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San Diego State University

Pre Graduate School

Benefits of Becoming a Student Affiliate with a Professional Organization

Professional organizations are non-profit organizations seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of the individuals involved in that profession, and the public interest. Some examples of professional organizations are: the Western Psychological Association (WPA) or the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).


Most professional organizations offer student memberships.  Some benefits for being a student member may include the following opportunities:


  • Scholarship or fellowship information
  • Presentation or publication opportunities
  • Networking activities 
  • Discounted rates to future conferences
  • Travel awards
  • Volunteer activities
  • Advice for graduate school
  • Career resources
  • and others!

List of various Professional Organizations

 If your professional organization is not listed, feel free to email 

to get yours posted.


Professional Organization List

Michelle Lopez, M.A.
Assistant Dean
Division of Undergraduate Studies

San Diego State University
Administrative Building 101
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1623