Graduate Staff

The Western History Association is seeking volunteers to work as Graduate Staff Members for its 58th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Graduate Staff Members should be motivated, hard working, graduate students.


WHA Conference Staff enjoying a break (and a view!) at the 2017 Conference in San Diego, CA. 

Graduate Staff Member Benefits

Graduate Staff Members will have the invaluable opportunity of networking with many experienced scholars in the field of western history. They will begin to form their own generational network of connections with their peer graduate student colleagues. Working as a Graduate Staff Member gives you access to dozens of conference sessions as well. Graduate Staff Members are a vital part of the conference's functionality and through this work experience they will improve on management and leadership skills.


Benefits are measured on a scale. The more hours you work, the more benefits you will receive. 

4 hours = Free Registration
6 hours = Free Registration and Graduate Student Reception
8 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception
10 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 1 meal
12 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 3 meals
20 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Banquet, Shared Hotel Room
35 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 5 meals, Awards Banquet, Shared Hotel Room, 1 year student membership. 


Work Requirements

All Graduate Staff Members will use the app When I Work to view their schedules and to communicate with the Executive Assistant during the conference. 

Graduate Staff Members will not be able to alter their work schedules after October 16, 2018. Please make sure you communicate your requests with Leah Cargin before that date.

Graduate Staff Members who meet the work requirements will receive a shared hotel room. 

The Graduate Staff Member dress code is at a minimum business casual.

Schedule

Graduate Staff Members can work shifts from October 16, 2018 - October 20, 2018. Graduate Staff Members who are located near the WHA Office in Omaha, NE may have the opportunity to work shifts before the conference. 

More details will be announced upon program completion.

Shift Types

A/V
Registration Desk
Registration Desk Set-Up
Registration Desk Tear-Down
Ticket Taking
Session Counting

Application

Please submit a CV, three references, and a cover letter which includes your answers to the below questions to the WHA Office. Please combine all of your submission materials into one PDF file. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are submitted, please do not postpone applying as volunteer positions may run out. 
  • Explain how your work experiences translate into being a Graduate Staff Member.
  • Write about a time when you had to work under pressure. How were you able to maintain a positive attitude?
  • What are two of your academic, professional, or personal goals for attending the 2018 conference? 
  • Please share any additional information that you feel may strengthen your application.

Submit applications and questions to Leah Cargin at westernhistoryassociation@gmail.com


Sponsors and Partners


The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Western History Association | University of Nebraska at Omaha | Department of History | 6001 Dodge Street | Omaha, NE 68182 | 

| (402) 554-5999 | westernhistoryassociation@gmail.com


The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.