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How to Apply to Be a Volunteer

  • Pooja Patel and Jessica Angle
  • 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
    Download our 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
    YC-151
    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 Summer Volunteer Program

    Dana-Farber's Junior Summer Volunteer Program is a highly competitive program accepting a small number of high school students aged 16 to 18. The program runs from the first week in July through mid-August. Applicants must be able to commit to one 8-hour day a week (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) for the full six weeks, and must also be available to attend or call in to a weekly meeting. We seek to accept a diverse group of highly motivated students from a multitude of backgrounds.

    Applications for the 2018 Junior Summer Volunteer program are due by Friday, April 6, and can be mailed to:

    Dana-Farber Volunteer Services (YC-151)
    Attn: Summer Junior Volunteer Program
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

    Scanned copies of applications, and questions regarding the program, can be directed to volunteerservices@dfci.harvard.edu. If possible, please include your reference forms WITH your application.

    Junior Volunteer Program application form

    Reference Form