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EAA Launches Collegiate Volunteer Program for AirVenture 2015

February 5, 2015 - College-age aviation enthusiasts seeking to get involved in the World's Greatest Aviation Celebration have a pathway to Oshkosh this year with a new Collegiate Volunteer Program for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. This summer's 63rd annual EAA fly-in convention is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The program is designed for college students, whether or not they are aviation majors, who want to join the more than 5,000 volunteers who make possible the annual event that draws more than 10,000 aircraft and attendance of 500,000 to Oshkosh each year. Volunteers are welcome in nearly every area of AirVenture operations.

"Volunteering at Oshkosh is a tradition for many people who want to be involved in one of the world's most unique and exciting events," said Janine Diana, EAA's vice president of people and culture. "This tradition has been passed down for more than 60 years, now into a fourth generation of aviation enthusiasts. Volunteering is an unforgettable way to experience AirVenture, see the aircraft, and meet people from around the world in an atmosphere filled with fun and discovery."

Days and hours for volunteers are flexible, with assistance welcome in areas ranging from aviation-related activities to grounds, customer service, and event operations. Collegiate volunteers are eligible for special benefits and recognition available for all AirVenture volunteers when certain criteria are met.

In addition, EAA is working with aviation programs at numerous colleges and universities to bring groups of college volunteers to Oshkosh. Some of those campuses include Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of North Dakota, University of Central Missouri, University of Dubuque, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, but volunteers are welcome from all schools.

More information is available through the program page on the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh website and through EAA's human resources office at hr@eaa.org.

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