The PLDI 2016 Program for Student Volunteers gives full- or part-time university students from around the world the opportunity to attend and contribute to a premier forum for all areas of programming language research, including the design, implementation, theory, and efficient use of languages. As a PLDI 2016 Student Volunteer, you will interact closely with researchers, academics and practitioners from various disciplines and meet other students from around the world.

PLDI is pleased to offer a number of opportunities for student volunteers, who are vital to the efficient operation and continued success of the conference each year. The student volunteer program is a chance for students from around the world to participate in the conferences whilst assisting us in preparing and running the event.

Job assignments for student volunteers include assisting with technical sessions, workshops, tutorials and panels, checking badges at doors, operating the information desk, helping with traffic flow, and general assistance to keep the conferences running smoothly.

In return, volunteers are granted free registration to the conferences, tutorials, workshops, and panels.


Applicants can be undergraduate, Master’s, Ph.D. full- or part-time students, of computer science or related fields.


Applicants must be available for at least five (5) full days between the 13th and 17th of June, and will be expected to provide 15 hours of volunteering work in that time. Priority is given to students who are co-authors of papers at PLDI or any co-located workshop, tutorials, etc.


A Complimentary Conference Registration, offering access to all open PLDI sessions (i.e., parallel paper presentations, demonstrations, and workshops) and conference proceedings. Free lunches and refreshments during breaks. Free access to the Student Research Competition poster reception Student volunteer apparel. Please note that PLDI 2016 Student Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, Student Volunteers can apply for extra funding from the NSF and PAC funding when eligible.

About Volunteering

The skills, talents and dedication of the Student Volunteers contribute to the overall quality of the Conference. The Student Volunteer role involves a range of duties, including, but not limited to: Providing assistance to the Conference management and secretariat staff. Helping and directing other Conference participants. Contributing to the overall smooth running of the Conference functions and social events. This also includes assisting during presentations and poster sessions as well as manning the information and registration desks.


A Student Volunteer should:

  • Be enthusiastic and highly motivated, with strong interpersonal skills,

  • Be fluent in English, which is the language of the conference,

  • Be reliable, punctual and organized,

  • Be a self-starter.

How to Apply

To be considered as a Student Volunteer for PLDI, fill the application form Apply here

The applications and acceptations will be done in two phase:

1st deadline for application: April 7th, 2016 at 23:59 PST.

2nd deadline for application: May 9th, 2016 at 23:59 PST.

Acceptance Notification

All applications received by the deadline will be reviewed and volunteers selected will be notified by:

1st notification: April 15th, 2016.

2nd notification: May 16th, 2016

Priority will be given to the 1st applications. Applications received later may be considered depending on need, but will not be given priority.


If you have any questions, please send them via email to Student Volunteers Chair, Ben Hardekopf, at

We are looking forward to receiving your application and seeing you at PLDI 2016!