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Student Volunteer Programs at Mary Free Bed

College Students

Volunteering and Observation

High School Students

Career Seminar

Volunteering - College Students

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has a limited number of volunteer positions for college students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, speech language pathology, recreation therapy, radiology, or occupational therapy. Students will have the opportunity to observe therapists, and maintain the cleanliness of therapy areas. Student volunteers can observe professionals in the following areas: inpatient adult, outpatient pediatrics, and outpatient adult.

Things to Know

  • College students must be able to commit to at least one 12-week session.
  • College students must be able to commit to one shift per week.
  • Shifts are typically 3 hours long.
  • Limited weekend shifts are available.
  • The earliest volunteer shift begins at 8am-12pm and the latest shift offered is 4pm - 7pm.
  • Volunteers are not assigned one-to-one to a therapist.
  • Reference letter and graduate school form completion is not considered, unless a student has finished two consecutive volunteer sessions. While Mary Free Bed staff isn't obligated to complete graduate forms or write reference letters, the appropriate hospital staff member will happily complete these documents should a student's efforts warrant. It's the student's obligation to let the therapists know they are interested in having letters and/or forms completed.

Please e-mail your name and area of interest to volunteer@maryfreebed.com, and your name will be added to our waiting list.

Volunteer helps patient

Career Seminar - High School and College Students

Mary Free Bed's Career Seminar Program is for high school and college students interested in healthcare. Participants can expect to learn about speech language pathology, orthotics and prosthetics, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy, psychology, and nursing.

Students will receive information on schooling requirements, potential salary expectations, and a typical day’s routine. Job shadowing opportunities are offered on a limited basis, and students must attend a career seminar before signing up for job shadowing opportunities.

Career Seminars Dates

  • June 20, 2013
  • October 23, 2013
  • December 10, 2013
  • February 20, 2014
  • April 29, 2014

Seats are limited and reservations are required. The topics presented are subject to staff availability.

For more career seminar information or to reserve a spot, call Mary Free Bed's Volunteer Services at 616.493.9752 or email volunteer@maryfreebed.com.

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