Volunteer at Oshkosh!
Volunteering as a Collegiate Volunteer at AirVenture is flexible—choose the hours and days that work best for your schedule. Before or after your volunteer shift, you’ll have access to the grounds, which means you can experience all AirVenture has to offer. Visit exhibitors, catch an air show, enjoy evening entertainment, and best of all, network with volunteers, corporate representatives, and other students.
EAA’s Collegiate Volunteer Program Application for 2017 will be available in February 2017.
You volunteer your time, we take care of the rest:
- Admission wristbands (weekly wristband for volunteers logging at least 30 hours; a daily wristband for volunteers logging at least four hours on a specific day)
- Complimentary camping for those volunteering at least 30 hours
- A meal and beverages during volunteer shifts
- Exclusive events and activities
- A one-time, free six-month EAA membership when you complete an application
- An experience of a lifetime!
Aviation-related: Volunteers are needed in flightline operations; aircraft greeters, parking, or traffic; and moving and placing aircraft on Boeing Plaza.
Grounds/Facilities: Set up and take down chairs for forums and other events.
Administrative/Business/Customer Service: Human resources students can support the Volunteer Center that acts as the staffing center for volunteers; accounting students support our Finance office; and students interested in customer service can volunteer at the Welcome Center by greeting and assisting EAA members and guests.
Food/Event Management: Operation Thirst volunteers are responsible for preparing 1,000 daily lunches and distributing them, along with beverages, to volunteers throughout the grounds; Audio/Visual volunteers set up equipment for events and programs; Lifetime Dinner and Gathering of Eagles volunteers set up the museum’s Eagle Hangar for these two major events.
Photographers/Videographers: Photographers, videographers, grips, editors, and assistants are needed.
And many more: If you are interested in volunteering, we will have a spot for you.
In 2016, over 110 students participated from over 50 colleges and universities around the U.S.
“This program is a wonderful opportunity for college aviation students who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it to experience Oshkosh. The work is fun, the aircraft are awesome, and the people are some of the best around. It's a great experience, and I would recommend it to everybody.”
- Weston Harris, 2016 Collegiate Volunteer from University of Central Missouri
“The EAA Collegiate Volunteer program is a must for all college aged individuals who have an interest in aviation! Through this program I was able to get up close and personal with airplanes, pilots, and inner workings of AirVenture with no prior experience. The amenities are top notch, the volunteer family is just that, and everyone treats Collegiate Volunteers like VIPs! Trust me - this is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.”
- Andrew Pfluger, 2016 Collegiate Volunteer
2015 University Participants:
Join students from Ohio State University, University of North Dakota, University of Central Missouri, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and the University of Dubuque.