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Summer College Intensive Program | Volunteering

Will Begin Accepting Applications in January 2019

As a volunteer in the NYP Brooklyn Methodist Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP) you can gain direct patient care experience and exposure to unique educational opportunities that will enrich your understanding of healthcare.

Our Mission

SCIP enables highly qualified college students to communicate directly with patients, offering support and assistance during their hospitalization. SCIP volunteers enhance the quality of care patients receive and become an integral part of the healthcare team. In addition, SCIP seeks to augment the education of future healthcare practitioners by immersing them in real world healthcare situations, and guiding them to become competent, compassionate healers.

SCIP Activities

As a SCIP participant, you will have:

  • Direct interactions with patients and professional staff
  • Weekly group discussions based on thoughtfully curated articles in public health and humanistic medicine and volunteers’ written reflections
  • Lectures by leading healthcare practitioners
  • Networking opportunities with fellow SCIP participants
  • The opportunity for a more extensive experience, with additional shifts available in the Resident Evaluation Project and other special projects

Program Requirements

  • The program runs Monday through Thursday, from June 4, 2018 through August 2, 2018.  Interested participants may extend their service through the month of August.
  • SCIP volunteers must commit to giving 16 hours of patient care service each week  (with a minimum of 135 hours of service.  Because this is a highly structured and scheduled program, students will not be granted any time off.
  • All participants must be available to volunteer Mondays through Thursdays. 
  • In addition, there are several other training sessions required for specific placements.


The program will begin Monday, June 4th with orientation and training. Patient care shifts will be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Shifts are 4 hours each (typically 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm). Participants will be able to choose their preferred shifts. Please note that lectures will take place on weekday mornings and attendance is mandatory. There will be a minimum of 6 lectures.

Weekly group discussions will be offered twice a week, a morning and afternoon session.    

Who Should Apply

We are looking for committed and well-rounded college juniors and seniors in pre-medical and nursing programs who are interested in giving service that will enrich both their current education and their professional future. Students graduating in May 2018 are also welcome to apply.

Please only apply if you will have local accommodations. There is no parking offered and public transportation is the best option to travel here.  

Selection of Participants

We select students based on their academic record, previous volunteer experience, seriousness of purpose, and ability to communicate effectively both in writing and in interpersonal situations.

How to Apply

SCIP is a highly competitive program, with limited positions available. Be sure to highlight your interests and achievements in the "About you" section of the application. 

Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge every applicant. Only those selected for an interview will receive an email acknowledgement. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, starting the first week of February through the end of March. 

If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to bring an unofficial transcript and resume. Please note that interviews are in-person only.

Students will be notified in early April if they have been accepted to the program.