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Volunteer at the 2019 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Ascend National Convention & Career Fair.

Why Volunteer?

Ascend prides itself on offering volunteers the opportunity to network, receive quality education, and interact with mentors and seasoned executives throughout the convention. Peer-to-peer contact and working together as a team allows you to develop your communication, business and leadership skills.

Volunteer Roles

Convention volunteers play a big part in the success and coordination of the event. Volunteers will have the following roles:

  • Prep and Setup: Help assemble convention bags, assist with setting up signage and other prep duties.
  • Registration: Greet attendees, process badges, hand out convention programs, hand out convention bags, answer questions.
  • Invite Only Session Check In: Manage access to invitation only events by checking in guests and politely declining those that may not enter.
  • Greeters/Wayfinders: Serve as a source of information for convention attendees and assist with directing guests from room to room between sessions.
  • Session Monitors: Welcome guests, take headcounts, provide timing cues, assist with Q&A.
  • Ushers: Guide attendees to take seats so plenaries and meal functions can begin on time. Help those with reserved seats find them.
  • CPE Scanners: For CPE eligible sessions, scan attendees badges on their way in and out of the session so they can receive credit.
  • Resume Coaching Line Management: Manage the lines; Help coaches keep track of time with each participant.
  • Interview Booth Management: Assist recruiters in finding available Interview Booths.
  • Concierge/Customer Service: Provide VIP-level service to speakers and press alongside professional convention management staff.

How long is a volunteer shift?

A typical volunteer shift is 5.5 hours. As a volunteer, you can choose to complete one shift or multiple shifts throughout the convention. We will work with you to determine the best shifts based on your availability.

What are the volunteer perks?

  • Opportunity to attend other sessions on the day of your volunteer shift for free (with the exception of “invitation only” sessions, sponsored luncheons, and the Awards Dinner). Daily pass purchase required to be eligible for refund. Please email to register.
  • Opportunity to receive a 50% refund on registration after working at least (2) shifts
  • Designated volunteer break room with refreshments
  • A volunteer shirt


Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.

Volunteer Training

Volunteers will participate in a mandatory pre-convention conference call, and receive detailed guidance on their roles. Our Volunteer Manager will communicate regularly to make sure that you are fully prepared to have an enjoyable experience and provide high- level service to convention attendees.

Convention Information

The 2019 Ascend Convention & Career Fair is taking place August 24 - 26 at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009). Student Programming will take place on Friday, August 23rd prior to the start of the convention on August 24th.

For the most up to date convention information, please visit our website:

Commit to be a Convention Volunteer Today!

Ready to join our Volunteer Team? Please complete the Volunteer Information Form

Your response is requested by August 9, 2019 to ensure that we have adequate time to schedule assignments and provide you with appropriate briefing materials.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Convention Management Office at or (202) 759-5794.

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