019
  • If accepted into the program, T-SPOT blood test results must be completed by April 19, 2019 (provided free of charge at the hospital, the instructions on how to obtain the test will be provided after acceptance into the program; PPD skin test is NOT an acceptable substitute.)
  • If accepted into the program, you and a parent or guardian MUST attend a mandatory Orientation on Monday, May 6, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey Auditorium, located on the Emory Decatur Hospital
  • If invited to interview, and age 18 or above by June 2019, you must submit to a criminal background check 
  • Complete online orientation test and training requirements (instructions provided at in-person orientation)


  • Applications accepted: January 2 – February 28, 2019
  • Interviews held: March 19 - 21, 2019
  • Deadline for T-SPOT: April 19, 2019
  • Deadline for Dues & Uniform: April 19, 2019
  • Mandatory Orientation: May 6, 2019, 6pm – 8pm
  • Program dates: June 3 – July 25, 2019
  • One week holiday break: July 1 – 5, 2019

 If you are experiencing problems with the above links, email or call the Volunteer Services Office at karen.caughman@emoryhealthcare.org or 404.501.5208.

*Please note that the Volunteer Services Department is not affiliated with the Human Resources Department or any facet of employment services. Volunteering is not a pathway to employment. Acceptance into the program does not guarantee employment with the hospital, nor will it enable you to get a job in any department in which you have volunteered. Those seeking such services should contact their respective academic or employment placement services for further referrals on internship/employment training sites. Those seeking Shadowing or Observation experience should contact Emory Decatur Hospital’s Human Resources Department at 404.501.5020. We view volunteering as a long-term commitment and seek committed individuals who will be volunteer team members for years to come.

*Please note, we do not offer volunteer opportunities for court-ordered community service.

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