Nature of Appointment
For internship-based programs, you are not considered an employee of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORISE, ORAU, DOE, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, you have a guest appointment at ORNL or the ORNL-designated facility, and you are affiliated with ORAU and/or ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORAU appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
When accepting the Terms of Appointment, you agree that the stipend payments shall not be construed as an employment relationship and acknowledge that there are no employment-related benefits (such as paid vacations, sick pay, maternity leave, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, etc.) associated with this appointment.
For appointments where the participant does enter into an employment-based relationship with ORAU, details of the appointment will be in the offer letter and accompanying information packet.
As a guest at an ORNL facility, you are expected to devote your time and effort in pursuing the activities of the research project, and to avoiding activities that would conflict with this expectation.
As a participant you should:
- Be at ORNL or the host facility during normal business hours.
- Observe and conform to all applicable rules, regulations, and requirements of ORNL or the host facility including, but not limited to, those respecting environment, safety, security, operating and health physics procedures, drug-free workplace notification requirements and conduct.
- Participate in the ongoing research activities of ORNL.
- Recognize that you are a guest at ORNL.
As a participant you should NOT:
- Undertake activities that are reserved for federal employees.
- Supervise*, appoint, mentor, hire or fire anyone.
- Accept budget or program management authority, signature authority, official job titles, or function in any way as a representative of the federal government, even if directed to by a responsible federal official.
*ORNL allows postdoctoral participants to co-mentor others as part of their educational experience, but only under strict supervision of the postdoc’s mentor.