Student Memberships and Benefits



The APPAM student membership option is available to students enrolled in a policy related degree program at an institution of higher education. An APPAM membership ensures that you are on the cutting edge of policy analysis and management issues that affect all policy professionals. Below you may find additional information on the many benefits APPAM has to offer.  

Professional Development and Education

  • Regional Student Conferences - These regional conferences, one in California and the other in Washington, D.C.,  provide PhD and masters student members an opportunity to present Mentoringtheir research in front of professors, practitioners, and other students to gain valuable research presentation experience.   
  • Mentor Matching Program - Student members are eligible to participate in the APPAM Fall Research Conference Mentor Matching Program.  The program matches students with policy experts to connect one-on-one during the conference.
  • Fall Research Conference Student Programming - APPAM hosts a series of student sessions at the Fall Research Conference that feature experts from a variety of professional fields to provide students with advice on their careers, both as students and after graduation. Sessions include tips for grant writing, presentation skills & data visualization, and bridging the gap between graduation and policy practice.
  • APPAM Job Board - Student members have access to  The job board, hosted by APPAM, ASPA, and NASPAA is the source for professional jobs in the public sector - government, nonprofits and NGO's, consulting, and academia - and for advice and information about public service careers.
  • Update Newsletter - Read the recent Student Member Update.

Save with APPAM

  • Registration Discounts - Student Members are eligible for reduced registration rates at all APPAM events.   
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) - All student members receive a complimentary subscription to JPAM.
  • APPAM Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship - Student members are eligible to apply for this fellowship which covers the travel and participation costs at the Annual Fall Research Conference.  

Community of Peers

  • Membership Directory - This members-only institutional and individual member database connects you with colleagues.JPAM
  • Committee Leadership Opportunities - In consultation with the Executive Director, the current President appoints members of the Policy Council to committees soon after the election every January. Chairs of the committees may then appoint APPAM members to their committees, including student members. Each fall, APPAM calls for student nominees to serve on the Policy Council and the students-only Student Activities Committee
  • Networking - Student members are invited to attend members-only events held throughout the year to connect with experienced policy professionals and other policy student members.  
  • E-Lists - Student members have access to all APPAM E-List communities.  These communities serve as a medium with which to solicit the advice of your peers, benefit from their experience, and participate in an ongoing conversation
APPAM bills students for their annual dues renewals on a monthly basis. You will receive a request to renew your membership starting three months before your membership is scheduled to expire. For example, if you join APPAM in March, you will receive your first renewal request the following January.
APPAM student membership dues are $40 annually. 
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