National SHRM

Student Membership Program

Who is Eligible?

The Society offers a discounted student membership rate to allow college students who may have little or no income to become a part of SHRM. Regularly professional members of the Society pay annual dues of $180 while student members receive a much lower rate of only $35.

Individuals are eligible for student membership if:

  • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester, or during a 15-week equivalency.
  • Coursework, taken or planned, supports an interest in Human Resource Management or related degree program.
  • Student membership is limited to a maximum of six (6) years, non-consecutive.

Students who are in established, professional roles would retain their current SHRM membership status. Existing professional members would not be eligible to change to a student membership.

Many non-traditional students will qualify for both student and professional membership and must select which type of member to become. Regular (professional) membership is designed to meet the needs of people currently working in the HR field, while student membership is designed for individuals just exploring human resources and preparing to enter the profession. If an applicant plans to use the membership for work-related support, then professional membership is probably the best choice. The benefits of student and regular membership are different and an active HR practitioner will want to gain full access to all the services and benefits that professional membership offers.

SHRM Student Membership Benefits

  • Digital HR Magazine subscription (student members do not receive the printed magazine with their membership)
  • SHRMStudent Focus Magazine (quarterly supplement to HR Magazine)
  • Access to SHRM Online (all resources except access to the Knowledge Center)
  • Membership Directory Online search capability
  • Discounted rate for first year of professional membership upon graduation
  • Discounted rate to attend SHRM Annual Student Conference and Regional Student Conference
  • Eligibility to apply for SHRM Foundation Scholarships
  • Discounts for HRM/business management publication and SHRM logo products at online SHRMStore
  • Join SHRM professional for a discounted price

How to Apply

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