• Volunteer at Dana-Farber

    Note: We are not accepting Volunteer applications this July or August, 2016, but we will resume accepting them in September. Bookmark this page and come back after Labor Day to submit your application, but please do not apply until then. The descriptions and forms below will give you an idea of the process of applying, but please do not send in an application until September, 2016.

    How to Apply

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    Volunteering at Dana-Farber is a rewarding and enriching experience. Institute staff, donors, and volunteers all work toward a common goal of defeating cancer.

    To apply for a volunteer position at Dana-Farber, individuals must submit:

    • A completed application

    To download a copy of our reference form, please click on the link below.

    Reference Form

    Please choose from the following options for the application:

    Online Application

    To apply for a position using our online form, please click on the below link. A representative from our volunteer services office will contact you shortly.

    Online volunteer application

    Mail Application

    To download and print the application form, please click on the link below.

    Volunteer application form

    Once you've completed the form, please mail it to:

    Volunteer Services
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215-5450

    Adult and Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Councils

    The Adult and Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Councils are for patients and/or family members of Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center only. Please download and complete the appropriate application and return it to:

    PFAC Office
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215-5450

    Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council application
    Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council application

    For further information about the Advisory Councils, please contact Renee Siegel at Renee_Siegel@dfci.harvard.edu or 617-632-4527, or refer to the Councils' websites:

    Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council
    Pediatric Patient and Family Advisory Council

    Summer Volunteer Program

    If you are interested in volunteering at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during the summer, please be advised of the following requirements:

    • Volunteers must serve two half days (four hours each) or one full day (eight hours each) per week for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks, totaling 80 hours of service.
    • Once potential volunteers have completed the Summer Application Form, they will be contacted in early May to schedule an interview and continue with the application process.
    • Applications are due the first Friday of April.

    Summer Application Form

    Junior Volunteer Program

    The Junior Summer Volunteer Program is for volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 only. The program requires a minimum six-week commitment, beginning the last week of June or the first full week of July. We will only consider you for volunteer service if you are able to demonstrate a commitment for the full consecutive six weeks. We place applicants for service based on availability of assignments, schedule, interests and needs of the Institute.

    If you are interested in applying, a completed Junior Volunteer Application and two references must be received by Volunteer Services no later than the first Friday of April 2.

    Junior Volunteer Program application form

    Reference Form

    Learn more about the Junior Volunteer Program

    Art Studio and Environmental Music Volunteer Positions

    If you are interested in becoming an Art Studio or Environmental Music volunteer with the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, please email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu the following information:

    • Your name
    • Age
    • Contact information
    • A brief (2-3 paragraphs) statement of interest
    • 1-2 audio samples (for music volunteers)

    Once the Zakim Center receives this information, a representative will contact you regarding your application.

    Learn more about the Zakim Center's Creative Arts Program.


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