Opportunities for High School Students in Arizona

Glendale, AZ Campus

Please contact each organization directly. This list is revised annually as a service for students affiliated with the MWU Health Careers Institute for high school students. Deadlines, fees, contact information, and program dates may vary.

Arizona Summer Medical Program Opportunities for High School Students

Organization: University of Arizona
Program: Med-Start
Activities: Five week academic summer program for low income, minority and first generation college-bound students interested in health careers. Participants prepare for college through classes and explore career opportunities. Only 40-60 students accepted per year. Apply on-line.
Dates: June 3 - July 7, 2013
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013
Cost: $2,100 includes registration fees, meals, residence hall, books and supplies. Financial aid available.
Age Group: Grade 11
Organization Address:
   Office of Outreach and multicultural Affairs
   University of Arizona College of Medicine
   P.O. Box 245140
   Tucson, AZ  85724-5140
Phone: 602-827-2027

Organization: University of Arizona
Program: Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance (SIMI)
Activities and Needs: Seven week paid summer research program in which students work full-time in various medical laboratories and clinics at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, doing research on such subjects as cardiovascular disease, genetics, cancer, neuroscience and preventive medicine. Attendance at seminars is mandatory.
Organization Address: Dept. of Surgery, P.O. Box 245200, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Rm. 4406, Tucson, AZ 85724
Dates: June 10 - July 26, 2013
Application Deadline: March 22, 2013
Cost: Free
Age Group: High School Students, Particularly Grade 11
Contact: Grace Wagner
Phone: 520-626-6118
Fax: 590-626-0822

Organization: Maricopa Community Colleges
Program: The Hoop of Learning Medical Professions Internship Program
Activities: This Program is designed to build a high school to college bridge and foster educational resilience and career development among Native students. Hoop will recruit Native American high school junior and seniors. Students will take college credit health classes at a community college in the morning and participate in an internship at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in the afternoon. Students will participate in a paid internship program at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center. Students will be involved in hospital activities and the actual care of patients in three areas: dental, surgery and mental health.
Organization Address: 2411 West 14th St., Tempe, AZ  85281
Information on the Hoop experience at a college near you can be accessed at the following:

Organization: Alzheimer's Association-Desert Southwest Chapter

Activities and Needs: Assist individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease and to advance research leading to a world without Alzheimer's. Need Helpline volunteers, community education volunteers (attend community events and health fairs), help with mailings, clerical and office, data entry, pre-event, special events and committee work.
Organization Address: 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: 602-528-0545
FAX: 602-528-0546
Contact: Ms. Cindy Vargo
Minimum age for volunteers: 16

Organization: American Cancer Society
Activities and Needs: National community based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives, research, education, advocacy and service.
Organization Address: 4550 East Bell Road 126, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phone: 602.224.0524
FAX: 602.381.3096
Contact: Mrs. Lisa Carlborg
Minimum age for volunteers: 16 or 12 w/adult

Organization: American Red Cross-Grand Canyon Chapter
Activities and Needs: Assist families who lost their homes to fires, help families communicate with relatives in the military, transporting the elderly, low-income or disabled as well as educational programs. Need volunteers for all areas, including call centers.
Organization Address: 6135 N. Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85015-6660
Phone: 602-347-6522
FAX: 602-336-5781
Minimum age for volunteers: 16 and up

Organization: Arizona Recreation Center for Handicapped
Activities and Needs: Drop-in activities/classes for people with special needs
Organization Address: 1550 W. Colter, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Phone: 602-230-2226
FAX: 602-230-0308
Minimum age for volunteers: 15 and up

Organization: Arrowhead Hospital
Activities and Needs: Opportunities for working in virtually all areas of the hospital from delivering mail to patient care.
Organization Address: 18701 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308-7101
Phone: 623-561-7232
FAX: 623-561-7273
Date:  May 28 - August 4, 2013
Application Deadline:  March 29, 2013
Contact: Ms. Sandy Chilese
Minimum age for volunteers: 14 or in high school
*Arrowhead Hospital asks for a 6 month commitment

Organization: Arthritis Foundation
Activities and Needs: Public education, disease management programs, exercise (water & land based) programs, health fairs, special event fundraisers (golf tournaments, galas, etc.) Need volunteers, also, for in-office assistance and special events and aquatic & arthritis management instructors.
Organization Address: 1221 E. Osborn, Ste. 201, Phoenix 85014
Phone: 602-264-7679
FAX: 602-264-0563
Contact: Ms. Taren Norley
Minimum age for volunteers: 16

Organization: Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Activities and Needs: Our volunteers provide comfort and caring, and assist our hospital staff in providing a positive experience for our patients. We have opportunities for teens and adults in both clinical and non-clinical settings, with a commitment of at least six months of service and a minimum of four hours a week.
Organization Address: 5555 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306
Phone: (602) 865-5760
E-mail: or
Contact: Kathy Lane or Barbara Peten
Minimum age for volunteers: 14

Organization: Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Activities and Needs: Provides the community with the knowledge, resources and collective strength necessary for individuals to live long and well with HIV.
Organization Address: 1144 E. McDowell Rd., Ste. 200, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: 602-307-5330 x2219
Contact: Harold Jeffers
Minimum age for volunteers: 16

Organization: Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona
Activities and Needs: Education, support, research & advocacy for people affected by seizure disorders. Volunteers for all categories including summer camp/puppet shows.
Organization Address: 240 W. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85013
Phone: 602-406-3581
FAX: 602-406-6147
E-mail: (request and application)
Contact: Kate Burns
Minimum age for volunteers: 16

Organization: Glendale Fire Department
Activities and Needs: Assist community in various areas. Classes/training included. Cadets will not be involved in active firefighting. EMT certification preferred.
Organization Address: 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 350, Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: (623) 930-2297
Contact: Tim Wayne
Minimum age for volunteers: 18

Organization: Hospice of the Valley
Activities and Needs: Provide one-on-one companionship to hospice patients, assist with varying duties in inpatient unit setting; requires a commitment of at least twelve months of service and two hours per week.
Program: Teens in Nursing (thru Gateway Community College)
Organization Address: 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: 602-636-6336
Fax: 602-287-7007
Web: (follow the link to teen volunteer section)
Minimum age for volunteers: 14 or in a CNA program at high school

Organization: John C. Lincoln Hospital - Deer Valley
Activities and Needs: Need volunteers for Public info. desk., gift shops, crisis companions, extended care center, children's community health services, adult day care center, thrift shop, clerical support, nursing units, patient hospitality and many more.
Organization Address: 19829 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027
Phone: 623-879-5765
FAX: 623-879-5242
E-mail: or
Web: (follow the tab to volunteer applications)
Minimum age for volunteers: 14

Organization: March of Dimes, Arizona Chapter
Activities and Needs: March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against pre-maturity, birth defects and low birth weight. Volunteer needs range from serving on committees for major fundraisers to lending a helping hand with various office projects, such as mailings and database updates. We work with your schedule.
Organization Address: 3550 N. Central Avenue, Suite 610 Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-266-9933
FAX: 602-266-9793
Minimum age for volunteers: 14

Organization: Maricopa Integrated Health System
Program: Junior Volunteer
Deadline: May 1, 2013
Activities and Needs: Volunteers needed in guest relations, clinic, administration, and to distribute patient reading materials, assist in office & work with children/newborns, plus more. You can work in 12 Family Health Centers, from Mesa to Avondale.
Organization Address: 2601 E. Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: 602-344-5348
FAX: 602-344-1417
Contact: Sandra Munoz
Minimum age for volunteers: 14

Organization: Maryvale Hospital Medical Center
Activities and Needs: Volunteers are the Ambassadors of Giving and one of our greatest resources. They donate their time and skills in various areas throughout our community of care.
Organization Address: 5102 W. Campbell, Phoenix, AZ 85031
Phone: 623-848-5227
FAX: 623-848-5576
E-mail: online application
Minimum age for volunteers: 14

Organization: Phoenix Children's Hospital
Program: Summer Intensive Volunteer Program
Dates:  June 2 - July 27, 2013
Activities and Needs: To introduce students to the healthcare setting completing 100 hours of service in four (3-4 hour) shifts per week.
Organization Address: 1919 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-546-0269
Email: Hospital - 
Community -
Minimum age for volunteers: 16
* Phoenix Children's Hospital asks for a commitment of 100 hours of service

Organization: Ronald McDonald House of Phoenix
Activities and Needs: Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families who must travel to Phoenix for medical treatment for their children. House volunteers work 3-hour shifts helping to maintain the House and grounds. (Dinner program: Group activity (10 people or less) where you prepare & serve dinners for families. Community Service (10 people or less) deep clean rooms.
Organization Address: 501 East Roanoke, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-633-2030
Contact: Nate Harat
Minimum age for volunteers: 16

Organization: Special Olympics Arizona
Activities and Needs: Various sports competitions countywide for people ages 8-80 who have mental retardation. Need volunteers for Special Events. We have 8 events during the year.
Organization Address: 1850 N. Central Ave. Suite 900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-230-0075
Contact: Kali Knaack
Minimum age for volunteers: 13

Organization: St. Joseph Medical Center
Program: Junior Volunteer Program
Date:   June 10, 2013
Application Deadline:  March 7, 2013
Interviews:  Weeks of April 8 and 15
Activities and Needs: Explore careers in healthcare; provide services in same-day surgery, transport, IT, pediatrics and business office.
Organization Address: 350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: 602-406-3020
Minimum age for volunteers: 14 prior to May 1, 2013

Organization: Banner Volunteer Services (Boswell Hosp.)
Activities and Needs: A wide variety of opportunities related to health and medicine. We have 250 volunteer assignments. We place volunteers in assignments of interest to them and meet their physical considerations.
Organization Address: 10401 West Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351
Phone: Boswell - (623) 876-5387
FAX: 623-876-5756
Minimum age for volunteers: 14
*Applications accepted beginning in March for the summer opportunities.

Organization: United Blood Services
Activities and Needs: Donor center and mobile hosts/hostesses, hospital services, drivers, assist on blood drives, make phone calls to previous donors, assist on ASU campus blood drives, clerical, and mailings.
Organization Address: 6220 E. Oak St., Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1867, Scottsdale, AZ 85252-1867
Phone: 877-827-4376
FAX: 480-675-5499
Contact: Ms. Jane Tellier
Minimum age for volunteers: 12 with parental supervision