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APPAM Volunteer Opportunities


APPAM Volunteer Opportunities and Resources

Looking to get involved with APPAM but don't know where to start? Serving as a volunteer for APPAM is a great way to grow professionally, build relationships with peers across the country and develop leadership skills. With so many high-quality proposals to review, committees to oversee, and expert content to deliver, we rely on help from our community to keep our conferences and content top-notch and running smoothly. 

The opportunities below are split into two categories: Fall Conference and General Opportunities. Please note that these opportunities are ordered by the date the form closes as this page will be regularly updated. If you do NOT see a link, the form has not yet been opened. Reviewers will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and signing up for the below opportunities does not guarantee participation.

Please note that these forms are open year round. Be sure to check specific dates on the relevant volunteer form. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering and we hope to work with you soon!

Questions? Please email

Fall Conference Volunteer Opportunities Dates of Service
Program Committee Chairs & Reviewers Spring & Summer 2024
Session Chairs & Discussants November 2024
Onsite Logistics November 2024
Onsite Poster Judges November 2024


General Volunteer Opportunities Dates of Service
Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Reviewers July 2024
PhD Dissertation Award Reviewers August 2024
Mentors Fall 2024
Webinars Year Round


Fall Conference Volunteer Opportunities

Program Committee Chairs & Reviewers

Each year, APPAM receives over 2,000 proposals for the Fall Conference. We need volunteers to review each proposal in a timely manner and take into careful consideration the conference theme, policy area relevance, and more. 

Chairs: Each policy area has one to three assigned chairs to lead the review team. These individuals are responsible for communicating deadlines, review structure, and making the final recommendations to the President-Elect. This role is more time consuming than the reviewer because you must take reviewer scores into consideration in order to rank their recommended sessions and posters, build panels from single papers, then fill session chairs and discussants for these new panels.

Reviewers: Reviewers will be assigned a set number of submissions to review and grade on a five criteria, in addition to providing comments that will help guide the policy area chairs in their final recommendations. The number of submissions depends on the size of the policy area and the number of reviewers for that year. 

Time Commitment: 

  • Chairs: 10 hours in Spring & Summer 2024
  • Reviewers: 2-5 hours in April - May 2024


Session Chairs & Discussants

Chairs are crucial to sessions. They monitor paper progress before the meetings and encourage timely distribution of session papers to all discussant(s). Discussants play a critical role in providing feedback and encouraging audience participation in the session. Volunteers are needed for these integral roles at our 2024 Fall Research Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. 

Time Commitment: 

  • Chairs - 3 hours per session in November 2024
  • Discussants - 5 hours per session in November 2024, dependent on how many papers and discussants are in your assigned session

#2024APPAM session sign-ups will begin in late August 2024.

Onsite Logistics

This role may include greeting and assisting attendees at registration, replenishing conference supplies, providing directional and line management assistance, conducting session room headcounts, and other duties as assigned. Registration is free for student volunteers who complete 4 hours of service and are active APPAM members.

Time Commitment: 4 hours scattered throughout the conference in November 2024 in National Harbor, Maryland.


Onsite Poster Judges

At poster sessions, presenters will be asked to discuss their work and answer questions during each poster session. A first, second, and third pace winner will be selected from the presenters each day. Judges are needed onsite to review the appearance, content and in-person presentation of the poster sessions. 

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours on Friday, November 22 or Saturday, November 23, 2024 in National Harbor, Maryland


General Volunteer Opportunities


Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Reviewers

Review applications for the 2024 studentyoung professional, and undergraduate cohorts. Volunteers would need to review CV's, letters of recommendation.

This form is currently for the 2024 cohort and the review will take place in summer 2024.

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per reviewer


PhD Dissertation Award Reviewers

The purpose of this award is to recognize emergent scholars in the field by presenting an award for the best PhD dissertation in public policy and management. Volunteers are needed to review nominations and choose the the 2023 award recipient.

This form is currently for the 2024 cohort and the review will take place in summer 2024.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours in late July to late August


APPAM Mentors

The APPAM Mentor Matching Program began in 2016 by the APPAM Student Activities Committee as a means to better serve the APPAM student member population. What started out as an informal speed mentoring program has now grown to dozens of one-on-one mentor/mentee pairings between policy academics, researchers, and practitioners and student members. We encourage both students and professional members in the program to connect and expand their professional networks throughout the year and beyond.

2024 mentor applications will open in spring 2024, with mentee applications opening in summer 2024. Questions? Email 

Time Commitment: 5 hours throughout the year, with an in-person meeting in November 2024.

Webinar Proposals

APPAM is looking for member-generated content! The webinars, hosted by APPAM, range from topical policy issues, career development, to ways to make the most out of your APPAM membership. Present a webinar or be featured on a podcast with experts to discuss your research or policy expertise.

Time Commitment: 1-2 hours



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