ASHA Convention Student Volunteers

We’re preparing for all scenarios this coming year and are planning the 2021 ASHA Convention as a hybrid in-person/virtual event. We are taking some extra time to define what student volunteer roles may be for both a modified, in-person event and a virtual event. The assignments described below are tentative and subject to change. We appreciate your patience—the application will be available in Summer, 2021.

Student volunteers assist in various roles during the ASHA Convention. As a student volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with your peers and ASHA members.

Assignments include activities such as:

  • Monitoring session rooms
  • Disseminating information at registration, information, and materials pickup stations
  • Managing crowds and lines
  • Providing support in the speaker ready room and print-on-demand stations
  • Helping during special events such as the ASHA Awards Ceremony
  • Tracking traffic in the Exhibit Hall
  • Collecting tickets
  • Providing defined assistance for attendees with special needs


Candidates must:

  • Be full-time undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Be available and able to work a 10–12 hour shift (one full day) during the 2021 ASHA Convention, as scheduled.
  • Attend one orientation meeting prior to their work assignment (this meeting will depend on the student's scheduled work day). Orientation sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 17, and Thursday, November 18.
  • Be willing to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment. Some jobs require spending extended periods of time on your feet.
  • Be confident, flexible, and professional.
  • If accepted, register for the Convention and work as scheduled. Student volunteers will be reimbursed for the NSSLHA/ASHA Grad Student Member registration rate. Credit card refunds will be issued to student volunteers in 2–4 weeks following the Convention.

NSSLHA Membership

If you are accepted as a student volunteer, you will need to register for the ASHA Convention. To receive a full refund of your Convention registration at the NSSLHA/ASHA Grad Student Member rate, you must be a National NSSLHA member. NSSLHA members receive a reduced registration fee for the ASHA Convention. If you are not yet a National NSSLHA member, you may apply for membership before registering for the ASHA Convention. ASHA's Convention registration and housing reservation service for the 2021 Convention will open in August.

Student Volunteers Receive

  • Credit card refunds for the NSSLHA/ASHA Grad Student Member registration rate (in 2–4 weeks following the Convention, upon completion of work assignment)
  • A special ASHA volunteer T-shirt
  • Access to sessions that you monitor during your working period
  • The opportunity to meet and network with your peers and ASHA members

Note: Although the cost of your registration is refunded post-Convention for your work, you are responsible for any travel and lodging. Be sure to take these costs into account when you apply to be a student volunteer. ASHA Convention attendees may take advantage of discounts on flights.

How to Apply

The application for student volunteers will be available in summer 2021.


Please contact if you have questions about volunteering.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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Non-Member: 800-638-8255

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