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Benefits for Your Chapter Members 


SHRM addresses the multifaceted demands of the rapidly changing HR profession by bridging the information gap with benefits including publications, online services, problem-solving channels, professional development aids, webcasts, e-Learning, public affairs programs and research.

SHRM Online ( is the premier source for HR information online. The site includes daily news updates, selected articles from SHRM publications, links to other HR web sites, information on SHRM activities, job openings and a variety of toolkits on HR-related topics. In “member-only” areas, members can chat with colleagues through an interactive bulletin board, locate other members by searching the Online Member Directory, obtain HR survey results, download SHRM white papers and get the latest legislative updates.

In addition, SHRM offers its members such services as outstanding conferences on various human resource management topics; discounts on top-selling HR books; and numerous awards programs.

Listed below is a sampling of the benefits available to student members:

HR Magazine®—SHRM’s award-winning monthly magazine featuring in-depth articles on human resource management.

HR Week—A weekly e-bulletin highlighting critical HR issues.

Echoes—A bimonthly e-newsletter published six times per year featuring student chapter news and articles specifically geared to student members.

SHRM Online—The premier human resource web site with daily news updates, HR job openings and HR resource tools. SHRM Online is a terrific resource for course work, research and class projects. Visit the Student Programs pages at for student chapter ideas, HR career information, links to graduate school directories and a complete listing of SHRM student chapters nationwide.

SHRM Annual Conference—The SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition features over 150 educational sessions, a special one-day student conference and attendance of more than 11,000 professionals and 300 students. The conference is held each June, and national student members receive a huge discount on the conference registration rate. Information is available online at and registration forms are mailed to all national student members each January.

Member Directory Online—Searchable database to locate SHRM members by name, company, title or geographic area.

HR Talk—a series of online bulletin boards feature active discussions of HR and management issues with SHRM members around the world.

State and Regional Conferences—Student and professional educational conferences held around the country sponsored by SHRM and local SHRM chapter affiliates.

Professional Chapters—A network of more than 575 SHRM professional chapters nationwide. Attend chapter meetings and build relationships with local HR practitioners.

SHRMStore®—Discounts on HRM/general management publications, products and SHRM logo accessories such as hats, mugs and T-shirts. This online store can be accessed at

HR Voice—an opportunity to get involved in shaping public policy affecting the HR profession. SHRM members receive legislative updates via e-mail and then contact legislators to influence legislation on the state and national levels.

Internships—An online listing of human resource internship opportunities across the country.

HR Jobs—Online HR job listings with free e-mail notification service.

HRGames— Academic competition featuring two teams of three college students answering HR questions in an exciting game show format. SHRM student chapter teams advance through a series of state and/or regional competitions. The HRGames are an excellent way to show what you’ve learned about human resources!

Scholarships—A total of $50,000 in graduate and undergraduate scholarship awards are available to our student members from the SHRM Foundation.

Conversion Rate—Graduating SHRM student members may upgrade to full regular SHRM membership for a special rate. Contact SHRM’s Member Care Center at (800) 283-7476, option 3, for more information.

Applying for Student Membership

There are several ways to submit applications for student membership. An individual may complete a paper membership application and return it with payment by U.S. mail. A paper application may also be faxed to SHRM. Additionally, students may join via the SHRM web site. Specific instructions for faxed or mailed applications appear on the student membership forms.

Students can join as SHRM student members at large before the charter process is complete. Keep a list of these students and when the chapter is officially chartered, submit the names to the SHRM Student Programs department and they will be assigned to your new chapter. It is the chapter’s responsibility to keep a list of potential members and submit this list to SHRM.

Membership applications should be filled out completely and include a copy of a current course schedule as verification of student status. All applications are subject to approval by the student program manager. Photocopied or faxed applications are acceptable, and a separate check, money order or credit card number should accompany each application to ensure correct crediting of payments.

When applications are completed and turned in to the local chapter, please be sure to forward them to SHRM on a timely basis. SHRM cannot be held responsible for delays in service resulting from delays at the local chapter level.

The on-campus address on the application refers to the student’s address while at school. The home address refers to the student’s permanent address. While the Society keeps both addresses on file, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the SHRM® Member Care department when his or her mailing address has changed. To continue to receive services, students must make every effort to keep their contact information current with the SHRM Member Care department.

Students may submit their membership applications to their student chapter representative or directly to SHRM. Student dues are $35, and chapters may collect additional local dues. Students will receive one full year of service beginning at the time the application is processed by the SHRM Member Care department. Please allow 4-6 weeks for membership processing.

Because the student dues rate is subsidized by SHRM, the SHRM Board of Directors has established qualifications for acceptance as a national student member. For verification of your student status all applicants must attach a copy of their current course schedule to the application.

You are eligible for student membership provided that:

§  You are enrolled in the equivalent of at least six credit hours per term in
a degree-seeking program.

§  Your course-work, taken or planned, supports a demonstrated interest in HRM.

Graduation dates and credit hour information will be audited annually and reviewed. Students should convert to professional membership upon graduation. The special conversion offer is available for a limited time after graduation.

Some potential members who are working full time in HR and also attending school may qualify for both student and regular professional membership. Current HR practitioners are encouraged to join as regular professional members. Professional membership offers several additional benefits not available to students, including full research assistance through the SHRM HR Knowledge Center. Visit for professional membership information.

Student membership is designed for individuals just exploring human resources and preparing to enter the profession. If an individual plans to use the membership for assistance in their HR work, professional membership is the best choice.

To achieve the purposes of the Society, there shall be no discrimination in individual memberships or chapter affiliation because of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or sexual orientation.

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