• Volunteer

    Without volunteers, there is no AX. The lifeblood of the AX community, volunteers work throughout the year to make Anime Expo possible!

Would you like to be a hero?

Everybody has a superpower. It could be anything from making the perfect Masquerade to providing Information Services to being the Registration volunteer who hands someone a badge to indescribable wonder. There are over 60 departments coming together to make AX. What's your superpower?

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Attendee Volunteer

  • 4 Hours

    One (1) 1-Day badge

  • 8 Hours

    Two (2) 1-Day badges

  • 12 Hours

    Three (3) 1-Day badges plus swag

  • 16 Hours

    Four (4) 1-Day badges plus swag and raffle

AX Volunteer

  • 40+ Hours

    Swag, housing, food provision, complimentary badge for friend or family (not transferable to the next year), and leadership opportunities

Attendee Volunteers can be assigned to any AX Department that needs assistance during the convention. They are the ninjas who are deployed out to save the day wherever the need arises. To apply, please visit our online application. Please make sure to specify that you are interested in being an Attendee Volunteer by selecting "Attendee Volunteer" under the question asking "Are you interested in applying for a specific department?" Once your application is submitted, you will be added to the mailing list and receive further information on joining the Attendee Volunteers.


  • Minimum of 4-hour commitment (Maximum of 8 hours/day).
  • Must be at least 18 years old by July 1, 2019.
  • Adhere to all SPJA volunteer policies/guidelines.
  • Complete the Volunteer Application
  • Complete the volunteer required fields (emergency contact, etc...) in the Volunteer Shiftboard profile.
  • Complete the volunteer forms
  • Complete the Youth Protection Policy (YPP) courses.
  • Complete volunteer background check.


  • 1-day badge for AX 2019 for every 4 hours of volunteering. (This badge is transferable to friends or family) A maximum of four badges can be earned this way.
  • Exemplary volunteers may also be chosen to receive other extra goodies such as a t-shirt, badge for the following year, or other cool prizes.
  • Resume and experience building.
  • Behind the scenes look at how conventions are run.

NOTE: When applying please select “Attendee Volunteer” under the field that reads “Are you applying for a specific department?”
NOTE: Attendee Volunteers who have already purchased a badge are subject to the same badge refund policies as general attendees.

AX Volunteers are more involved in the planning stages before Anime Expo, as well as the daily operations during Anime Expo. There are more work requirements for AX Volunteers, but there are also more perks, including, but not limited to food and housing provisions during the convention. AX Volunteers are assigned to specific departments ranging from less than ten volunteers in a department to departments three hundred strong.


  • Must be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2019. All volunteers must be 18 before beginning any volunteer work or training.
  • Must have a minimum of 40-hour commitment scheduled (may include both pre-con and at-con hours).
  • Must be available for all of Anime Expo from July 3 – July 9, 2019. Some department may begin earlier and require people come on site earlier.
  • Complete department-specific training and requirements.
  • Adhere to all SPJA volunteer policies/guidelines.
  • Complete the Volunteer Shiftboard Application.
  • Complete Volunteer Shiftboard Profile Required Fields.
  • Upload proper identification photo to Shiftboard Profile.
  • Complete Youth Protection Policy (YPP) courses.
  • Complete all volunteer forms.
  • Complete volunteer background check.


  • Becoming a part of the close-knit community of fans and friends.
  • AX Volunteer-exclusive gear.
  • Resume and experience building.
  • Behind the scenes look at how conventions are run.
  • Basic food provisions during the convention.
  • Volunteer-specific lodging during the convention.
  • Leadership opportunities
  • 60+ departments to choose from
  • No badge purchase necessary.
  • Parking provided for volunteers who carpool with at least two other volunteers.

Upcoming Events

Various events are held throughout to year to support our community of current volunteers and to provide the opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering to meet current volunteers and/or volunteer department managers to ask questions or learn more.

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