Frequently Asked Questions
Unpaid interns within research and academics are usually registered as a volunteers. Check to see that your incoming person meets the definition of a volunteer. For more information contact Amber Bruner.back to top
Is a shadow the same as a Volunteer?
No. A shadow is someone who strictly observes - not participating in any capacity. Shadows are registered through the hosting department as escorted visitors, rather than through Research & Academic Volunteer Services. Shadows typically observe for a much shorter time-span (1-2 days is typical). View the OHSU Visiting Scientists and Other Affiliates policy for guidelines on how to register a visitor.back to top
What if my volunteer is under the age of 16?
Applicant volunteers under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer. Research & Academic Volunteer Services is happy to start working with prospective volunteers at the age of 15 closing in upon their 16th birthday; but they cannot begin volunteering until they meet the minimum age requirement.back to top
Your volunteer should be assigned duties that are flexible and not comparative in scope to a paid OHSU position. The volunteer should not be assigned duties or tasks that the department is reliant upon. Assigned duties can be in support of a paid employee's duties, but not in replacement of a paid employee's duties. If you have any questions please contact Amber Bruner.back to top
No. Volunteers are not compensated for their services. However, if you want to register them under a different classification you may be able to provide them a stipend (please consult your HR Business Partner).back to top
It depends on their location and whether or not they will have patient or animal contact. Once you fill out and submit the Job Site Information form, Research & Academic Volunteer Services will notify the prospective volunteer as to whether they will need two rounds of TB testing, annual testing thereafter, or none at all.back to top
Research Volunteers are eligible for a 50% off rate on daily parking permits. They also qualify for the Tri-Met/C-Tran bus pass at the employee rate, and can ride the tram, streetcar and OHSU shuttle for free. Additionally, they are eligible to participate in the Bicycling Program.
Other benefits include access to the OHSU library, online journals, and a majority of employee discounts (as outlined on the Employee Discount website).
These transportation options and benefits are explained to all new volunteers in orientation or upon receiving their ID badge.back to top
No. All ID Badge forms that request a "Volunteer" ID have to be signed by Research & Academic Volunteer Services, or Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services.back to top
What do I do if my incoming volunteer already volunteers in another department?
If the individual is volunteering in a Research, Academic or Central Services department, you will need to fill out a Job Site Information form, submit it to Amber Bruner, and include that the individual is already registered with Research & Academic Volunteer Services. Once you receive an approval e-mail, the individual is cleared to start.
If the individual is volunteering with Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services, notify Amber Bruner. The Research & Academic Volunteer Services program will request a copy of the individual's file, and request the missing pieces needed from the individual. You will also need to fill out and submit a Job Site Information form to Amber Bruner. Once you get an approval e-mail, the individual is cleared to start.back to top
Is it okay if my volunteer is receiving school credit for volunteering?
Yes. School credit is not considered "compensation." Many unpaid interns are registered as volunteers.back to top
As each program's title's imply, each covers different areas of OHSU. All Research, Academics or Central Service departments that host a volunteer register that individual through this program's office. Any department that is part of the Hospitals or Clinics would work with Hospitals and Clinics Volunteer Services.
No, unfortunately it is against OHSU policy to issue volunteers metal keys.