Al and Trudy Agress Summer Health Corps

About the Agress Summer Health Corps Program


2019 Agress Summer Health Corps VolunteersThe Al and Trudy Agress Summer Health Corps Program is an educational hands-on program that gives high school students an opportunity to explore various careers while gaining experience in a hospital setting. The programs runs for six weeks in July and August, and students must be able to participate for the entire program.

What do We Look for in an Applicant?

When assessing applications, we first narrow the field to complete and accurate applications that offer a glimpse of the student's personality and highlight what qualities the student would bring to the patient experience. Additionally, we look for students who are able to manage the application process on their own as well as manage their own schedule. Part of demonstrating this maturity is communicating on one's own behalf whether by phone, email or in person. In fairness to all applicants, we do not discuss applications, interviews or placements with anyone other than the applicant.

We receive many more applications than we have available roles. Our goal is to create a diverse team of committed volunteers who are best suited for our limited number of volunteer opportunities.

Please note: We cancelled our 2020 program due to COVID-19, just weeks after we had sent out acceptance notifications. Applicants to the 2020 program who were accepted into the program will be automatically accepted into the 2021 program. This will result in far fewer spaces for new applicants. For this reason, we are limiting eligibility for the 2021 Summer Health Corps to students who will be at least 16 and no older than 17 by July 1, 2021.

The application for the 2021 Agress Summer Health Program will be posted on December 1, 2020, and the deadline to apply is December 31, 2020.

If you applied in previous years but were not accepted and wish to be considered again, please let Caroline Moore know by January 31, 2021, by emailing cpmoore@bidmc.harvard.edu.