Dear Prospective Interns, Visiting Researchers and Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research and Institute on Aging – we are delighted to have you!

As a department of the UF College of Medicine, our utmost concern is for the safety of our patients or research participants, faculty staff and students, and for maintaining the confidentiality of our data. To ensure compliance with the College of Medicine’s requirements, there are several steps that may need to take place prior to the beginning of your volunteering work.

The Department of Aging and Geriatric Research accepts the following types of non-compensated collaborations:

  • Volunteer
    1. Anyone not employed or cross-funded by the Department Aging and Geriatric Research, who uses departmental space and/or resources
    2. And does not qualify as a Visiting UF Researcher
  • Student Intern/Research
    1. UF student enrolled in an internship/research course required for graduation (examples: BMS4905, GMS7979, APK4912, PHC6946, HSC4970, etc.)
    2. The Intern/Research status applies only during the time frame of the course in which the student/intern is enrolled
  • Visiting UF Researcher
    1. UF employee paid in another department or institution (includes cross funding) to work on a study, without additional compensation from the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, and collaborate on the study for more than 30 days
    2. Or College of Medicine employee and student mentored by IOA faculty, without compensation from the Department of Aging and Geriatric Research

Please note that you may not begin your collaboration with our department (volunteering, internship, or working on a research study) until you have been notified by a member of the Aging Volunteers team that you have been approved as a volunteer.

All communication regarding your volunteering status has to be completed by always emailing and replying to   Aging-Volunteers@ad.ufl.edu.
  1. Your first step will consist of identifying a mentor among the faculty in our department. Once a faculty member agrees to mentor you and sponsor your volunteering or internship activities, please ask him or her to email Aging-Volunteers@ad.ufl.edu to request a volunteer/intern status for you.
  2. Creation of a Gatorlink account: if you do not already have a Gatorlink account, please create one by using the “Create Account” option on the UF Authentication page.  Once you have created your Gatorlink account, please email Aging-Volunteers@ad.ufl.edu your Gatorlink username.
  3. Information Needed for Volunteering (INV), http://aging.ufl.edu/information/volunteers/information-needed-for-volunteering/ (complete #1, 2, 3, 5, and 6, and email to your mentor for completion).  When the Aging-Volunteers team receives the completed INV form, they will contact you with a list of required items.
  4. Completing the volunteer packet paperwork: Information and signatures from you and your mentor will be required for the completion of the volunteering paperwork. Additional training and documentation may be required based on duties assigned.
  5. Clearance for contact with patients or research participants: if your duties will include contact with patients or research participants, you will need a Health Assessment in addition to the steps mentioned above.  Please email Aging-Volunteers@ad.ufl.edu for further instructions and note that you may have contact with patients or participants only after the your Health Assessment steps have been completed and you have been cleared for patient/participant contact.

For questions and additional information, please email Aging-Volunteers@ad.ufl.edu