2016 SEMA Show Student Program
Dennis Overholser (second from right) of Painless Performance Products speaks to Academic Dean Tom Grothous and automotive students from the University of Northwestern Ohio at the 2015 SEMA Show.
The SEMA Show Student Program offers educators the opportunity to invite qualified and motivated students to attend the annual SEMA Show. The primary objective is to provide students with unique learning experiences that integrate their fields of study with actual business and tradeshow opportunities in the automotive specialty-equipment market.
The Ultimate Field Trip
The Student Program offers a wealth of benefits. Student participants develop an increased understanding of SEMA’s role in the industry, along with the segments that make up the automotive specialty-equipment market. They gain awareness of the aftermarket’s diversity and depth while receiving information about potential careers and networking with key industry contacts and potential future employers.
Participants receive complimentary admission to the industry-only SEMA Show as well as the AAPEX Show, including access to exhibit halls, free education seminars and special events.
Events and Networking Opportunities
The SEMA Education team hosts a variety of valuable networking events throughout the week for students and faculty. Taking advantage of all of the following events will help foster relationships between educators and industry leaders.
SEMA Show Student Program Luncheon: Join the SEMA team and more than 500 North American and international students and faculty for a celebratory gathering.
Chris Kersting (standing), SEMA’s president and CEO, speaks to faculty at the Education Partner’s Luncheon at the 2015 SEMA Show.
SEMA Education Partners Luncheon: Faculty members are given a special opportunity to network and share their successes and challenges.
SEMA Council and Networking Receptions: Students are invited to attend SEMA receptions and network with SEMA members and industry market-segment leaders.
Mentor-A-Student Program: Selected students are able to job-shadow exhibitors and other industry representatives, gaining industry perspectives, real-world insights and career advice.
Gear-Up Girl Networking Event: Now in its sixth year, this event is hosted by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network to connect female students with female industry leaders—a unique opportunity for female students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.
SEMA Ignited: Students and faculty get in free to the official SEMA Show after party on Friday evening following the close of the SEMA Show. This event is open not only to schools and industry professionals but also to the general public. For more information visit www.SEMAignited.com.
SEMA Show Education Days: Free and Pay-to-Attend Seminars
Students and faculty are invited to attend free business and professional-development seminars that cover a huge range of topics, including social media, marketing, customer service, vehicle technology, industry trends and more.
SCRS’ Repairer Driven Education Full-Series Educator and Student Passes
Students and faculty are eligible to purchase the full-series Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS) Repairer Driven Education seminar package at a significantly discounted rate of $50 per person (a $250 savings). The pricing structure is made possible through coordination between SCRS and SEMA Education, emphasizing both organizations’ support for the future of the automotive repair industry. For more information about SCRS, please visit the society’s website at www.scrs.com.
Student Eligibility Requirements
While each institution should establish its own criteria for student selection, SEMA requires that students be age 16 or over; enrolled full time in high school, career and technology, college or university programs; preparing for careers in the automotive industry; and accompanied by school officials while attending the SEMA Show and SEMA Show-sponsored events.
School officials are permitted to bring up to 15 students, with one school official in attendance for every five students.
For more information about the program, visit www.sema.org/student-programs. The deadline to register is October 1, 2016.