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FAQs for Volunteers and Unpaid Interns

What is considered a volunteer assignment?

Volunteers provide services without the expectation of pay and are not considered university employees in their volunteer role. Service must be for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons or for the benefit of his/her educational experience. Individuals shall be considered volunteers only where their services are offered freely and without pressure or coercion, direct or implied, from an employer. Volunteers do not displace professional staff, have no reason to expect an offer of employment at the conclusion of the volunteer assignment and can be terminated by either party at any time. Individuals who volunteer their services are not eligible for University benefits, unemployment or Workers' Compensation and are expected to carry personal medical insurance.

Can I volunteer if I am under the age of 18?

Yes. Generally, being under the age of 18 does not automatically deter you from volunteering at Drexel. If you are under the age of 18 you must receive your parent or legal guardian's consent before the assignment begins. We will review each request on a case by case basis.

Will I be subject to a background check?

Volunteers/Unpaid Interns that have routine or regular contact with minors are subject to a background check. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University volunteers should reach out to Maria Morales at or 215.299.1029.

If I have volunteered at Drexel previously do I need to complete the volunteer process again?

Volunteers must complete the required paperwork for each volunteer assignment. If the volunteer duties remain the same, the department can reach out to their HRBP to extend the assignment.

When can a volunteer be dismissed?

Volunteer/Unpaid Intern assignments can end at any time by either party without notice. If an end date was not listed on the Volunteer Assignment description, the department should notify HR at when an assignment ends and ensure the ID card, keys, etc. are collected.