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Student Volunteers Needed for SIOP 2020

SIOP is always looking for opportunities to get students more involved, and volunteering at the SIOP Annual Conference can be a great first step. SIOP volunteers have the opportunity to network with fellow students and professionals, make some extra spending cash for the conference, and contribute to the success of the conference overall. 

If you are a SIOP Student Affiliate and would like to assist with the SIOP 2020 conference in Austin, indicate your interest in volunteering when you register online for the conference. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, and the roles are described below.

Volunteers will be needed beginning Tuesday, April 21st through Saturday afternoon, April 25th. Each volunteer will be assigned a total of four hours, spread over one or two time slots. Upon completion you will receive a $60.00 prepaid cash card for your time. Riza Leak (yazir10@gmail.com), Volunteer Coordinator, organizes the volunteers and will contact each selected volunteer prior to the conference regarding their assignment.

Student affiliates selected to volunteer should check-in with Riza before their shift. This does NOT apply to Placement Center, Open Plenary, or Fun Run. Volunteers should receive their t-shirt from Riza before their shift. After volunteers have completed their shift, they can visit the Hospitality Desk area to collect their gift card. A student volunteer will be able to hand them out on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00am - 12:00pm and Friday from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Volunteer Role Descriptions

Card Distribution

Opening Plenary

Friday Seminar

Placement Center

Fun Run

Receptions

Hospitality Desk

Registration

Information Signs

Translator


Card Distribution

Volunteers for the SIOP Annual Conference are compensated with prepaid cash cards. The Card Distribution Volunteer will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in handing out the cards during designated times and days. It is imperative that the volunteer be able to verify that the volunteer receiving the card has served their 4 hour shift prior to being issued the card, as well as that good track be kept of those who have received and those who are still owed cards.

This volunteer role involves standing, sitting, and talking. Accommodations can be made. There are no specific dress requirements. Work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator to determine reporting and full duties of assignment.
 

Friday Seminar

There are six Friday Seminars at the SIOP Annual Conference, which are 3 hour educational sessions requiring additional preregistration and fee. Friday Seminar details can be found at on our Friday Seminars page. Each Friday Seminar offers continuing education credit to psychologists and HR professionals. Volunteers should become familiar with the continuing education policies and procedures here and in the Conference News onsite publication prior to their shift, but are not expected to become experts on the matter.

These volunteers will sit or stand at a table outside the session room and ask those who enter the room if they are seeking continuing education credit. They will encourage those who do need credit to sign the attendance form and will remind them to return to the desk to sign out after the session. When the volunteer’s shift ends, they should secure the attendance sheets inside the room and give them to the Friday Seminar Coordinator, who can then give the sheets back to the next volunteer who arrives for the end of the seminar to administer the sign-out process. If the session has ended, the volunteer should take the completed sheets to registration.

The Friday Seminar volunteers may work shifts that bridge the end of one seminar and the start of the next seminar. It is recommended that the volunteer email the coordinator(s) pre event of the seminars at which they will be volunteering to introduce themselves (names on our Friday Seminar page)

This role involves standing, sitting, and talking. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. 


Fun Run

The 29th Annual Frank Landy 5K Fun Run will take place in the area surrounding the JW Marriot Austin. 

Volunteers for the Fun Run will assist as needed, under the direction of Liberty Munson, SIOP Race Coordinator. It is recommended that volunteers reach out to Liberty pre event to introduce themselves and inquire on further details.

This role involves standing, walking, and talking. Accommodations can be made. Dress is comfortable for the outdoors given the day’s weather forecast and in consideration of the physical nature of the event. Report in the morning to the race starting line (location to be determined), unless otherwise directed by the Race Coordinator.


Hospitality Desk

The Hospitality Desk is a catch-all spot, located near the registration desk, for registrant materials for particular groups of attendees, for instance, conference t-shirt pickup, badge ribbon selection, etc.

Please review the description below for Registration volunteers, as many of the same duties and details apply.
 

Information Signs

SIOP volunteers are a source of information. The conference hotel has multiple levels, and as such, volunteers will be strategically placed around the conference hotel to offer information to attendees. The volunteers do not need to know the ins and outs of the hotel, but will keep a conference map and schedule with them to assist with questions.

The SIOP Administrative Office will prepare a “cheat sheet” for this volunteer role to give further guidance (PDF entitled “Registration and Hospitality Desk Volunteer Cheat Sheet”). Information Signs volunteers should familiarize themselves with the layout of the event venue and the conference materials such as the printed program and program summary, so as to be prepared for their role.

The Information Signs volunteer role involves standing, sitting, and talking. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. Report to the Hospitality Desk, Level 2, Griffin Hallway,  for assignment and materials.
 

Opening Plenary

The Opening Plenary is the first session of the SIOP Annual Conference and, as such, needs to go off without a hitch to ensure a positive start to the event. Volunteers for the Opening Plenary session will assist by demarcating reserved seating for SIOP VIPs as well as preparing the awards brochures for distribution. They will also greet attendees as they arrive and provide general assistance to attendees and SIOP staff as needed.

The Opening Plenary volunteer role involves standing, walking, talking, and some lifting. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. Report directly to the Opening Plenary in Grand Ballroom, Level 4.


Placement Center

The Placement Center is a space at the SIOP Annual Conference that provides those who have registered for it as job seekers or employers the opportunity to meet for in-person interviews. There are also computers available for individuals to upload resumes, check job postings, etc. A helpful FAQ can be found here.

Volunteers assist the Placement Center Committee in checking in Placement Center users, facilitating the meet-up of scheduled interviewers/interviewees, and monitoring the use of the computers in order to report any AV troubles.

The Placement Center volunteer role involves standing, sitting, and talking. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. Report directly to the Placement Center in the J.W. Marriot Austin Hotel.
 

Receptions

The SIOP Annual Conference offers multiple networking/socializing opportunities for attendees. There are two receptions that volunteers assist with: Newcomer Reception (Wednesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm) and Foundation Reception (Wednesday 8:00pm - 10:00pm). Volunteers will be assigned specific duties upon arrival. This may include helping to set-up reception, greeting attendees, handing out information, and providing general assistance to attendees and SIOP staff as needed.

The Receptions volunteer role involves standing, walking, talking, and some lifting. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. Report directly to the Reception in n the J.W. Marriot Austin Hotel.

Registration

SIOP registration desk volunteers often provide the first onsite impression of the SIOP Annual Conference for a conference registrant and, as such, professionalism, friendliness, and helpfulness are of utmost importance. Registration volunteers welcome attendees and assist with distribution of registration materials including badges, badge holders and lanyards, attendee bags, programs, program summaries, and Conference News publications. Volunteers may be asked to restock registrant materials or assist with other related duties.

Registration volunteers also frequently field questions from attendees pertaining to dates, times, and locations of conference events and other meeting logistics. There are conference information notebooks at the volunteers’ disposal to provide answers, and there will nearly always be a SIOP Administrative Office staff member on hand at registration or nearby in the event that a registration volunteer cannot find the answer to a question they have been asked.

The SIOP Administrative Office will prepare a “cheat sheet” for this volunteer role to give further guidance (PDF entitled “Registration and Hospitality Desk Volunteer Cheat Sheet”). We also request that Registration volunteers familiarize themselves with the layout of the event venue and the conference materials such as the printed program and program summary, so as to be prepared for their role.

The Registration volunteer role involves standing, sitting, talking, and some lifting. Accommodations can be made. Dress is business casual. Report to the Hospitality Desk, Level 2, Griffin Hallway.


Translator

Individuals from more than 40 countries around the world attend the SIOP Annual Conference. As such, there is the possibility that one or more attendees may have difficulty communicating in English. Translator volunteers will serve in an on-call capacity, indicating a willingness to be contacted by SIOP staff or volunteers via phone, text, or email when there is an attendee seeking help at the registration desk who may need communications assistance.

Translator volunteers should have a working knowledge of both English and one or more other languages. The volunteer agrees to come greet the attendee and communicate with him or her in the preferred language, helping the attendee through the registration process and with general questions regarding navigating and participating in the conference. Volunteers would be of great help to provide the attendee with their phone or email contact for additional follow-up if the attendee needs it, but volunteers are not expected to become an official interpreter for the attendee for the duration of the conference.

Because the demand for this role will be very low, individuals offering to be a Translator must also serve a regular 4 hour shift in another volunteer capacity. Should the Translator be called to action and end up investing a noteworthy amount of time assisting an attendee in this capacity the Volunteer Coordinator may consider additional compensation possibilities.

This role involves communicating in a language other than English. A Translator will be contacted only in the event that an attendee needs assistance and cannot easily be communicated with in English.