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Volunteer

Every year, thousands of individuals contribute their time and energy to Society for Science & the Public education programs — as judges, interpreters, and event volunteers. Through generous donation of their own time, our volunteers help us inform, educate, and inspire.

Find volunteer opportunities at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Volunteers also help each year in their own neighborhood at Society-affiliated fairs around the U.S. and the world. We encourage interested individuals to seek out the science fair located in your region, state, territory, and/or country and volunteer your support and expertise to foster the development of young scientists and engineers around the world. Find Society-affiliated fairs.

Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups.

Janet Waldeck (right) at the Society's Research Teachers Conference in 2016.
Janet Waldeck (right) at the Society's Research Teachers Conference in 2016.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC.
Intel ISEF is extremely well-run and entirely about children and their future. Where else can one meet the next generation of STEM leaders?
Janet Waldeck, science teacher and Society volunteer
Leticia Aceret volunteered as a simultaneous interpreter at Intel ISEF.
Leticia Aceret volunteered as a simultaneous interpreter at Intel ISEF.
Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.

GENERAL VOLUNTEERS: More than 500 volunteers across a spectrum of activities are needed during Intel ISEF. Volunteer opportunities are available in a range of shifts.

JUDGES: More than 1,000 judges are needed in 22 scientific disciplines. Student finalists overwhelmingly say that the most significant interactions they have at the fair are with the judges. Likewise, judges find their discussions with these outstanding students to be a positive and uplifting experience. The objective evaluation of projects by Grand Awards Judges is the most important aspect of the fair and determines the distribution of millions of dollars in prizes, awards, and scholarships. Apply to judge at Intel ISEF 2018.

INTERPRETERS: Approximately 200 interpreters are needed to work with students in conversational or scientifically-informed interpretation. Greatest demand is for Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin, but there is need for over a dozen languages.