Getting involved with the Student Chapter is a great way to network with future HR professionals. You will have the opportunity to advance the profession and recruit future staff all at the same time. Ways to get involved include informing the student chapters of internships available, volunteering as speakers for the student chapter meetings, volunteer as a mentor, provide a job shadowing day or host a company tour. We also need volunteers at the HRGames/Student State conference held annually.
The Society for Human Resource Management's Student Program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered more than 40 years ago, the student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes over 450 affiliated student chapters and more than 15,000 student members.
What does a SHRM student chapter do?
SHRM student chapters have regular meetings, usually weekly or bi-monthly, with scheduled programs designed to help members learn more about HR and the real world of business. Elected student officers run the chapters with the assistance of a chapter advisor and sponsoring professional SHRM chapter members. Chapters invite local business people to speak to the members about current developments in the business world and how they will impact future workers. Beyond the regular meetings, chapters organize a variety of activities including company tours, student conferences, resume-writing and interviewing workshops, fundraisers, internship programs, and social events. These activities allow you to learn more about HRM while building relationships with local professionals and other students and of course, having fun!
I am working in HR, but I am also a student. Should I join as a student or a regular member?
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.
The student dues rate of $35 does not fully cover the cost of student membership services, so the Society subsidizes the cost in order to make the membership affordable to students. Regular professional members of the Society pay annual dues of $160 and receive additional services to assist them in their professional roles. While students and professionals receive some of the same benefits, the memberships are different. If you plan to use the membership to assist you in your work as an HR practitioner, we recommend that you join as a regular member to gain full access to all services and benefits. Benefits of each can be found below.
What are the eligibility requirements for student membership?
Since the student dues rate is subsidized by the Society, the SHRM Board of Directors has established qualifications for acceptance as a national student member. You are eligible for student membership if:
You are enrolled in the equivalent of at least six (6) credit hours per term in a degree-seeking program.
Your coursework, taken or planned, supports an interest in Human Resource Management.
How much does it cost to be a student member?
National student membership dues are $35 per year. (The membership includes a subscription to HR Magazine which would cost $70 if ordered separately.) Some local chapters collect additional dues to use for chapter projects.
While this may seem like a lot of money, consider the fact that you often pay more for one college textbook that will be used for a few months than you will for your SHRM membership that will continue to provide benefits for an entire year. SHRM membership is an investment you make in your future!
Matt Nechodom, PHR
WI State Council College Relations Director
Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Interpersonal/Organizational Communication. Matt’s HR experience began in college while serving on the board for the local student SHRM chapter. He interned with the Outagamie County Human Resources department in Appleton, WI and continued his experience for 8 years as an HR Generalist and Recruitment Manager for Parts Now in Middleton, WI. Matt is currently with American Family Insurance in Madison, WI as a HR Field Sourcing and Diversity Specialist. Other than recruiting, Matt has experience with employee relations, training, staff development, facilitation, sourcing, etc. Matt is a member of the Greater Madison Area SHRM (GMASHRM) as well as a National SHRM Member. He earned his Professional of Human Resources certification in May, 2008 and has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin SHRM State conference.