Student Membership Program


Eligibility | Member Benefits | Local Member Only
How to Apply | Renewals

SHRM is committed to the development of the human resource management (HRM) profession, and nowhere is that commitment more evident than in the student membership program. Student Programs was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners. SHRM membership offers students the opportunity to supplement their classroom eduction with real world knowledge and hands-on experience.

Since the first chapter was chartered in 1965 at Indiana University in Bloomington, the student program has comtinued to grow. The SHRM student membership program now includes over 400 affiliated student chapters and 20,000 student members.

SHRM Student membership prepares students for their career through:

  • Participation in chapter projects and activities directly related to the HRM field.
  • Interaction with HR practitioners and develop valuable business contacts.
  • Leveraging information on the latest news, information and ideas in the human resource field for school projects.​

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 $229 whle student members receive a much lower rate of only $49.

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.

If your chapter has individuals who would like to join the Society but do not meet the above criteria, you can offer them membership in your local chapter (if your chapter offers this option) and encourage them to join as regular members of the Society. Individuals do not have to be working in HR to join as regular members. The Society offers an associate membership for these individuals. Contact the SHRM Member Services Department or visit the SHRM Web site at for more information on regular membership. Although only qualified students can join as national student members, everyone with an interest in human resources is invited to join or participate in the Society in some way.

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

Upon joining SHRM at a cost of $49, students receive the following 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​

Local Member Only

Some student chapters offer local chapter membership without requiring that members join the national Society. Be advised that the Society does not recognize these "local members only", or LMOs, and does not include them in the chapter's membership count. These students will not appear on your SHRM chapter rosters and they will not receive any national membership benefits, such as publications, membership cards or access to the SHRM membership directory. LMO students are not eligible to participate in SHRM award programs, nor can they take advantage of reduced registration rates for national events such as the SHRM Annual Conference.

While LMO membership may be necessary in chapters where many students are not eligible for national student membership, in general you are encouraged to require all chapter members to join as national student members of the Society. This benefits your chapter in several ways.

  • Easier record keeping - All of your members will be listed on national rosters and can be counted for credit on the Merit Award application.
  • Less confusion - All of your members will be paying the same amount of dues and receiving the same services.
  • Easier to maintain chapter charter - SHRM requires your chapter to have at least eight (8) national student members by November 1st each year to maintain your affiliation with SHRM. LMOs do not count toward this requirement.

Student membership is a full-year, anniversary-based service. This means students will receive a full 12 months of service from the time the application is processed. A student membership application can be downloaded from the SHRM Web site at

How to Apply

There are three ways to join SHRM:

Complete a Student Membership Application and mail it with payment and course schedule to:
Society for Human Resource Management​
P.O. Box 79482
Baltimore, MD 21279-0482
Processing time is about four to six weeks.

FAX your completed application and course schedule to (703) 535-6490
Processing time is about two to three weeks.

Visit our Student Membership page and join online.
Processing begins at submission.

Your chapter number must be written in the space provided. This ensures that your membership will be assigned to the correct chapter.

If your chapter collects local dues in addition to national dues, the processing is separate. SHRM only processes the national dues. Local chapter dues and application should be sent directly to the chapter for processing. ​

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