Visitor and Volunteer Registration Information

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OHSU is currently in Modified Operations due to COVID-19. During this time, OVV is not onboarding new visitors or volunteers in an effort to conserve resources at OHSU.

Become a Visitor or Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in visiting, volunteering, interning, or collaborating at OHSU! The average time to register is 6-8 weeks. This can vary based on several factors (e.g. background check timeline, visitor/volunteer responsiveness and Occupational Health clearance). Please plan accordingly.

  • Are you at least 16 years of age?
  • Are you able to complete all OHSU OVV compliance processes (including a background check and online trainings)?
  • Search for an existing open opportunity: Search through the Research Volunteer Opportunities
  • Find a Principal Investigator and create your own opportunity: Use this tool to search for a lab in your area of interest. From there you can reach out to inquire about a volunteer opportunity.
  1. Complete this form
  2. After registering, please ensure your hosting site submits a Visitor/Volunteer Information Form (VIF) to
    1. You and your hosting site should sit down and work together to complete this form.
  3.  Fill out the background check questionnaire: Soon after your hosting site submits the VIF to OVV, you will receive an email from our background check vendor, Advanced Reporting. You will need to fill out the background check questionnaire within 7 days of receiving the email.
    1. If your link expires, please email us at to be sent a new link
    2. Please note that J-1 visitors follow a different process. Please have your hosting site refer to our J-1 Exchange Program O2 page for more information.
  • OVV will process your online registration form, VIF, and initiate your background check.
    • Watch for an e-mail from Advanced Reporting to complete your background check.
    • Please note that J-1 visitors follow a different process. Please have your hosting site refer to our O2 page for more information.
  • Upon approval of your VIF and background clearance you will receive a Step 2 email outlining your next steps. This will include the signing of documents, completion of online Compass modules, and medical clearances from Occupational Health, if necessary.
  • Upon completion of the steps outlined in the (Step 2) email, you will receive a final Activation email with instructions for obtaining an OHSU Badge, how to access your Volgistics account, and where to log your hours. You are only cleared to start your assignment once you receive our activation email.
  • Please note: you are not covered by liability insurance until activated by our office.