Student Opportunities through Hospitality Organizations


ACCED-I - Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors- International

  • Student Membership: $35
  • Focus: Promote and advance the collegiate conference and events profession and set the industry standards of excellence.
  • Campus Professionals, who design, market, coordinate, and plan conferences and special events on the campuses of colleges and universities around the world.
  • Unite professionals who provide conference and events services to their educational organizations, and encourage communication and sharing of ideas.
  • Provide high standards of business methods and ethical conduct, and principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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ACF - American Culinary Federation

  • Student Membership: $50
  • Focus: To join a powerful network of top chefs, industry pros, executives, and advocates across the U.S. – a priceless resource for business development and job opportunities
  • Helps you stand out, grow within the food industry, grants opportunities for professional working chefs to further their careers, and provides tangible evidence of your talent to display to employers
  • Offers professional advancement, mentorship, culinary competitions, education, awards, and helps you showcase your skills to more than 200,000 peers and employers around the world
  • Network with renowned chefs, top industry professionals and executives.

AHLA - American Hotel and Lodging Association

  • Student Membership: $45
  • Focus: Serving, supporting and advocating on behalf of the American hospitality industry.
  • Advocate on issues critical to the health and growth of the lodging industry.
  • Networking opportunities with thousands of colleagues, allies and industry leaders
  • Access to industry events, exclusive industry research, professional development and lifelong learning.

AIANTA- American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

  • Student Membership: $50
  • Focus: To define, introduce, grow, and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.
  • Serves as a national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism and provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality, and recreation.
  • Define tourism and marketing principles and education, introduce travelers to authentic Indian Country experiences, and grow and sustain tribal tourism.

CMAA - Club Managers Association of America

  • Student Membership: $50
  • Focus: To promote and advance friendly relations between and among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; to assist club officers and members, through their managers; and to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.
  • Helps student members to take steps to further their professional development
  • Offers meetings, events, practical experiences, internships, education and conferences
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HFTP - Hospitality and Financial Technology Professionals

  • Student Membership: $25
  • Focus: To give you access to a global network of professionals who have chosen a career in the hospitality finance and technology industry
  • Help to network with leading industry professionals that help build strong business relationships even gives you access to a global network of professionals who have chosen a career in the hospitality finance and technology industry before graduation; and enter the job market with a professional network already in place.
  • Offer conferences, webinars, reference texts, consultants, and club technology resources.

HSMAI- The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International

  • Student Membership: $70
  • Focus: Advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth, and provide hospitality professionals with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue.
  • Opportunities for expanded curriculum resources, mentoring, industry experience, and potential scholarship opportunities.

IAEE - International Association of Exhibitions and Events

  • Student Membership: $35
  • Focus: To globally promote the unique value of exhibitions and events and to be the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry
  • Provides the most comprehensive educational and networking opportunities in the exhibitions and events industry
  • Certification in Exhibition Management available
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ILEA - International Live Events Society
(Formerly ISES- International Special Events Society)

  • Student Membership: $50
  • Focus: To offer professional development and education
  • Unlimited use of online, downloadable and searchable membership directory
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IAVM- International Association of Venue Managers

  • Student Membership: $75
  • Focus: To educate, advocate for, and inspire assembly venue professionals, worldwide.
  • Access to educational programs to bridge the gap from classroom to real world experience including internships and one-on-one mentoring.
  • Scholarship and internship opportunities, and job shadowing program.
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MPI - Meeting Professionals International

  • Student Membership: $40
  • Focus: To provide innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and to act as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry
  • Offers student scholarships, internships, networking, and job opportunities.
  • Student-in-Transition Program: This special plan will allow you to grow incrementally from your current student membership to the full membership rate over a period of three years.

NABHOOD- National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers

  • Student Membership: $25
  • Focus: To have a national organization that can give information on a consistent basis on opportunities for minorities in the hotel industry.
  • Opportunity to participate in the Annual International Multicultural Tourism/Hotel Ownership Summit & Trade Show.
  • Opportunity to build relationships with individual members as well as the community in order to speak with a unified voice on legislation and regulations affecting the hospitality industry.
  • Three (3) one- half hour consultations during the course of the year with a NABHOOD lawyer.

NACE - National Association of Catering and Events

  • Student Membership: $50
  • Focus: To advance the catering and events industry and its professionals
  • This organization helps oversee and ensure that its members are going down the right path in the catering and event world
  • Offers classes, seminars, networking, career coaching leadership opportunities, events certification, and career opportunities

NCBMP- National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals

  • Student Membership: $125
  • Focus: To be the preeminent organization in educating African American association executives and meeting planners in all aspects of the meeting planning profession.
  • Effect positive change in the hospitality industry as it relates to African Americans.
  • Become a voice in the hospitality industry on issues that affect the African American community.
  • Provides annual scholarships to meetings and hospitality students who are currently enrolled in hospitality schools around the country.
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National Restaurant Association

  • Student Membership: $100
  • Focus: To empower you to achieve more success than you though possible. Your industry. Your interests. Your champion.
  • Resources for advocacy and regulation, workforce development, education and networking, research and insight, and discounts and offerings available through membership.
  • Scholarships are available! Learn more about additional scholarships, fellowships, and career opportunities from their Educational Foundation.

NEWH - Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, Inc.

  • Student Membership: Free!
  • Focus: Scholarship, Education, and Business Networking
  • Recognizes the talent and ability of students and encourages involvement in all areas of the Hospitality, Foodservice, Senior Living and related fields through scholarships, seminars and educational programs.
  • Provides meetings, educational programs, seminars and career opportunities for its members.

PCMA - Professional Convention Management Association

  • Student Membership: Free!
  • Focus: To offer education, business networking and community engagement
  • Access to the Members-only community, including sessions, webinars, and tradeshows
  • Career growth and professional development opportunities


These other organizations do not have a student membership, but you should consider subscribing to their mailing list and learning more about them.



NMHA - New Mexico Hospitality Association

  • Focus: To serve its members and all segments of the hospitality industry.
  • Represents member interests at the state and national level, cultivates professional development, and targets opportunity to incubate and foster long-term job and wealth creation statewide.
  • Delivers decades of combined experience to lead public policy and workforce development strategy for a more prosperous economy.

NMRA – New Mexico Restaurant Association

  • Focus: To actively represent and promote the foodservice industry in New Mexico.
  • Mission is to empower the food and beverage industry by promoting and protecting common values and interests.
  • Members will have a voice in government and receive help with understanding laws related to the industry.
  • Meet other restaurant owners and share experiences and stories.