Research & Academic Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

CRISP Volunteers

Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP)

Exposes volunteers to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in the OHSU Emergency Department.  

Eligibility: For highly disciplined and motivated pre-medical students who plan to go into a field of clinical medicine.  

Commitment Requirements: Minimum 1 year commitment. Additional requirements apply - please contact program for details.

Interested? Contact: Kamil Narayan

For more information visit the CRISP website.

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Critical Care Academic Associates Program (CCAAP)

CCAAP Volunteers

Screening patient charts to determine study eligibility, collecting data from the patient chart and the bedside, auditing data collected by other volunteers.  

Eligibility: For higher education students & professionals who plan to go into the field of clinical research.  

Commitment Requirements: Requirements vary - contact program for details  

Interested? Contact: Hannah Lobingier: or 503-494-6668

For more information visit the CCAAP website.

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Cord Blood Donation Program of Oregon

Assemble cord blood collection kits, assemble donor registration packets, assist with donor registration and outreach, packaging and shipping of collected cord blood, and other related projects as they become available.

Eligibility: At least 18 years of age; have completed at least one year of science courses; able to communicate effectively with families and medical staff; able to work independently and as part of a team; exhibit a strong work ethic and good organizational skills.

Commitment Requirements: At least 12 months for at least 2 hours per week.

Interested? Contact: Program Coordinators at, and include a resume and cover letter explaining your experience and why you would like to volunteer with this program

For more information please contact .

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Intracranial Hypertension Registry

To assist the Research Coordinator with the ongoing enrollment and management of patients in the Intracranial Hypertension Registry. Duties include: Data entry into a customized database (4D) and Microsoft Excel; use Microsoft Office to create mailing labels; use Microsoft Outlook to send formatted emails; assist with mailing patient questionnaires or newsletters; assist with the tabulation of survey information; review patient files and extract pertinent information; assist with managing new and existing patients.

Eligibility: General computer knowledge; ability to answer phones, take accurate messages; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.

Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Interested? Contact: , Research Coordinator, Intracranial Hypertension Registry, 503-418-2141

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OHSU Farmer's Market

farmersmarketThe OHSU Farmer's Market is a great intersection of nutrition, healthcare, food security, sustainable food systems, small-medium sized agriculture, sustainable institutional purchasing and local retail & wholesale sales, marketing and business. The Farmer's Market is a great place for volunteers who have an interest in the many facets of food, business, science, education and healthcare. There are several available positions with the market. We train our volunteers to do a variety of jobs.

These include but are not limited to:
·         Hosting a consignment table of all local goods on the market day
·         Wholesale collection & accounting of goods for retail use in the cafes
·         Set up &  break down logistics of the market
·         Token disbursement
·         Food preparation of local foods purchased from the market to be served in the café
·         Collecting communication information for outgoing newsletters
·         Census collection for research purposes

Eligibility: At least 16 years of age (18 years of age for some tasks); able to lift minimum of 20 lbs; friendly and enthusiastic.

Commitment Requirements: 9:00am-4:00pm every Tuesday, June-September; 2 hour, 4 hour, 6 hour, and 8 hour shifts are available. Must volunteer at least 40 cumulative hours of service from June-September.

Interested? Contact: , Market Manager, 503-494-8792

For more information visit the OHSU Farmer's Market Website

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OHSU Green Team - Recycling Center

The OHSU Green Team is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our daily activities by taking a proactive role in providing educational development, increased awareness, and taking action to meet the needs of our patients, students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  The Green Team recognizes OHSU's substantial environmental, economical, and social impacts on the region it serves, and asserts that OHSU must take steps to reduce its impacts by implementing institutional-wide sustainability commitments, operations, and best practices.  Help drive change at OHSU.

Eligibility:  18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible.

Commitment Requirements:  At minimum 40 hours total (no duration specified).  1 year commitment preferred.

Interested? Contact:  , Sustainable Operations Supervisor, 503-494-8813

For more information visit the Green Team website.

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OHSU Library

Volunteers are welcomed to serve in a variety of capacities, depending upon experience, educational background, time available, and interest. Examples of library volunteer activities are:

  • Contribute to library digitization projects (e.g., descriptive metadata input and OCR text correction)
  • Working on special inventory or cataloging projects
  • Processing archival materials
  • Intern at the library (for library school and library assistant students)

Eligibility: At least 16 years of age. Additional requirements vary - see website.

Commitment Requirements: At least 40 hours total (no duration specified). Additional requirements vary - see website.

Interested? Contact: Valerie Fishler or 503-494-6029

For more information visit the OHSU Library website.

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Oregon Office on Disability & Health

The Oregon Office on Disability & Health has an opportunity for the right person to take part in the development of an Access and Functional Needs Disaster Preparedness Working Plan. Your work will directly bring change to how our emergency management agencies approach the needs of people in Oregon living with access and functional needs and disabilities.

Your work will include creating community profiles; identifying key agencies and stakeholders; creating training and exercise recommendations; liaison with county, city, and state emergency managers; and community outreach.

Volunteers will learn: project management, community building, governmental systems, and how to create a more resilient community.

Duties will include: development of documents related to project management, reading of current emergency plans, connecting with community partners via telephone and email, attending local meetings and completion of emergency management related trainings.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Completion of ICS 100, 200 & NIMS 700 or ability to within a reasonable amount of time
  • Experience working with Access and Functional Needs populations
  • Microsoft Excel


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Emergency management or public health emergency preparedness experience or training

Commitment Requirements: This is a long term project. Time commitment could be from 2-4 hours a week

Interested? Contact for information

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Oregon Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment Registry (POLST/OPR)

Provide a service to Oregonians statewide, by volunteering with the OR POLST Registry.  Volunteers will be compiling packets of Registration materials for our Registrants.   Primarily responsible for: cutting out labels, creating magnets; folding and stuffing envelopes with letters, labels magnets; and confirming each packet is complete before mailing.  May also assist in compiling educational materials.

Eligibility:  At least 16 years of age. 

Commitment Requirements: Minimum 3 month commitment; 2hrs/week min or 8hrs/month; flexible scheduling upon request.

Interested? Contact: Hanna Nelson

For more information visit the POLST website.

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Psychiatry - ADHD Study

ADHD Study

The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is currently examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children 7 to 11 years of age. This study is under the direction of Professor Joel Nigg in the Department of Psychiatry and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with testing, data collection, and data entry.  Students will be in direct contact with children and their parents and will gain useful experience with child and adult cognitive achievement and physiological tests. Students will also gain experience with state of the art software for data entry, cleaning and analysis. Duties may include administering child and parent cognitive and academic tests (WISC, WIAT, WAIS, WRAT, etc.); conducting child physiological readings and computerized tasks; scoring and data entry; and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.

Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in child abnormal or developmental psychology, physiology, child behavior, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have evening and Saturday availability. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software (Systat, SPSS, Excel, Eprime) is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 3 shifts per week for at least 5 months and be available for two lab meetings per month.  

Interested? Contact: for information and an application.  

For more information visit the ADHD Study website.

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Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Clinical Research (PRISM)

The Khan lab deals with clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.

Volunteer Program: We accept volunteers in the program who can help us with organization of research data, contacting and following up with research subjects. The volunteers usually work under the supervision of the principal investigator or research coordinator and frequently work in teams with each other. Volunteers are expected to be available at least one half day a week for a period of 6 months. Scheduling is flexible however volunteers are expected to coordinate with each other so that only one volunteer is working at the time.

Our offices are located on the 1st floor of Emma Jones Hall. Link to OHSU map (Building 12, Map Quadrant C1):

Eligibility: Intended for pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience before applying to medical school. International medical graduatesinterested in gaining experience in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine may also apply to this position.

Interested? Contact: Dr. Akram Khan with your resume, and a statement on your interests and goals.

For more information visit the Pulmonary Clinics website.

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Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study

The Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study at OHSU is currently enrolling and tracking outcomes data on clinic patients with Spina Bifida, a developmental congenital disorder. This study is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with data collection, and data entry and tracking of longitudinal outcomes.

Students will gain useful research experience and will also gain experience with National registry software programs for data entry and analysis. Duties may include assisting with data collection and data entry and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study.

Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework family and human services, psychology and/or interest in developmental disabilities is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software is preferred.

Commitment Requirements: 12 hours per week for at least 5 months

Interested? Contact: Daria Ettinger for information and an application

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Oregon Poison Center

or poison center

The Oregon Poison Center is a 24-hour health care information and treatment resource serving the state of Oregon, the territories of Alaska and Guam.

The Oregon Poison Center is also responsible for providing public outreach and education to health care professionals.As such we send free brochures, Mr Yuk stickers and other educational items to families and businesses as requested.

We are looking for volunteers who can:

  • Retrieve messages from our materials request voicemail
  • Package the requested items for mailing
  • Enter the materials distributed information in our proprietary database (training provided)
  • Work with our educators as staff at local health fairs distributing materials (Infrequent, but helps enormously!)

Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. Comfortable with computers; ability to use phone to retrieve messages, take accurate messages; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.

Commitment requirements: Minimum of 2 hours a week.

Interested? Please contact Lynn Cox

For more information visit the Oregon Poison Center website or Oregon Poison Center FACEBOOK

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English Language Learner Program


OHSU is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to serve as classroom instructors, tutors and instructional designers. These volunteers will support non-native English-speaking employees who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. We are looking for volunteers that will be willing to give their full attention to the learner's needs and goals. Some of the main responsibilities for this position will be lesson planning, activity planning, keeping attendance, maintaining contact with the program coordinator, and providing progress reports.

Eligibility: Obtained or currently working toward the MA TESOL or TESL Certificate; Ability to encourage people and inspire trust; Awareness of cultural differences; Respect for the learner as an adult peer; Enthusiasm for learning; Must have patience, flexibility, and perseverance.

Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 6 months. Hours per week will vary depending on assignment.

Interested? Contact: Kelli Byrd, program and outreach coordinator,

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Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP)

TRAP_240The Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP) provides volunteers with first-hand exposure to clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the only academic Level-1 Trauma Center in Oregon.  

The focus of our IRB approved study is to compile a prospective registry of complications in critically-ill patients admitted to the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at OHSU. Our volunteers conduct chart reviews of patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database.  They attend daily rounds in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where medical students, residents, and attending physicians evaluate laboratory/imaging results, pertinent exam findings, and treatment plans. Additionally, T-RAP volunteers attend biweekly meetings to discuss research updates, listen to guest speakers, or present PowerPoint lectures on topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and nosocomial bacteremia. 

Our group is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU.

Eligibility: The program invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates.  Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative environment.   

Commitment Requirements: A minimum one year commitment to the program; one four-hour data entry shift every week; biweekly Wednesday afternoon T-RAP group meetings.

Interested? Contact: Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at 

For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.

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VirtuOHSU Surgical Simulation - Student Volunteer

Work Schedule: Flex: Monday-Friday with variable hours. Estimated 8-10hrs/wk

Background: VirtuOHSU is a 1400sq ft. surgical simulation laboratory located on the OHSU campus. The facility is designed to teach a variety of procedural skills to trainees outside of the clinical setting.

Functions: Volunteer needed to assist with technical support for the VirtuOHSU Surgical Simulation Center. Duties include assisting with lab events, facilitating set up and break down of training sessions, maintenance of simulation models, administrative duties and organization of supplies. The volunteer will work closely with medical students, residents, surgical faculty, simulation staff and the Program Director to accomplish the surgical skills training mission of the lab. This is a one-year volunteer opportunity. We are looking to fill 4 volunteer positions.

Additional Details: Parking access on Marquam Hill/OHSU campus is extremely limited. Please be prepared to use bicycle or mass transit to and from the VirtuOHSU Surgical Simulation Center.

Qualifications: Required: High School Diploma or equivalent and be at least 21yrs of age. Must be able to show current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student. Must demonstrate excellent verbal communication, professionalism, reliability and customer focus. Candidate should be able to: effectively multi-task, be attentive to detail and possess problem solving ability. Individual must be able to lift and move 30 pounds easily as needed. The volunteer will work with animal and cadaveric tissues occasionally. Preferred: Course work in pre-medicine or life sciences, current honors student.

Interested? Please email a letter of interest to Elena An, VirtuOHSU Program Director. Attach your resume, letter of recommendation and references to:

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The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences


The Occupational Health Psychology Lab (Dr. Ryan Olson, PI) is seeking a motivated volunteer to work on a health and safety intervention project with home care workers, which is a core project within the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health).

Eligibility: Must be a Junior or Senior. Must be able to perform data entry and general support for intervention and study implementation tasks as assigned. Experience or skills with applied human subjects research, behavioral interventions, data analysis, and general health promotion are desirable. Experience in occupational safety and health OR with home care work OR caregiving would be added strengths.

Commitment Requirements: At least 3 months, 4-8 hours a week

Interested? Contact: with a letter of application and Curriculum Vitae/Resume

For more information: visit Dr. Olson's lab website, which is located within the the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences 

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RAVS - Compliance & Quality Improvement Internship

qualityIf you are a hardworking and focused Healthcare Management, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Project Management, or Community Health undergraduate student (or new graduate) in the Portland metropolitan area, with great organizing and communication skills contact us today!

The OHSU Research and Academics Volunteer Services (RAVS) program office, is seeking a Compliance and Quality Improvement Intern. This intern will be responsible coordinating monthly volunteer personnel file audits of OHSU Departments, Centers, Institutes and Schools that host volunteers, the annual performance evaluations of our volunteers, and our rewards program related to the performance evaluation process. This intern stays informed about institutional, state, federal and accrediting body policies and compliance to ensure RAVS stays in compliance. This intern includes running reports, sending correspondence to internal and external customers, and observing mock audits. This internship is to be performed remotely with weekly/bi-weekly check-ins in the RAVS program office.

Although this internship is not a paid opportunity, interns will gain valuable hands on experience in volunteer management, program management, and project management. Interns will learn about OHSU auditing procedures, healthcare quality standards, and US Joint Commission standards. Successful interns at the conclusion of their internship will receive a letter of recommendation and specific projects and samples for their professional portfolio. Monetary compensation and parking is not provided.



  • Working towards a Bachelor's degree (at a sophomore level or higher, or new graduate) in Healthcare Management, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Project Management, Community Health, or related; OR have relevant experience
  • 1-2 years of customer service experience
  • Knowledge of basic project management techniques
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-discipline with the ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrated organization skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel, MS word, and MS Outlook


  • Experience with Volgsitics or similar volunteer management software
  • 1-2 years administrative experience in a professional office setting

Commitment Requirements: Must commit for one year  (4 – 8 hours per week)

Interested? Please email with a writing sample, your general availability, and answer the following questions. Include the subject line "I am perfect for interning at OHSU."

  1. How would this volunteer internship with RAVS help you in your goals?
  2. What is your recent experience with running and interpreting data reports?
  3. How does your education and previous experience make you a great candidate for our open internship opportunity?

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