Student Membership -- FREE!
Why Students should join APA/APA-WI?
Membership is FREE for full and part time degree-seeking students enrolled in any college or university program.
When you sign up for APA's free student membership, you become a member of:
- National APA
- APA - Wisconsin Chapter
- Up to five APA Divisions. Join others who share your specific planning passions. Divisions relate to specialized areas ranging from city, regional, rural, federal, and international planning to environmental, hazard mitigation, housing, and transportation planning and many more topics.
Find out about Student Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Find out eligibility and criteria, and the nomination and submission process for prestigious planning student awards.
- AICP Outstanding Students. Recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning.
- SRC Planning Student Organization (PSO) Awards. Recognizes Planning Student Organizations for creative, successful activities.
- AICP Student Project Awards. Recognizes
outstanding class projects or papers by an individual student or group
of students in Planning Accreditation Board planning programs.
- Financial awards to students through a variety of competitions: APA Scholarships, Division Scholarships and Fellowships, and scholarships available from related organizations.
- APA-WI Endowment Scholarship. See our brochure at: http://wisconsinplanners.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Endowment-Scholarship.pdf
Once you are no longer a Student Member, you can join APA/APA-WI as a New/Introductory Member. APA offers a reduced two-year introductory rate of dues for first-time members and students who have completed their studies within the past year.
Contact APA to learn more at: https://www.planning.org/join/specialoffer/
Student members attending an accredited planning program can enroll in the AICP Candidate Pilot Program. This new program allows planning students to sit for the AICP exam within the first year after graduation rather than waiting until you have worked in planning for two years. Learn more at: https://www.planning.org/membership/toolkit/#candidate
You can seek out jobs and job tips at the APA Career Center. Learn more at: https://www.planning.org/careercenter/
You can become a volunteer leader by being elected to the Student Representatives Council. Learn more at: https://www.planning.org/leadership/students/
Learn how to become an effective advocate for good planning and deliver positive messages about planning issues to key audiences. https://www.planning.org/advocacy/
Networking and Mentoring
Connect with fellow students, practicing planners, and professionals in related fields who are doing awesome things in the field of planning around the state; you can find a mentor; or attend the National Conference (https://www.planning.org/conference/).
Attend “planner nights out” organized by your Chapter that are fun and informational!
Join your local fellow District planners for occasional outings of fun, networking, and learning!
Conferences and Training Opportunities
Receive discounts on conferences (including the APA-WI State Planning Conference), and other free in-person and online training events, lectures, workshops, and other continuing education opportunities: Go to https://www.planning.org/careerrealitywebinars/ for more information.
Connect with local planners in your Chapter (wisconsin.planning.org) and join fellow members at training sessions and the APA-WI State Planning Conference.
Get free online access to APA subscriptions (such as Planning Magazine) and other online resources.
Did we mention it's FREE?