Applications now available for 2017 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship

Date Posted: 3/9/2017

2016 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipients

For nearly two decades, ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship has given students a unique way to gain experience, make connections and launch a career, and to attend the LDI tradeshow with all expenses paid. Applications for this year’s Sponsorship are now available at, and due by June 9th, 2017.

ETC’s LDI Student Sponsorship includes roundtrip airfare to the LDI tradeshow, which will be November 17th to 19th this year, along with hotel accommodations, all meals, a full conference pass, a student reception to meet people in the industry, and exclusive ETC swag. Students in their final year of undergraduate study, graduate students, and students from outside of North America who are studying at the university level at the time of the LDI show, and who are studying lighting design, theater technology, stage machinery, or closely related fields, are eligible to apply.

One of the most beneficial aspects of ETC’s LDI Sponsorship is the mentorship portion. ETC matches each student with a professional who is well established in the industry and works in a field that interests the student. The mentors provide guidance, advice and inspiration as the students finish their schooling and move into the working world. They can help with everything from giving input on designing a show, to introducing the students to important connections that could lead to a career.

Jason Read, a 2007 ETC LDI Student Sponsorship recipient describes his experience with the program: “The success in my career is directly attributable to the LDI Sponsorship, which introduced me to inspiring leaders in the industry and to the world of architectural lighting. It also led to meeting designers at Walt Disney Imagineering, which ultimately led to my career here. The ETC LDI Sponsorship program is far more than a trip to LDI. It can be a life-shaping experience!”

For more information on the ETC LDI Student Sponsorship and to apply, visit