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Professional Engagement Opportunities for Students

Fall 2019 Professional Association Membership Program


Becoming a contributing student member of a professional association is one of the most beneficial ways to engage with the community of your chosen industry. The Career Planning & Development Center (CPDC) will sponsor membership fees for a limited number of current students.*

*Available funds vary by academic year. The number of students selected depends on available budget. 

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at Webster University during the current semester.
  • Be pursuing a bachelor’s degree or master's degree.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.


  • Students may apply for funding for one professional association per application period. 
  • Funding requests must be for a valid professional association. Honor societies, fraternities/sororities, social organizations, etc., are not eligible. 
  • Most professional associations offer membership levels for various constituents such as students, professionals, and retirees. Funding requests must be for student-level membership. If your organization of interest doesn't offer traditional membership tiers, please submit your application and make note of the organization's membership structure in your application materials. 
  • Add-on requests (subscriptions, chapters, etc.) may be accommodated if funding is available. The combined cost for membership fees and any requested add-ons cannot exceed $100 per student per application period. 
  • You must not have paid for your membership fees yet, either as a first-time or renewing member. Reimbursement is not possible. Payments will be made directly from Webster University to the professional association.

Application process:

  • Complete all of the application components and submit the online application form by 11:59 p.m. on October 20, 2019.
  • Applications will be reviewed by CPDC staff members and considered based on thoroughness and quality of application materials and relevance of the association to your academic major and career goals.
  • You will be notified by email on October 25, 2019 if you will be receiving sponsored membership fees. This email will provide logistics for moving forward with the membership purchase.
  • If you will not be receiving sponsored membership fees, you will also be notified by email on October 25, 2019.


Academic Departments

Webster University’s academic departments offer unique professional opportunities for students to participate in. Check out your department’s webpage to see what opportunities they offer for students in your major.


Walker EDGE

The Walker Edge School of Business and Technology hosts the Walker EDGE program. Walker EDGE gives students opportunities to develop their skills through professional development courses and events as well as mentoring programs. The program also has internship opportunities 


Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations are a great way to begin connecting to professional opportunities. Many attend competitions or host guest speakers. You also have the opportunity to connect to people with similar interests as well as develop your skills. Check out Involved@Webster to find clubs and organizations that interest you and can help you develop as a professional.


Student Publications and Media 

Student publications on campus allow students to publish their work. Publications include The Journal, The Green Fuse, The Ampersand, and The Webster Mercury. Also check out Galaxy Radio and Idea Tree Media for other practical applications of your skills.



Webster University hosts a variety of conferences, such as the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, and Human Rights Conference, and Sustainability Week. These conferences enable you to hear talks about and connect to professionals in your field of interest.


Research Across Disciplines

Research Across Disciplines (RAD) is an research conference where undergraduate and graduate students showcase their research. It is an opportunity to present work in your area as study as well as to connect to professionals in your field.


President's Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program

The President’s Student/Faculty Collaborate Research Program provides assistants to students working in collaborative research projects with faculty. These projects offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience as they work toward their future careers. 


Student Grant Fund

The Student Grant Fund is available to students attending off-campus conferences and other professional opportunities. Your growth as a professional does not have to be limited to events on the Webster campus..

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