Volunteer vs. Intern

What is the difference between a volunteer and an intern?

The intern has a specific person within the company who they can shadow and will act as their mentor. Volunteers are typically only taken on by not for profit companies whilst both not for profit and for-profit companies offer internships.

Volunteer Application

A volunteer application form assists the process of recruitment and screening of volunteers by gathering information about an individual’s suitability for a given volunteer role. An application form should be clearly laid out, avoid employment terminology and only seek relevant information about the applicant.

Why do you need one?
A prospective volunteer application form is necessary for two reasons: to assist in your interview and screening process; and to document basic information about individual volunteers. The form should be seen as a tool to be used as a starting point in an interview.

Examples
JotForm
Volunteer Ireland

What documents does an intern need?

  • Application or some sort of agreement
  • Background checkThe background check is often a final step taken by employers to help ensure a sound hiring decision and protect the employer from a number of potential risks. For many employers, a background check is a reliable way of verifying claims made by job seekers during the hiring process.
  • Waivers: media and injury

Updated on January 5, 2021

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