Volunteer Opportunities


We welcome students from all departments of the University. We prefer students to be in their 2nd year, who are willing to commit at least 10 hours per week and plan to remain in the lab until their graduation. Positions can either be for credit or to gain experience in the field of research.

All other volunteer opportunities for those external to UVa, should review the resident labs and provide Cindy Orange with a detailed description of your research interests and a copy of your CV/Resume.

If you are interested in applying for 2024-2025, send resume and cv to cso2z@virginia.edu.

UVA Students

 There are two types of student volunteers. Those that are volunteering for credit, do not require a volunteer form at all but must adhere to COVID and Health Screening requirements.

Those not volunteering for credit and just looking for experience, will need to complete the SOM Volunteer Form following the instructions below.  Please note, these will take 2-3 business days to get approval, after receipt, so be sure that start date is in future based on your receipt and time to get approved.

External Volunteers

 These are volunteers that are not affiliated with UVA and must complete the SOM Volunteer form. Please ensure that if under 18, that they must get a legal guardian signature and must have proof of insurance coverage during their stay.

Please note that International volunteers require 90 days advanced notice and US volunteers require 30 days advanced notice.  Remind volunteers to check their emails and spam folders for emails from this external firm for background checks.

Important: UVA SOM now requires Health Screening and Background Checks for all external volunteers. External Volunteers MAY NOT begin their volunteer work until the health screening and background checks are completed. It is the responsibility of the sponsor (lab) to ensure that the volunteer does not begin any volunteer work until both checks are successfully completed.

Volunteer Form

SOM Volunteer Form. Choose “Volunteers in Research-Labs-Form” towards the top of the page.

Complete 1-6 and sign, and save as pdf and send back to Cindy Orange, Administrative Director, to cso2z@virginia.edu for completion and signatures.  She will send to department administrator and process with the School for their final approval.

Once approved, lab will receive an approved copy and then will be responsible for completing the UVA Health ID Badge.

UVA Students will need to complete an ID Badge form, as their student ID will not get them into the UVA Health buildings or corridors.  Their information “may” be in Workday and if not, then their University ID is the 9-digits on back of their Student ID.  Role for these volunteers should always be “Student Volunteer.”  Department will be Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Health.

External Volunteers will also need to complete and ID Badge form and cannot do this until they have been setup in Workday, which usually occurs after their background checks have cleared.  Role for these volunteers should always be “Volunteer.”  Department will be Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Health.