A service volunteer does not touch patients with the intent to provide direct clinical care/services, however, does provide support in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Service volunteers receive full incentives, i.e. parking privilege & meal privilege.


A research volunteer does not participate in patient care activities, but supports providers and clinicians in studies that help meet the vision of ZSFG by aligning care, discovery, and education. These research opportunities must be prearranged by the prospective volunteer.

Research volunteers do not receive any incentives.


A visiting volunteer observes or shadows any ZSFG employee for no more than five days. This person does not provide any care to patients or support administrative work for hospital employees. The sole purpose of a visiting volunteer is to learn through observation. Please click here to see more information about under Visiting Volunteers in Section II of Types of Volunteers.

Visiting volunteers do not receive any incentives.


Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG) is happy to provide opportunities for students from academic programs to receive clinical or job-related experiences. Internship placement does not apply to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) medical students enrolled in clerkships or classes. For information on how to be placed for an internship, please click here.