The STAR (Service, Training, Advocacy & Research) Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the UCSF Parnassus campus welcomes volunteers willing to dedicate a consistent number of hours per week across at least 6 months. For summer volunteer opportunities, we request the time frame be from June – August. Flexible shifts are available from 8 a.m. every week day to 8 p.m. some nights. Weekend options may be available. Our center is located at 401 Parnassus Ave in the Sunset District.
Current volunteers and assistants have found their experiences to be valuable. Volunteers gain hands-on experience working with social skills groups for patients of all ages, contributing to the daily administration of clinic activities, scoring psychometric questionnaires, cognitive assessments and autism diagnostic instruments, organizing training workshops for professionals around the world, and assisting with intervention trials and genetic research.
Depending on hours, volunteers sit in on our case conferences where our multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers, and behavior analysts convene to discuss the diagnoses and treatment for our patients. Volunteers may attend weekly Grand Rounds presentations within the Department of Psychiatry. Many of our clinicians also conduct original research related to ASD and NDDs; individuals with research experience are especially welcomed to join our team. As a new center, we seek hard-working and motivated volunteers to help us grow! Please visit our clinic webpage for more information.
We accept volunteers based on clinical and research needs. Unfortunately, we cannot accept all volunteers who apply to our center.
Volunteers are required to undergo a criminal background check prior to being registered as a volunteer with UCSF.
To apply, fill out the application below and send it with your resume/CV to STAR@ucsf.edu