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Professional Engagement Opportunities for Students

Spring 2018 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
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree or master's degree
  • Maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Requesting a student membership under $100 – professional memberships are not eligible
  • Applying for a membership (first time member or renewal) that you have not yet paid – reimbursement is not possible

Application process:

  • Complete all of the application components and submit the online application form by 11:59 p.m. on March 9, 2018.
  • 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 March 16, 2018 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 March 16, 2018.


Summer 2018 Practicum/Internship Travel Grant 

The Career Planning & Development Center (CPDC) is offering the opportunity for 10 undergraduate students to receive a practicum/internship travel grant for summer 2018 practicums/internships. The grant, valued at $2,400 per student, is intended to remove some of the financial barriers for students who are completing an unpaid, for credit practicum/internship that is located at least 60 miles from their permanent address.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Undergraduate students enrolled full-time on the main campus in Webster Groves.
  • Students must be in good academic standing with the University and have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Students must be in good financial standing with the University and have no holds on their account.
  • Students must be enrolled in credit-bearing practicum/internship course for summer 2018.
  • Practicum/internship must be unpaid.
  • Practicum/internship location must be located at least 60 miles from a student’s permanent address. Examples: If a student’s permanent address is in Springfield, Missouri, and the student is completing a summer practicum/internship in St. Louis, Missouri, they meet this criteria. If a student’s permanent address is in St. Louis, Missouri, and the student is completing a summer practicum/internship in Chicago, Illinois, they meet this criteria.

Application Process:

  • Students must complete a brief online application no later than Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
  • Students will be notified by email by Friday, May 4, 2018 if they will receive the practicum/internship travel grant.

Important Notes for Students:

  • The grant will be applied to the student account; students will not receive a check for the grant.
  • The practicum/internship travel grant will impact a student’s overall aid. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with their Financial Aid advisor to discuss the impact of the grant on aid. 
  • This grant is not renewable.


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.


Provost's Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Program

The Provost’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..

Current students, you can now schedule appointments online! Log into your Gorlok Career Link account and select the "Career Advising Appointments" tab.




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Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Closures: In accordance with Webster's Closings & Holidays, the CPDC will be closed on July 4, 2018.