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Collegiate Volunteer Program

Important Update

Out of concern for the health and safety of our many employees, volunteers, vendors, and visitors from around the world, EAA has made the difficult decision to cancel AirVenture Oshkosh 2020. This decision is also based on the uncertainty regarding large public events in Wisconsin as part of the public health orders, making it impossible to properly prepare for the event.

Since the Collegiate Volunteer Program is based on on-site AirVenture operations, we will not be able to facilitate the program this year. We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause, and we hope you will consider joining us next year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021.

Volunteer at Oshkosh!

Have the adventure of a lifetime next summer with your friends and meet new friends along the way as part of the Collegiate Volunteer Program during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, July 26-August 1. This unique program allows students to gain valuable hands-on experience while also getting a behind-the-scenes look at the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

Volunteering in the Collegiate program at AirVenture is flexible—you choose the hours and days that work best for your schedule. Before or after your volunteer shift, you’ll have full access to the site, 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.

Volunteer Benefits

You volunteer your time. We take care of the rest:

  • Admission wristbands
    • Daily wristband for volunteers logging at least four hours on a specific day
  • Complimentary camping for those volunteering at least 30 hours
  • Meals, snacks, and beverages during volunteer shifts
  • Exclusive events and activities
  • A one-time, free six-month EAA membership when you complete an application
  • The experience of a lifetime!

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

“I would recommend the EAA Collegiate Volunteer Program to anyone wanting to experience AirVenture in a new way. Whether it's your first time attending or your 21st, whether you enjoy flightline action or prefer quiet quarters, there's a job for anyone! Come experience AirVenture like never before, come volunteer!”

–Malena Modirzadeh, 2018 Collegiate Volunteer

“The Collegiate Volunteer Program is a great way to experience EAA AirVenture while also being able to volunteer and learn about what makes the event happen. It provides an opportunity for college students to attend for no cost.”

—Nate Potrafka, 2019 Collegiate Volunteer

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