Volunteers and Internship Programs

Effective Date: August 1, 2006

Last Reviewed: July 1, 2015

Interim Date: July 21, 2015


To clearly establish parameters and differentiate between volunteerism and an employment relationship.

Policy Statement

Volunteering may only be allowed as a part of a formal, documented volunteer program, internship or role for which a need and desire has been established and approved by the department head.

Volunteers may not be allowed to substitute in any position for which there are full-time, paid, bargaining unit staff.   The “Volunteer” classification may not be used in any way to circumvent the Recruitment and Selection procedures established for regular, paid staff members.

Volunteers participating in a formalized program such as an internship for college students may receive a stipend or other consideration (i.e., credit hours).

This policy is currently awaiting approval. You can view the interim policy to the right or by clicking here.