Become a Volunteer

Help IU Cinema shine, see cinematic gems, and join a team of film lovers

By volunteering at IU Cinema, you will see some of the finest works of cinematic art for free. You will meet film legends. You will gain experience in cinema operations. And you will join a group of people who enjoy watching and discussing film as much as you do.

Anyone can be an IU Cinema volunteer. You can apply now.

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Your first step is to click on the “Apply to volunteer at IU Cinema” button below!

Usher Corps

As a volunteer usher, you assure our patrons have an exceptional experience. Sometimes that means greeting patrons warmly, tearing their tickets, and handing out programs. Other times, you will answer questions about the Cinema and the films, address patron feedback, or ensure patron comfort and safety during screenings.

You are required to volunteer at least five shifts per semester—and you can volunteer much more if you want. Feel free to volunteer with friends and family.

You may be a great fit for the Usher Corps if you:

  • Have excellent customer service skills
  • Have a positive attitude and a cheerful smile
  • Work well under pressure
  • Love film, people, or both

I love hearing the comments of audience members as they leave because it’s always so positive and happy. That’s been the magic of the Cinema for me.

Michaela Owens, IU Cinema usher

Promotional Team

Spread the word about IU Cinema. As a member of our promotional team, you will hang posters around town, hand out fliers at local festivals, and make sure as many people as possible know about our amazing films and events.

You are required to volunteer at least five shifts per semester.

You may be a great fit for the Promotional Team if you:

  • Love being out and about
  • Know special places where the Cinema isn’t represented yet
  • Have small chunks of time to get the word out
  • Want to tell the world how much you love IU Cinema
Two student volunteers at an outdoor booth


Usher Corps orientation dates are:

  • Friday, January 20, 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 25, 5:30
  • Friday, February 17 3:30pm

Promotional team members receive one-on-one training with our marketing and engagement assistant.


You can apply for the Usher Corps, the Promotional Team, or both.

Apply to volunteer at IU Cinema