Volunteer Opportunities

While we are typically unable to offer financial assistance or scholarships for our off-campus events, we often need volunteers to help with greeting, ushering, or gatekeeping at these events. Volunteering requires that you commit to arriving before the event and staying for the duration of your shift. In exchange for volunteering, you are able to attend the majority of the event free of charge.

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Why volunteer with CIIS Public Programs?
As a 501(c)3 non-profit, CIIS Public Programs relies on the hands of many volunteers, working in lots of different ways to ensure our patrons have a memorable experience at our events. CIIS Public Programs is grateful to all those members of the community who have volunteered with us in the past and present. Volunteering with CIIS Public Programs offers a way to become a part of a vibrant community of arts ad ideas enthusiasts and to see great events!

What types of events require volunteers?
We usually require volunteers for our large, off-campus events only. On occasion, we will need 1 or 2 volunteers to assist with a lecture or conversation on campus, although this is not common. We do not require volunteers for workshops. If you are seeking financial assistance for a workshop, you can learn more about applying for a scholarship below.

What volunteer positions are available? 
There are number of ways that you may be asked to help as a volunteer at an event including:

  • Set-up, Breakdown & Load Out.
  • Front of House Assistance: Greeters; Ushers; Ticket Stubs.
  • Backstage Hospitality & Green Room.
  • Security: Backstage & Curtain Guards.

How many volunteers do you usually need to work an event?
While the numbers vary depending on the size and scope of the event, we usually require 10-20 volunteers, in addition to staff and crew.

How many hours are you asked to volunteer?
Volunteers are usually asked to work 1.5 hours before the event begins, up to 1 hour after the event, and at times 20 minutes during the events as needed.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?
Volunteers get to attend the event they work for free (seating subject to availability) and are invited to special volunteer events each year. In exchange for supporting our events, volunteers have the opportunity to meet other arts and ideas enthusiasts and become part of the CIIS Community.

What are some expectations of volunteers?
Volunteers are expected to represent CIIS and Public Programs by providing an excellent patron experience.

Is there a Dress Code?
Yes, Volunteers are to dress for a standard performing arts event: this means wearing black pants or black skirt, black or white shirt, and dress shoes (no jeans, sweats, or sneakers).

How do I volunteer?
To join our volunteer roster, complete the sign-up form at the top of this page. Please note that it may be a few days before we are able to process your volunteer sign-up. We are grateful for your patience and look forward to seeing you at an event!

If you have additional questions about volunteering, please email Public Programs at ciis.specialevents@gmail.com or call (415) 575-6175.

**You must have a valid email address and phone number to be added to our volunteer roster.

Scholarship Program


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Public Programs is able to offer limited scholarships to those who need it to attend our workshops and conferences. We are committed to allow as many participants as possible to attend our workshops and conferences. We can offer up to 50% scholarship off the lowest tier pricing to public participants and up to 100% scholarship for CIIS students. Individuals are eligible for one scholarship per calendar year. Scholarships are available for public participant registration only and do not apply to academic credit registration. We carefully review applications and award scholarships based on financial need and fund availability.

How to Apply?
To apply for a scholarship, send your application form to Kyle DeMedio, Senior Program Manager, at kdemedio@ciis.edu at least 10 business days prior to the start date of the program. The application will help us better understand your financial situation, why you need assistance, and how you will use the program content. We will notify you of your status within 2-3 business days. Payment for the remainder of the course, if required, is due upon acceptance.

Scholarship recipients are also required to submit a short paragraph after the workshop or conference describing their experience. Paragraphs or quotes may be used in marketing materials, although scholarship recipients can request their name not be used.

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 **Applications received within 10 business days of a program can unfortunately not be considered.

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