Student Membership

Whether it is scholarships, conferences, HR news, research reports, or networking events, SHRM Student has you covered!

​Your SHRM Student membership is an important first step in starting off strong in your HR career! We want to make sure you are getting the most out of your SHRM membership, so we have outlined some key benefits and resources available to you. Whether it is scholarships, conferences, HR news, research reports, or networking events, SHRM Student has you covered!

Membership Dues

Student Membership
Includes 10 Digital Reader Issues of HR Magazine

$40 / YEAR
Upgrade to a Professional Membership
Graduating SHRM student members may upgrade to professional membership at a special discounted rate for two consecutive years.
$190  $90 / YEAR

Questions?
Call our member care center or contact us.
800.283.7476 option 3 (U.S. only)  |  +1.703.548-3440 option 3 (International)

SHRM Student Chapters:
Use the Student Chapter Directory to reach out to chapters near you. No student chapter at your school? Start your own chapter.
Scholarships
Apply to win one of the 14 SHRM Foundation student scholarships or
The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR Award
Publications
Stay up-to-date on HR news and trends by reading:
Webcasts
Watch SHRM’s weekly webcasts to learn about pressing HR issues

Information, tools, and guidelines
Internships and Jobs
SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment
Save $75 on a Certificate of Learning accreditation with your SHRM Membership! Register for the exam.
Discounted Professional Membership:
Continue receiving your member benefits after graduation for a total savings of $200 for the first 2 years of your professional membership!
Conferences and Professional Development
Global Knowledge:
Visit our global page to make sure you have the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in an increasingly global world.

Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines

Please review and confirm the eligibility requirements and join today.

  • You are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Students shall provide proof of enrollment in a college or university to qualify for student membership.
  • Students holding any form of a current SHRM professional, associate, retired, global, or general membership are NOT ELIGIBLE to convert to student membership until their next renewal cycle. 
  • Your coursework, taken or planned, supports an interest in Human Resource Management or related degree program (not a Certificate program).
  • Acceptable degree programs include:
    • Human Resource Management 
    • Human Resource Development 
    • Business Administration & Management 
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Labor Relations 
    • MBA 
    • MBA/HR 
    • Organizational Behavior/ Organizational Development 

SHRM Student Membership is non-transferable and non-refundable, except in situations where an applicant does not qualify for student membership.

I have reviewed this information and confirm my eligibility for membership.

FAQs

  1. What are the differences between student and professional membership?

    Student MembershipProfessional Membership
    • Cost: $40
    • Digital HR Magazine Subscription
      (note: student members do not receive the printed magazine with their membership)
    • Full access to SHRM Online 
    • Discounted rate for first 2 years of professional membership upon graduation. (Savings $200)
    • Free premium membership to internships.com
    • Cost: $190
    • HR Magazine Print or Digital Subscription
    • Full access to the SHRM website
    • Full access to the Knowledge Center**

    **Benefits not included with student membership.

      1. Can I still become a student member without joining a chapter?
        Yes. Students will be considered a “student member-at-large,” meaning they have not been assigned to a student chapter. If student chapters exist at neighboring campuses, you may be able to participate in their activities with the consent of that chapter. To join as a member-at-large, simply write “5000” in the chapter number space on the application.
      1. I'm graduating soon, can I still keep my student membership?
        Yes, the student membership guarantees members a full 12 months of service. Once it expires, you can take advantage of our exclusive conversion deal and save $220 over a 2 year period on a professional membership.

        If your graduation year has changed, we ask that you please update your information to ensure you are receiving relevant information. You can contact Member Care at 800-283-7476, 703-548-3440 or email Member Care or you can update your profile online.
      1. What are the dues for student membership?
        National student membership dues are $40 per year (both inside and outside the U.S.). Some local chapters collect additional dues to use for chapter projects. Local dues are paid directly to your chapter and should not be sent to SHRM.
      1. Do students have to join at the beginning of a semester or quarter?
        No. The membership does not run on a calendar year.  It is based on the anniversary date of your membership. Students can join the Society anytime throughout the year and will receive a full 12 months of service from that time.  If mailed or faxed, please note it will take 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed.
      1. What if a student is working in HR, and is also a student? Should they 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 exploring the human resources field or preparing to enter the profession. 

        If the you plan to use the membership to assist in your work as an HR practitioner, you should join as a professional member to gain full access to all services and benefits.
      1. How do students renew their memberships?
        1. Return a renewal invoice with payment.
        OR
        2. Fill out a new student membership application and check off 'current student member' on top. If a you receive an invoice and you are still a student, or will be graduating but beginning a graduate program, you may renew as a student member. If you are no longer a student when your membership expires, or are about to graduate, you should choose the conversion option and convert your membership to full professional status at the special half-price rate. 
      1. How do I submit my student application?
        Membership applications may be completed and submitted electronically, via fax, by phone or by mail. 
        Phone (U.S.): 1-800-283-7476, option 3
        Phone (Int'l): +1-703-548-3440, option 3
        Fax: +1-703-535-6490, attention SHRM Member Care
        Submit Online
        Email: shrm@shrm.org
        Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET
      1. What are the rules for converting from student to professional membership?
        The basic rules are as follows: 
        • Students must be a SHRM student member (at the national level).
        • If the student membership expires, they may convert to a professional membership within six months after their student membership expiration date by calling SHRM Member Care at 800-283-7476 (U.S. only), +1-703-548-3440 (Int'l).    
        • After the 6 month period, the discountered conversion rate is on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of Member Care.
        • Students may also convert to a professional membership online while their student membership is still active.
        • Click here to convert now to a professional membership.
      1. Can students join as an International Member?
        Yes, international students can join SHRM. However, they are not eligible to join a student chapter. International Students can join an International Forum. To learn more about these offerings, please contact Rosaura Barrera, Manager of Global Relationship at Rosaura.Barrera@shrm.org.
      1. What is the YPAC?
        The Young Professionals Advisory Council exists to serve the interests of SHRM young professional (YP) members and provide guidance to SHRM for attracting and retaining non-member YPs. It also exists to ensure that SHRM YP activities are relevant to members and SHRM. We currently define young professionals as age 30 and under. Visit the HR YP website.
      1. I need my membership ID number right away. Is there any way to get this expedited?
        If you joined online you can access your member profile online by logging into shrm.org using the email address you provided on your membership application as your user name, and your last name as your password. Applications mailed can take 4-6 weeks to process.
      1. Why am I not receiving any magazines or newsletters?
        Your subscription to HR Magazine is digital and will be delivered to your email address on file.  If that changes, please go online to update your member profile.
      1. I never received my membership information, but my check cleared the bank (or credit card was charged). What happened?
        We may have an incorrect address in our system. We can update this for you and have a new membership card sent. Please contact the Member Care Center for assistance at 1-800-283-7476.
      1. Is there someone at SHRM who I can interview for a paper I am writing?
        Please forward all inquiries to shrmstudent@shrm.org. SHRM Staff will coordinate to identify a member one of SHRM’s specialty expertise panel members to handle any questions.