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Why Start a SHRM-Affiliated Student Chapter? 


There are many reasons to be affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management's Student Program. For starters, you will:

  • Gain national recognition for your club. Join a network of over 450 student chapters and 575 professional chapters nationwide.
  • Receive supplies and resources free of charge that will guide you in managing your chapter and in organizing exciting programs for your members.
  • Participate in HR-related chapter projects and activities that will help you prepare to enter the profession.
  • Develop your leadership skills through the experience of chartering a new organization on your campus.
  • Experience the "real world" of human resources through interaction with HR practitioners in your local professional SHRM chapter.
  • Network with the business leaders of today and make the contacts that will help you find a job tomorrow.

Among the resources that SHRM makes available to student chapters:

Recruiting Materials. Membership applications, brochures, posters, and other information are sent automatically to affiliated student chapters each spring and fall.

Working With Student Chapters Toolkit. Offers valuable tools for advisors, chapter liaisons, and state college relations directors working with student chapters.

Chapter Rosters. Lists of your current chapter members including addresses, phone numbers, and graduation dates, are generated periodically at the national office and mailed to each chapter. Also available as needed by request.

Merit Awards. Chapters are recognized annually for outstanding activities and programming in four broad areas. In the fall a Merit Award application is sent to each chapter to be used as a planning tool throughout the year. In the spring, the application is completed by listing chapter activities in the appropriate categories and assigning a point value to each. All active chapters that accumulate the required number of points are awarded either a Merit or Superior Merit Award.

Student Chapter Operations Manual. This "how to" guide will tell you everything you need to know about running an SHRM student chapter, including how to work with your local HR professionals, how to organize chapter activities, and how to plan successful fundraising events. The manual will be mailed with your charter materials to your chapter advisor after SHRM is notified of your chartering date.

Internship Guidebook. Organizing an Internship Program explains how to set up an internship program at your school. It includes outlines of the roles and responsibilities of the SHRM chapter, the university, the employer and the student. Note: this is not a list of internships. Available upon request to affiliated chapters.

Questions?  Contact Student Programs at or 1-800-283-7476.

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