SEMA Show Student Program



2015 SEMA Show
Education Days: November 2 - November 6, 2015
Exhibits: November 3 - November 6, 2015
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada



The SEMA Show Student Program offers educators and students the opportunity to attend the annual SEMA Show. The program is designed for “qualified and motivated students.” The primary objective is to provide unique learning experiences that integrate the student’s field of study with actual business and tradeshow opportunities in the automotive aftermarket industry. Students who participate in this program will:

  • Have an increased understanding of SEMA, its role in the automotive aftermarket industry and the market segments that make up the specialty equipment market.
  • Gain awareness of the diversity and depth of the automotive aftermarket.
  • Expand awareness of the SEMA Show and Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW).
  • Gain information about potential careers in the aftermarket industry.
  • Establish a network of key industry contacts and potential future employers.

Click here to download SEMA Show Student Program Orientation Guide


Monday, November 2, 2015 – LVCC:

  • Student Welcome & Orientation Luncheon
  • Gear-Up Girl Networking event

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – LVCC:

  • Automotive Career Paths-Student Seminars
  • SEMA-Education Partner Luncheon

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – LVCC:

  • Automotive Career Paths-Student Seminars

Complimentary show admission: for approved school officials and students; $25-$75/savings per person.

Mentor-a-Student Program: selected students (mentees) can spend 30 minutes to an hour with participating Industry representatives (mentors) to conduct informational interviews and to gain industry perspectives, real-world insights and career advice. Students must provide their resumes to apply for this program. SEMA Staff will coordinate meeting locations and times.

SEMA Show Education Days: free business and professional development seminars.

SCRS Repairer Driven Education: $50 Full-Series student/faculty pass; $250 savings per person.


While each institution should establish their own criteria for student selection, SEMA requires at a minimum, that all students must adhere to the following:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Be enrolled as a full-time student at a high school, vocational technology school, college or university.
  3. Be preparing for a career in the automotive industry.
  4. Be accompanied by a school official (i.e. administrator, professor, instructor, advisor or counselor) while attending the SEMA Show and SEMA Show-related functions.
  5. Bring hard copies resume and/or business cards. Students will have the opportunity to distribute as many as 50 per day at the show.
  6. May not consume alcohol at the SEMA Show or any show-related activities.
  7. Professional conduct, appearance and business casual attire at all times.
  8. Required dress code includes:
    a. Collared short or long-sleeve shirts, tucked in at all times.
    b. Collared shirts with school logos are preferred, but not required.
    c. Long black, navy blue or tan pants.
    d. Closed-toed shoes.
    e. NOT allowed: Hats, baseball caps, t-shirts, jeans, shorts, open-toed shoes.
  9. Responsible for own expenses (travel, hotel, meals, transportation, etc.).
  10. Failure to comply with program requirements may result in show badges being revoked.


  1. Must accompany students at the SEMA Show and show-related functions.
  2. Serve as the primary contact for the participating school.
  3. Adhere to a ratio of 5 students per 1 school official:
    a. Maximum of 15 students per school.
    b. Participation is limited to the first 200 registrants.
  4. Provide the following information for each student:
    a. Student’s name, age, graduation date, field of study, interests and email address
    b. Students volunteering for Student “Host” Program must provide cell phone numbers
  5. Required to attend the Student & Faculty Welcome Luncheon on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.
    a. Show badges will be issued to the primary faculty contact onsite.
  6. Provide contact information and cell phone number for each school official in attendance.
  7. Business casual attire is required: collared shirts with school logo are preferred.
  8. Reservations for Hotel accommodations:


Juliet Marshall
Education Manager


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