Volunteering at SuperComputing conference SC20 in Atlanta, GA November 2020


Undergraduate and graduate students help with the administration of the conference and have the opportunity to participate in the Students@SC program, explore the Exhibits, attend technical presentations, and develop lasting professional connections. The Student Volunteers program accepts a large number of students, both domestic and international, with the goal of welcoming new members into the HPC community.

Student volunteers perform a wide range of tasks for the SC Conference such as providing support for presenters, working the Information Booths, and staffing conference activities. Student volunteers work 15–20 hours during the conference, allowing plenty of time to engage in important educational and career-advancing activities such as tutorials, technical talks, panels, poster sessions, and workshops.


SCinet Student Volunteers

If you are interested in high performance networks and are available the week prior to the conference in addition to the week of, consider applying as a SCinet Student Volunteer.

In addition to the general Student Volunteers program, approximately 20 students are selected to work alongside professionals from educational institutions, HPC centers, network equipment vendors, national laboratories, research institutions, research networks, and telecommunications carriers to build and operate SCinet. These students arrive at the convention center one week prior to the conference to set up the network, and stay a day after the conference ends to perform teardown tasks.

Student volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with various SCinet teams, including fiber, network security, routing, and communications.


Applications Open
February 10, 2020

Applications Close
June 5, 2020

Notifications Sent
July 13, 2020

Application Components

All application components are submitted through the SC submissions website.

  • Background information
  • Conference motivation statement
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or other department personnel
  • Student Travel Funding Commitment (STFC) form
    The STFC must be completed by the student’s institution, organization, or internship program unless the student plans to provide their own travel to the conference and is not requesting a travel grant. The STFC verifies the organization’s commitment or inability to provide funding for the student. If the organization is unable to provide complete funding for the student, the student may apply for travel support from the conference and/or find alternate funding sources. If you are unsure of who should complete the STFC, check with your advisor, department head, or other college faculty. If you still have questions about the STFC, check out our FAQ or contact the Student Volunteers Committee.