The Junior Volunteer Program at Backus Hospital gives high school students the opportunity to explore careers in healthcare, as well as provide services to our patients and staff.

The Bridge Program Fund was developed to sustain this engaging summer program under the direction of the Junior Volunteer Coordinator. To learn more about this fund, please email us at

The Junior Volunteer Bridge Program, funded through donor dollars, provides high school students with volunteer opportunities as well as mentorship, career development and career shadows. It is our hope junior volunteers continue on to higher education or vocational training in careers they learn about at Backus.

Junior Volunteers begin their duties after orientation in June and can continue through the school year.

Application Process: 2020 Summer Junior Volunteer Bridges Program

NOTE: We will receive applications for the Backus Junior Volunteer Bridge Program February 1 – 7, 2020 only. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned.


  • The applicant completes the Junior Volunteer application form in full
  • Parent or guardian signs the application, giving the hospital permission to contact the teacher or guidance counselor chosen to provide the required reference
  • Attach a copy of student’s high school student ID
  • Attach healthcare provider or school nurse documentation of vaccinations:
    • First and second MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations, and
    • First and second Varicella inoculations or date of disease
  • Only complete applications filled out by the applicant will be considered.


Up to 40 applicants will be contacted for an interview. We request that a parent or guardian be present to gain an understanding of our program. Be your best; we aim to make this interview as meaningful as possible, and encourage participants to be prepared.

Requirements for applicants accepted into the program

  • Provide the result of TWO PPD tests (a tuberculosis skin test). The first test may be scheduled online with the Backus Employee Health office during May through early June. The second test will be scheduled within 30 days of start. Details will be provided in acceptance information. 
  • Attend an eight-hour orientation on Friday, June 19, 2020 (may be rescheduled to Saturday, June 20 if school year is extended). 
  • Volunteer one eight-hour day each week from June 22 through August 28, 2020.
  • Commit to not be away more than two weeks and must make up those absences. 

Download 2020 Junior Volunteer Application

If you have questions, contact Volunteer & Guest Services via email or by calling 860.823.6320.

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