Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) Student Volunteers

  • Thank you for your interest in volunteering at CSM 2014. The CSM student volunteer program has reached capacity and is now closed. Volunteers will be notified of their acceptance in October and must register for CSM by the early-bird deadline, November 6, 2013.

    CSM 2014

    CSM is being held Monday, February 3 – Thursday, February 6, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Volunteer Responsibilities and Considerations

    Responsibilities for CSM student volunteers, may include:

    • Scanning conference badges as attendees enter education sessions.
    • Monitoring rooms and room capacity.
    • Assisting APTA staff with navigating/helping attendees through the Venetian and Sands Expo Center.

    Time Commitment

    • Volunteers must attend a quick and painless one hour training meeting – taking place on Monday, February 3 from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at the Venetian.
    • Volunteer hours will run from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, beginning on Tuesday, February 4 and ending Thursday, February 6 – all three days of conference.
    • Each day will consist of three-four shifts lasting roughly 1-2 hours each.

    Participation During CSM

    • Student volunteers will have time to attend sessions while volunteering, however they will be late to each session due to scanning badges. Once the designated scanning shift is over, volunteers can attend programming.
    • Volunteers will also have time during unopposed hours to explore the Exhibit Hall.

    Volunteer Benefits

    • APTA will reimburse volunteers for their early bird registration fee, $200. That means you get to attend the conference for FREE!**
    • Volunteers receive a free CSM volunteer conference t-shirt.
    • Volunteers have the ability to network with 12,000 attendees - PT, PTAs, and students from all over the world.
    • Volunteers learn more about what APTA and your profession have to offer.

    **Max reimbursement for each individual student is the Early Bird price of $200.

    Volunteer Requirements Submission and Information

    • Volunteers must be current APTA student members. If you aren't a current APTA member,join now! The cost savings of attending CSM pays for your membership and then some!
    • Volunteers will be notified of their acceptance in October.
    • Once the acceptance notification is received, volunteers must register for CSM 2014 BEFORE the Early Bird deadline, which is mid-November! Register now.

    A Word From Past CSM Student Volunteers

    Serving as an usher for APTA's Annual Conference and Exposition in June 2011, was such an AWESOME experience!!! It brought networking right to my fingertips and allowed me to meet and develop meaningful relationships with students and PTs from all across the country. As an usher, I had the wonderful experience of attending seminars that at first glance I may not have immediately elected to attend. They not only broadened and expanded my knowledge of physical therapy, but also made me appreciate the many ways in which physical therapists are making a difference. Being an usher fueled my drive to get more actively involved within APTA and the Student Assembly. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the Combined Sections Meeting 2013.
    ~ Chukwuemeka Nwigwe, Nominating Committee, APTA Student Assembly
    UMDNJ-SHRP and Rutgers, Graduate School at Camden DPT 2012

    Volunteering for the APTA has greatly enriched my PT education by introducing me to the physical therapy world on a national level. I served as a student usher at the 2011 APTA National Conference in National Harbor, MD, June 2011. As an usher, I provided assistance to the conference attendees and had the chance to network with leaders in the industry and observe several educational seminars. Additionally, I was able to meet many other physical therapy students from across the country. It was truly an honor to be there and an amazing experience!
    ~ Sheila Terrones, SPT
    University of Michigan - Flint, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
    DPT Club Vice President
    MPTA Student Relations Committee, Conference Registration and Volunteer Chair