2019 Kohai Online Sign up is closed!

If you are still Interested please stop by the Convention Operations Room during the convention (Thursday evening till Friday morning) during open hours to find out more!

Join the party

Want to be part of the magic? You’re in the right place. Even if you’ve never volunteered for a convention before, we have a place for you: the Kohai Program. Online sign up is now closed. Please visit ConOps during the convention to join up!

The word “kohai” is sort of like “underclassman” in Japanese, and our volunteers at this level learn the ropes of staffing an anime con before stepping up to full-time. Kohai are the runners and assistants at Ohayocon. Applications for the Kohai program will open later in the year, please stay tuned for updates!

We also offer certification for students who need to complete service hours. Simply mark your interest on the application form and remember to bring your paperwork with you.

Now, if you think you have the skill and experience to skip the Kohai Program, you can check out the staff page (though we don’t offer service-hour certification for that since we compensate you). If you have questions, you may either use our contact form or send an email directly to the Kohai department via kohai@ohayocon.org.

Minimum qualifications:

  • be at least 14 years old
  • be able to arrange transportation to and from Ohayocon
  • have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver if you are a minor
    • (Please note that minors are limited to 8 hours per day, with a break after 4 hours, and cannot work past 11 p.m.)

Good qualities to have:

  • humility, warmth, optimism, and the desire to be successful
  • an open mind ready for instruction and guidance


Current benefits are under construction while senpai negotiates for more. But here are the rewards that aren’t changing:

  • After 8 work hours:
    • an Ohayocon T-shirt
  • After 24 work hours:
    • reimbursement of a weekend badge