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Volunteer Hiring Process

Volunteering must be for altruistic reasons and not for training, to avoid hiring someone, or as a trial period for hiring. Volunteers are expected to receive a greater level of supervision than an employee would, and are prohibited from doing work for the employer’s benefit (ie. filing, typing, clerical work). All duties should fulfill the altruistic purpose of the volunteering and, if applicable, must be renewed annually by completing a new questionnaire and submitting to HR for review.

  1. Department reaches out to HRO and completes the volunteer questionnaire
  2. Department sends the questionnaire to their Human Resources Officer (HRO) for review at least 5 days prior to the volunteer starting
  3. HRO reviews the questionnaire and notifies the department whether the volunteer is approved (ie. duties meets all current legal requirements)
  4. HRO prepares volunteer agreement and sends to the volunteer for signature

Unpaid Internships

Unpaid Internships are education or training programs that are designed to provide students with professional experience in furtherance of their education and training and are academically oriented for their benefit, similar to the training that one would receive in an educational environment. All duties assigned to the intern must be for the intern’s educational benefit, and the intern must work under close supervision of staff for the duration of the internship. Routine work that is structured around the employer’s operations and is for the employer’s benefit (e.g., clerical work such as filing or typing) is generally not permitted.

INTERN APPROVAL PROCESS

  1. Department completes the intern questionnaire and sends it to their Human Resources Officer (HRO) for review at least 5 days prior to the start of the internship
  2. HRO reviews the questionnaire and notifies department whether the internship is approved (i.e., meets all current legal requirements)
  3. HRO prepares the intern agreement and sends to the intern for signature

CLINICAL INTERN APPROVAL PROCESS (SUMMER ONLY)

  1. Department completes an intern questionnaire and sends it to their Human Resources Officer (HRO) as soon as possible, but no later than May 1. Departments may include the names of all summer interns on one questionnaire if they are all performing the same duties.
  2. HRO reviews the questionnaire and notifies the department whether the internship is approved (i.e., meets all current legal requirements)
  3. HRO prepares the intern agreements and sends to the department for the intern to sign. Agreements should be included with the nondisclosure agreement and confidentiality policy provided to the intern for signature
  4. Department sends a copy of the signed intern agreement to HR on or before the first day of the internship

Note: HLS students working for clinical or pro bono credit during the school year do not need to have a questionnaire competed. Questionnaires must be completed for all summer interns.

Complete the Unpaid Intern Questionnaire