Be the IAC23 Student Co-Chair
The 2023 IAC conference (IAC) is looking for a student co-chair. This page describes the role and responsibilities. We welcome all types of students. If after reviewing this page, you are interested in being the IAC23 Student Co-Chair please apply using the form towards the end of this page.
The IAC conference is the leading gathering for academics and practitioners of information architecture. Since 2000, our community of information architects, user experience designers and researchers, content strategists, and engineers have met to learn about and discuss the intentional design of rich information environments.
A dedicated team of volunteers from the IA community, along with Kunverj, a conference planning organization, produce the is annual conference. The IAC is organized and managed by a team of co-chairs, composed of three professionals and one student. The student co-chair is expected to devote 5-8 hours per week to the IAC during the academic school year leading up to the event, and to be in attendance during the week of the pre-conference and conference. Active months are October through April.
Student Co-Chair Responsibilities
Our student co-chair program supports our community goals to:
- foster engagement with students from diverse backgrounds
- promote information architecture as a discipline to students, career shifters, and emerging professionals
- facilitate professional development to produce future leaders for the IAC and the broader practice of information architecture
The student co-chair is expected to:
- serve as a representative of student perspectives, ensuring they are reflected in conference planning and program curation
- establish liaison relationships with their own and other academic programs to promote and encourage sponsorship and subsidies for student attendance to the conference
- serve as an ambassador, encouraging student participation and welcoming students who engage with the event
- support the overall conference by:
- reviewing website content, supporting overall conference planning and
- career Center & Mentoring Directors (with Experience and Content Co-Chairs)
- scholarship Coordinator (with Experience and Content Co-Chairs)
- additional Student Volunteers as identified
Benefits of Participation*
- mentorship from industry professionals
- conference planning experience
- networking opportunities
- infinite IA Street Cred
- full IAC23 conference registration fee covered
- transportation to New Orleans including round trip economy airfare (or equivalent transportation) and hotel stay during conference
*This is a volunteer, non-compensated position.
Our Ideal Candidate is:
- a proactive, proven leader
- passionate about information architecture
- currently studying in a relevant field – We welcome applicants from a wide range of study disciplines, including traditional fields such as information architecture, user experience, library science, technical writing, and human-computer interaction, to adjacent or emergent fields such as anthropology, psychology, sociotechnologists, technical ethics/philosophy, etc.
- has previous service experience (clubs, organizations, non-profits)
- the deadline to apply is October 10th, 6pm PST.
- three finalists will be selected to advance and meet with the conference leadership team. Finalists will also be asked to provide at least one personal reference.
- we will announce our 2023 Student Chair by October 19th.
How to Apply
Applications for the IAC23 Student Co-Chair have closed.
UPDATE: We have a Student Co-Chair! Meet Bill Guo
Learn More About the Conference
The theme of IAC 2023 is Change & Resilience. Much has changed in the world since our community last met in person in 2019. Every industry and organization, not to mention humanity as a whole, had to adapt to survive during the global pandemic. So it is fitting that in 2023, we will be examining how institutions and organizations, and the people who run them, deal with change, and how our capacity to manage adversity and thrive in altered circumstances determines our success. Learn more at www.theiaconference.com.