Student Memberships

The MPA Program provides eligible students one-year memberships of their choice to various public administration student memberships. Below is a list of organizations we offer memberships to:

 International City/County Management Association

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities worldwide, by working with its members to identify and encourage adoption of local government practices to improve the lives of people. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data, and technical assistance to city, town, and county chief administrative officers and their staff.

Student Benefits:

  • Access to local government professionals at different stages of their careers to share experiences and help you land your first job.
  • Networking with your colleagues through the Who’s Who online membership directory.
  • Access to Job ads in the weekly Leadership Matters newsletter and in the ICMA JobCenter.
  • Complimentary registration to ICMA’s Annual Conference.
  • Over 5,000 online webinars, podcasts, articles, case studies, reports, and sample local government documents.
  • An online subscription to Public Management Magazine.
  • Access to the members-only online discussion groups.

For more information, please contact the ICMA faculty advisor, Dr. Shilpa Viswanath at

American Society of Public Administration

The American Society for Public Administration’s (ASPA) mission is to advance excellence in public service. It serves as the critical bridge between public administration scholarship and practitioners in the field. All of it’s services and programs are geared toward supporting the Society’s goal to advance the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. It’s leaders and members promote the value of joining and elevating the public service profession, build connections among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally, provide networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values, and achieve innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.

Student Benefits:

  • Networking: The most important benefit we can offer you is the ability to connect with your peers, both in your geographic area as well as within your part of the discipline. Local Chapters, topic-based Sections and our national Annual Conference offer you in-person and digital ways to connect with other public administrators, on your own time and in your own way.
  • PAR: Public Administration Review is the most prominent public administration journal in the field. Membership with ASPA gives you automatic access to the journal as well as its online archives.
  • Professional Development: ASPA offers year-round e-learning so you can stay informed about a wide range of subjects. We also provide an Annual Conference that gives you access to pre-eminent scholarship within the discipline. Choose one, choose both – either way you’ll receive the education you need to stay up-to-date.
  • PA TIMES: This hard-copy and online publication provides the public administration community with weekly and quarterly news, articles and columns on a variety of issues. Click here for in-depth information about this benefit.

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

Student Benefits:

  • Fall Research Conference Student Programming: Series of student sessions at the Fall Research Conference from a variety of professional fields to provide students with career advice.
  • Access to the job board
  • Mentor matching program
  • Access to podcasts and webinars
  • Opportunity to present student research at regional student conferences
  • Receive dedicated monthly newsletter

National Forum for Black Public Administrators

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) is dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments. It is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983. Its members are leaders and public managers in more than 350 jurisdictions nationwide. Student membership is open to all full-time MPA students.

Student Benefits:

  • Receive an NFBPA Membership Card and Lapel Pin
  • Gain access to a Member Directory
  • Qualify for membership in local NFBPA chapters
  • Qualify for discounted conference registration fees
  • Gain access to the members-only section of the Web site
  • Post a resume and view current position openings in public administration, and access other valuable resources available only to members
  • Contribute your ideas and experience to the development and implementation of improvements in the practice of public administration.

For more information, please contact the NFBPA faculty advisor, Dr. Henry Smart at

Below, you will find links to the organizations’ websites for more information: