Student Host Program

The Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo provides several networking events and educational sessions targeted to student members. To encourage student attendance, approximately 150 student members from all states or internationally will have the opportunity to serve as FNCE® Student Hosts.

All Student Hosts are required to register in advance of FNCE® at a substantially reduced rate of $35 in exchange for providing event assistance and seven to nine hours of volunteer service during the conference. Those who are declined as a Student Host will receive the early bird registration discount. If applicants do not meet all Student Host requirements, your application will automatically be denied. This policy was implemented in 2016 in order to ensure students complete all assignments.

Application Process

  • Complete and submit the online application.
    Please Note: The call for Student Hosts will not open until August 1, 2020.
  • All applications must be submitted by August 17, 2020

Selection Process

Approximately 150 Student Hosts will be randomly selected from all states or internationally.

Student Host Application Requirements

To become a student host or receive early bird registration pending denial, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time for the fall 2020 semester in an approved pre-professional curriculum or graduate program.

  • Be a student member of the Academy in 2020-2021 (Membership will be verified by us during the first week of September after membership renewals).
  • Be able to volunteer starting Thursday morning prior to FNCE® through the conclusion of FNCE® Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m. Eastern time). Only one of these randomized days will be required to work.
August 1 Call for 2020 FNCE® Student Hosts Opens
August 17 Deadline to Submit Student Host Applications
September 1 Email Notifications of Student Hosts Acceptance and Non-acceptance are Sent
October 17-20 2020 FNCE® – Indianapolis, Ind.
FNCE Student Host

Important: Do not register for FNCE® until you have received an acceptance or non-acceptance letter. The Academy does not cover travel, incidental or lodging expenses.

At previous conferences, Student Host volunteer assignment consisted of but were not limited to:

  • Registration – Assisting in the preparation of registration materials or assisting with registration lines, including unpacking and stuffing of attendee registration badges (business casual attire).
  • Foundation Booth – Assisting at the Foundation booth and Gala set up (business casual attire).
  • House of Delegates – Students will act as scribes by taking notes of the table dialogues occurring at the Fall HOD Meeting (business casual attire).
  • Mother’s Room – Students are needed to welcome and greet moms (and babies), assign them to a private pumping/feeding location, and help with storage of pump and breast milk. Students will also survey moms upon leaving to ensure that they had a positive experience (business casual attire).
  • Additional volunteer opportunities may also include – Assisting Academy staff in the Speaker Ready Room, Information Center, Bookstore or any assignments as needed (business casual attire).

For questions, contact Susan Baron at