Student Volunteers

The SIGGRAPH 2015 Student Volunteer Program puts you right in the middle of all of the action with full conference access, and deep into a network of fellow students who, just like you, are inspired to be the industry leaders of tomorrow.

As a Student Volunteer, you will help support the conference and have the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals, creators, educators, visionaries, and each other. Students who demonstrate leadership, service, and a passion for computer graphics are encouraged to apply!

This exclusive experience is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who are enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2014-2015 academic year and are at least 18 years of age (on or before 8 August 2015). Qualified students can apply to volunteer for 25 hours (approximately) during the conference. All applicants are eligible to apply for a financial aid award to help ease the cost of attendance (please note, however, that funds are limited and aid is not guaranteed).

Don’t miss out on your chance to experience all that you can discover from the synergism of ideas spanning computer graphics and interactive techniques. Become a Student Volunteer in 2015. 

Join us at the Xroads of Discovery in Los Angeles!

Christine Holmes
SIGGRAPH 2015 Student Volunteer Program Chair

Complete Application Information 



Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (on or before 8 August 2015).

Full-Time Student Status

Applicants must be high school, undergraduate, or graduate students enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2014-2015 academic year (Summer 2014 – Spring 2015). 

Deadlines & Important Dates

Due to the high volume of applicants, we regret that we can not accept any late applications. Please comply with the submission deadlines and ensure that you submit your application by the appropriate day and time. We cannot make any exceptions for students due to miscalculation of the application deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

16 September 2014: SVSC Applications Due

13 January 2015: Team Leader Applications Due
Only open to students who have previously served as Student Volunteers. Please complete the regular Student Volunteer application and the Team Leader essays on the application by 22:00 UTC/GMT. (Convert to your time zone.) Team Leader application results will be sent on or before 6 February 2015. Applicants will receive email notification at the address you provided in applications. Please adjust your spam filter so that any messages from email addresses will not be placed in your junk-mail folder. Applicants who are not accepted as Team Leaders will still be considered for Student Volunteer positions.

10 February 2015: Application Deadline
The Student Volunteer application must be completed by 22:00 UTC.GMT. (Convert to your time zone.) Please note that you will be required to upload proof of full-time status (transcript, or proof of enrollment). We recommend that you allow ample time to gather this information from your institution before the due date. Without this documentation, your application will be marked as incomplete.

30 April 2015: Application Results Sent
You will receive email notification at the same address you provided in your application. Please adjust your spam filter so that any messages from email addresses will not be placed in your junk-mail folder.

30 April - 30 May 2015: Financial Assistance Notifications Sent
Accepted applicants who applied for financial assistance will receive notifications at the same address provided in the application. Award of travel or housing is based on need alone and is at the sole discretion of the Student Volunteer Subcommittee. Please be advised that funds are limited and are not guaranteed. Please adjust your spam filter so that any messages from email addresses will not be placed in your junk-mail folder.


Serve the Conference

Commit 25 hours (approximately) of volunteer service to the conference. All students are eligible to apply for Financial Assistance and may also be eligible for special prizes and incentives throughout the week.

Attend Mandatory Orientation
Saturday, 8 August 2015 (location and time will be announced in July). Please plan your travel to arrive in Los Angeles NO LATER THAN NOON on 8 August, so that you will be able to check in before this mandatory meeting time.

All day, 9-13 August 2015
Depart the Los Angeles Convention Center no earlier than late evening (after 6 pm), 13 August. We recommend that you stay until Friday,14 August so you can celebrate a successful conference with your new SIGGRAPH colleagues on Thursday evening.

Be Punctual

Arrive at the Student Volunteer Office at least 30 minutes before each of your scheduled shift times with a smile on your face and a passion to serve!

Examples of Student Volunteer assignments:

  • Monitoring doors
  • Checking badges
  • Facilitating spoken-language translations
  • Assisting conference contributors at various venues
  • Providing general assistance for attendees in all areas of the convention center


Free SIGGRAPH 2015 Full Conference Registration

Enjoy all of the sights and sounds of this amazing conference when you are off-shift!

Student Volunteer Special Sessions

Hear top professionals in the industry (and former Student Volunteers) speak about tips, tricks, and job opportunities at exclusive “Student Volunteers-only” sessions at SIGGRAPH 2015!

S3 Résumé and Reel Review Sessions

Polish that reel and résumé, and get some professional feedback to land that dream job! Space is limited. This program is made possible by the SIGGRAPH Student Services Committee (S3).


Meet students from all over the globe who share your passion for computer graphics!

Other Surprises

You never know what’s in store! From special guests to prizes, we are always up to something fun for our hard-working Student Volunteers!


Be prepared to handle expenses including, but not limited to:

  • Meals
  • Parking (if you drive to the conference)
  • Travel to and from Los Angeles
  • Hotel and other lodging expenses

Financial Assistance

All volunteers are eligible to apply for Financial Assistance to help defray the cost of attendance. Please be advised that funds are limited, and financial assistance is not guaranteed.


Still have some questions? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions.


You will need to create an account in the SIGGRAPH Information System,, if you do not already have one. Once you are logged into the system, select "Begin a New Submission" from the Main Menu. Then select the Student Volunteers program and complete your application prior to the deadline, 10 February 2015, 22:00 UTC/GMT.

You may complete your application, or view the status of your application, at any time by selecting the "View My Submissions" option in the SIS.  Please note that all submissions must show as "Complete" in SIS prior to the submission deadline, in order to be considered for selection. We regret that we are unable to accept late applications.

Be sure to start collecting your application materials early. Documents required for the application include a current transcript (official or unofficial) or an enrollment verification letter from your institution's registrar. This is to confirm that you were enrolled full time for at least one semester during the 2014-2015 academic year (Summer 2014 – Spring 2015). For international students unable to provide the document in English, please upload the original as a PDF.

X-SV Program

No longer qualified to be a SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer? Want to know more about and contribute to a specific conference program like the Computer Animation Festival, Emerging Technologies, or others? Not sure how to get involved as a recent grad? Thinking about someday applying to be on a SIGGRAPH Subcommittee? If you answered “Yes!” to these questions, then check out the X-SV Program (NEW for SIGGRAPH 2015)!