Students are the future of procurement, so successful NIGP chapters take the time to incorporate students into their chapters. The first step to incorporating a student membership category within your chapter is to set up the criteria for defining a student membership and its eligibility requirements.
NIGP encourages a non-fee based student category and promotion of a dual membership at both the national and chapter levels. Make sure your by-laws state the inclusion of student members under your individual membership category.
Individuals who are enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited community college, college, or university and actively pursuing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in business or public administration, public purchasing, materials management, or related field of study are classified as a “Student Member” for a twelve-month period; renewable annually. Full-time enrollment is defined as twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate students and six (6) or more hours for graduate students.
This criteria also qualifies students for national memberships, allowing students to carry dual membership with NIGP national and their local NIGP chapter.
All chapters should provide NIGP with information about new student memberships so we can contact the students directly and offer complimentary NIGP membership.
Your local colleges and universities will be your best partners for recruiting student members. Here are some ideas for how you can market upcoming meetings and events:
Here are some ideas of what to include in your fliers and promotional materials to attract students and encourage them to check out your next chapter event.
Getting students to attend a chapter event is one part of the equation. To turn students into chapter members, you need to find ways to engage them and inspire them to seek careers in public procurement.
Here are some ideas of how you can engage students in your chapter.