Professional Development

All students are offered the opportunity to apply to nationally recognized professional organizations or to earn professional certifications. Each year, students are also encouraged to apply for funding to attend professional public policy and educational research conferences. Attending these conferences allows for networking with peers and faculty from other universities globally, and first-hand immersion in key public policy issues and research themes.

AAPOR (The American Association for Public Opinion Research)
The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the nonprofit sector, and private industry.

AAPOR offers students a free, one-year membership. Membership includes a one-year subscription to Public Opinion Quarterly, all AAPOR mailings and full access to AAPORnet, a member-only listserv. Renewals for students are $25/calendar year. Students also save $200 on AAPOR Annual Conference registration fees.

Explore member benefits, AAPOR's Career Center, and AAPOR's New York Chapter.

AAPOR Student Travel Award
AAPOR offers student travel awards to those in need of financial support so that they may attend the annual conference and experience this important educational and collegial event. For the 2015 conference, Student Travel Awards of $800 each will be given to a maximum of ten students.  Learn more about award eligibility and the application process.

Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award Paper
Topics must be related to the study of multi-national/multi-cultural/multi-lingual survey research (e.g., 3M survey research), or to the theory and methods of 3M survey research, including statistics and statistical techniques used in such research.
Learn more about award eligibility and the application process.

AERA (American Educational Research Association)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a national research society thatstrives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

AERA offers two types of student memberships:
Members (Voting) Graduate Student Members: Any graduate student may be granted graduate student member status with the endorsement of a voting member who is a faculty member at the student's university. Graduate students who are employed full time are not eligible. Graduate student membership is limited to five years at $55/calendar year.

Affiliates (Non-Voting) Student Affiliates: Any student may be granted student affiliate status with the endorsement of a voting member who is a faculty member at the student's university. Students who are employed full-time are not eligible. Student membership is limited to five years at $55/calendar year.

Learn more or join AERA.
Explore external fellowship and funding opportunities at AERA.
Join AERA's Graduate Student Listserv to stay current on happenings and conversations with AERA graduate students around the country.

To ask a question, contact the AERA Membership Team at members@aera.net or (202) 238-3200.

Graduate Students interested in exploring opportunities in professional development, mentoring, and networking are strongly encouraged to explore AERA's Graduate Student Council.

APPAM (Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management)
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

APPAM's student membership option is available to students enrolled in a policy related program at an institution of higher education. Membership ensures exposure to the cutting edge of policy analysis and management issues that affect all policy professionals. Baruch College School of Public Affairs offers 20 free memberships to APPAM per year to both undergraduate and graduate students. Memberships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can only receive a free membership once and are not eligible for free renewal.

Learn more about student membership benefits and rates.
Explore APPAM career resources.

For more information please contact Diana Lazov at diana.lazov@baruch.cuny.edu or at (646) 660-6727.

APSA (American Political Science Association)
The American Political Science Association (APSA) is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments, and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.

Explore ASPA membership rates, career resources, and individual membership benefits.

Learn about APSA and non-APSA internship programs and databases. (Some are specifically targeted to minority students, undergraduates, etc., while others are general programs for any interested student.)

Learn more about the APSA Graduate Student Connection, a key component of APSA's mission to support political science education and professional development.

ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Actions)
The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is a U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy, and civil society.

Explore ARNOVA membership benefits and grants and scholarships for participation at the ARNOVA Annual Conference. The ARNOVA student membership rate is $55.

Register here or contact Rosalind Conners at rconners@arnova.org or by calling (317) 684-2120.

ARNOVA Career Center
View a list of all jobs currently posted, search for job postings that fit the characteristics you're looking for, have job postings automatically sent to your e-mail address, and/or post your resume for prospective employers.

ASPA (American Society for Public Administration)
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity.

Each year, ASPA’s Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) awards up to three $500.00 scholarships to students at the PhD or Master’s level or a Practitioner to help defray the costs associated with attending the ASPA Annual Conference. Questions and applications should be emailed to meghna.sabharwal@utdallas.edu

Founders' Fellows Program This signature program supports the participation of up to 15 students at the annual ASPA conference and their development as future public administrators. Contact Jeannie Jeffries at (202)585-4310 or jjeffreis@apsanet.org for more information.

Further ASPA Opportunities and Resources
Explore student opportunities at ASPA

Learn more about ASPA Public Service Careers Resource

ASPA Membership and Contact Information
The School of Public Affairs offers special discounted ASPA membership rates for students. If you are interested in applying please contact Diana Lazov at diana.lazov@baruch.cuny.edu or (646) 660-6727.

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability in student affairs. Whether you're an undergraduate student just starting to think about a career in student affairs or you're in your final year as a doctoral student, NASPA offers a range of affordable membership options that will you help you on your way to becoming a student affairs professional.

Join NASPA or see a full list of student member benefits.
For more information or answers to your questions, contact the Membership Department at (202) 719-1161 or membership@naspa.org.

The NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP) creates opportunities and changes the landscape of student affairs in higher education. By mentoring students from traditionally underrepresented and historically disenfranchised populations, NUFP diversifies and broadens the pipeline of professionals.

Or contact Director of Member Engagement and Student Initiatives, Nathan Victoria at nvictoria@naspa.org or nufp@naspa.org.

Access the NASPA Career Center here.

NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration)
Baruch College School of Public Affairs is a member of NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration). NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. It is the recognized global accreditor of master's degree programs in these fields. NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service.

Explore further opportunities for students.
Explore career resources.

Pi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration invites graduate and undergraduate students in public affairs to apply each spring semester.  All memberships are national memberships with a local chapter affiliation. Pi Alpha Alpha is run by NASPAA.


The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a co-curricular undergraduate and graduate program that awards the Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNP) certificate upon completion of the program. To be accepted, you must register for a 3-credit internship course, complete 300 hours of nonprofit service, participate in leadership activities, and attend a national nonprofit conference.