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Annual Meeting Grad Staff



The Graduate Staff is an essential part of the staffing model for the Annual Meeting. Graduate Staff members will provide much of the onsite support to the Central Office Staff, the Annual Meeting Planning Team, and other Annual Meeting volunteers in delivering an excellent experience for attendees. Graduate staff members may not be able to attend educational programs, as a majority of their time will be devoted to working as meeting staff.

Graduate Staff responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Staffing conference registration
  • Assisting with conference evaluations
  • Providing front line customer service to attendees
  • Assist in onsite office operations
  • Assist in opening/closing educational programs
  • Post and remove signage
  • Distribute Annual Meeting communication as appropriate
  • Attend daily staff meetings
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Association during the meeting
  • Other duties as assigned 



The benefits are extraordinary and continue after the Annual Meeting. Graduate Staff members will:

  • Learn about conference management
  • Gain valuable professional development resources
  • Interact with inter/national officers and staff members
  • Connect with fellow graduate students
  • Meet colleagues and prospective employers
  • Have a resume critiqued by AFA professionals
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Association's operations, services and programs



To be eligible to serve on the Annual Meeting Graduate Staff an individual must:

  • Be a Graduate Member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors with a completed Annual Meeting registration (registration discount code will be provided). Note: failure to become a member and register on time could result in the position being offered to the next qualified candidate.
  • Be in their final year of their Master’s program (second year in a two year program or any student in a one year program)
  • Wear professional attire throughout the Annual Meeting.
  • Understand that they cannot participate in the Order of Omega Case Study Competition, First-Year Case Study Challenge, and the Graduate Training Track.
  • Graduate Staff members may not present or participate in Annual Meeting Advance programs.
  • Notify the Graduate Staff Volunteer Chair at the time of their application if they have applied to present educational programs through the Call for Programs.



Training will begin Monday, November 26, 2018. Please note:

  • Graduate staff members should arrive in Indianapolis, IN by 2:00 p.m. EST.
  • All graduate staff members are required to participate in the full training.
  • Graduate staff members may depart any time on Sunday, December 2, 2018.
  • Grad staff members are responsible for the cost of transportation to/from the conference hotel.



In return for Graduate Staff service, AFA will cover the following costs:

  • One complimentary Graduate Student Annual Meeting registration
  • Hotel room for November 26 - December 2, 2018. Note: room will be shared with other Graduate Staff members.
  • Dinner on Monday, November 26; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, November 27; breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the Annual Meeting.
  • The Welcome Reception, AFA/AFA Foundation Recognition Luncheon, and Closing Banquet are included as well.

Application & Selection Process

Applications were due by Monday, July 30, 2018. Please note:

  • No late applications will be accepted. No exceptions.
  • Applicant’s supervisors will be sent a link and must complete a form acknowledging they understand the time commitment.
  • Following an initial review of applications, the committee will make a recommendation to the Graduate Staff Volunteer Chair, who with the AFA Central Office, will make final decisions and offers.
  • The Central Office reserves the right to conduct reference checks and/or phone interviews to complete the selection process.
  • All candidates will be contacted by August 31, 2018 regarding their selection status.
  • If accepted, you must be a dues paying member of the Association for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.


If you have any additional questions, please contact the Graduate Staff Volunteer Chair, Emilie Dye.


Being part of the 2016 Grad Staff team was an amazing experience. I was able to learn the ins and outs of the #AFAAM and had the opportunity to build so many connections with professionals all across the country. - Amanda Wahba

Grad Staff gives you insight into the field in a way that no other graduate experience really does. It’s a great way to connect with people who are committed to continuing to strengthen fraternity/sorority life, which is so valuable in such a changing field. - Anna Fredendall

I knew I wanted to meet other student affairs graduate students, and my grad AFAmily exceeded every expectation. We had much to learn from professionals during the #AFAAM, but my fellow peers on Grad Staff taught me even more - and had fun while doing it! - Courtney Matthews

Serving on Grad Staff was a remarkable experience, especially as a member of a MGC organization. I had the unique experience of working with the AFA Foundation and got to meet some great movers and shakers in our field! - Danielle Ford

Being part of the #AFAAM Grad Staff was one of the most influential parts of my graduate experience. Not only was I able to meet with leaders in the field and gain a deeper understanding of AFA, but I made lasting connections that have given me access to a broader and meaningful professional network. - Emily Mitch

#AFAAM Grad Staff was a key part of my graduate experience. To connect with other grads across the country and form a tight bond was amazing, and learning more about AFA inspires me to keep reaching for opportunities to serve within it. I would definitely recommend this experience to future grads. 
- Hammed Sirleaf

Grad Staff is an amazing opportunity to expand your professional network, gain valuable experience in event logistics, and begin getting involved with AFA. I gained so many great memories, new connections, and a group of close colleagues who supported me through the job search throughout my second year of graduate school. I highly recommend this opportunity. - Jake Tomlin

My Grad Staff experience not only connected me to fellow graduate students who became some of my closest friends and colleagues in the field, but it allowed me to learn more about the field of fraternity/sorority life and AFA, which reinvigorated and affirmed my passion for our work. Grad Staff was a hallmark experience of graduate school and helped me be a stronger job applicant in many ways as well! - Kerry Mallett

Being part of the 2017 #AFAAM Grad Staff team was one of the most memorable and positive experiences I've had as a graduate student. I was able to create many strong connections and friendships that will last throughout my professional career in fraternity/sorority life. - Kollin Fitzpatrick 

Being on the #AFAAM Graduate Staff was the single best internship of my graduate experience. The friendships made during that week are some of my strongest to this day. - Kyle Fowler

My Grad Staff experience was beneficial for me in two ways: First, it helped prepare me to begin the job search by gaining valuable advice from the #AFAAM staff, and second it helped me gain connections with other graduate students in the field of fraternity/sorority life. These connections have lasted past the Grad Staff experience, and I have had the opportunity to reconnect with fellow Grad Staff at other conferences as well as create real friendships where we can share our joys and struggles with each other. Mishalle Marszalek

I have been so positively impacted by the support of the individuals I met as I underwent my job search in the spring 2018 semester. My fellow #AFAAM Grad Staffers and professionals have been such resources and encouragement as I applied, interviewed and selected my current full time professional role at Delta Upsilon International Fraternity. - Nicole Belinsky

Serving on the #AFAAM Grad Staff was an impactful experience for me! Beyond the connections with my fantastic co-Grad Staffers and volunteers, I loved the opportunity to engage with the larger fraternity/sorority community while learning all aspects of conference management. - Rachel DiDonna

Being on the 2015 #AFAAM Graduate Staff allowed me to meet some amazing graduate students who are making an impact in higher education. In addition, having an opportunity to learn from the brightest professionals on how I can continue to push the field forward in a positive way has allowed me to continue to explore ways to give. I will always be indebted to my time as an AFA Graduate Staff Member #RedPantsSociety4Life. - Shane Taylor

Grad Staff was one of my favorite experiences during my grad school career. I am beyond thankful for everyone I met during the conference and the knowledge that I obtained about the field. As a team, we grew extremely close and I know that we will all stay in touch throughout our professional journey. - Taylor Sevik

Through my experience on Grad Staff, I was able to develop a strong network of support as an incoming new professional and be exposed to the inner workings of such a large-scale event – allowing me to gain many transferable skills that I use every day in the work I do! I am forever thankful for this experience and highly encourage others to apply! - Vinicius Vargas

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