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Student membership is available to those individuals enrolled in a post-secondary academic program with emphasis in the meeting, hospitality, events, and tourism-related industries leading to qualification as a regular member. The student must be enrolled in either a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program unless the academic institution defines it otherwise. A student membership with MPI Pittsburgh is $40 a year. After graduation you will be eligible for our student in transition program.

You can join MPI as a student member by following this link - Student Membership Application (https://www.mpiweb.org/membership/join)

With a MPI Student Membership, not only are you an active MPI member, but this also allows you membership with the local MPI Pittsburgh Chapter. As a member of MPI you have access to nearly 20,000 industry professionals to help you gain knowledge and guide you through your career development.


Student In-Transition Program

Graduating Student Members: The Student-in-Transition Program allows you to grow over three years from your current student membership rate to the full membership rate. We understand the relationships you build and the knowledge you gain as you enter the meeting and event industry are critical for your success, and we want to be there for you.

If you have recently graduated and your MPI student membership is about to expire, you can take advantage of this special program. Here is the membership renewal fee scale for you going forward:

Student-in-Transition Stage

US Rates

Student Member

$40

Student-in-Transition Stage 1 – 1st Year

$75

Student-in-Transition Stage 2 – 2nd Year

$150

Student-in-Transition Stage 3 – 3rd Year

$250

Full Member Planner

$359

Full Member Supplier

$479


Frequently Asked Questions

To be a part of the Student-in-Transition plan you first have to be an MPI Student member in good standing. After you graduate and your membership is up for renewal you choose to be either a Planner or Supplier member. During the renewal process you contact MPI Member care and let them know that you would like to be part of the Student-in-Transition plan.

Students enrolled in a certificate program are eligible for student membership for one year. The student rate will conclude upon completion of their program.

No, you have to be an MPI Student member in good standing to be able to move into the Student-in-Transition plan once you graduate and your student membership is set to renew as a full membership.
There is no difference in the privileges since a Student-in-Transition is essentially a Full Member on a special rate plan because they have recently graduated from a post-secondary educational program (Undergraduate or Graduate).
 
To renew your membership at the special transition rate, contact the MPI Membership Team at:

Phone Toll Free: 866-318-2743
Email: feedback@mpiweb.org

The Top 5 Reasons for Students to Join MPI include...

  • Specialized Job Opportunities - Being a member of MPI allows you to access the MPI Career Center with industry-specific opportunities available, including internships.

  • Committee Involvement – Get more involved with MPI Pittsburgh and our committees to make those vital connections to launch your career after graduation.

  • Discounted Membership Post Graduation - With the Student in Transition program, you can continue to take advantage of all MPI has to offer once you graduate at a tiered discounted rate. You must be a student member to qualify for the rates once you graduate. Click here for details. (https://www.mpiweb.org/membership/student-in-transition-program)

  • Student Grants and Scholarships - The MPI Foundation gives away thousands of dollars in Scholarships each year to global members for membership dues, conferences and travel, and education. Interested? Read more about available scholarships and grants here.


TESTIMONIALS

Dan Bickerton
Vice President, Membership
"MPI Pittsburgh is the reason that I am now a Sales Manager at the biggest Hilton Property in the Pittsburgh Region. Without the opportunities to meet our industry's top professionals in Pittsburgh I would have never been able to advance my career as fast as I have.
Lindsay Mongell
Immediate Past President
Being a part of MPI has been such an incredible part of my professional career, not only for myself, but also for the students I work with. Being an event planner at California University of PA allows me to work with students who are interested in going into the Hospitality and Event Fields. MPI has provided an experience for them to attend events; learning from the education and to network with professionals not only in Pittsburgh, but all over the world. I’ve seen students gain experience from serving on the MPI Pittsburgh Board and I’ve seen them win scholarships to attend MPI Global events such as WEC and IMEX. I give our students the best experience I can within our department, but encouraging them to be a part of a global organization has opened their eyes to a worldwide opportunity.

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