Student Engagement

Students are a very important segment of MSSA’s membership, as tomorrow’s leaders we want to help students bridge the transition from student to professional and MSSA’s Annual Training Conference and Expo is a great place to do just that. By simply attending the conference students have access to over 130 breakout sessions that will take their education to the next level by gaining access to current practice, as well as new and emerging practices, and access to over 200 health and human service providers who attend our conference as exhibitors. 

Student Lunch

Student members are invited to join MSSA staff, board members, and committee members for lunch during MSSA's Annual Conference and Expo on either March 21 or March 22. In addition to pizza and soda/water, you will have an opportunity to learn more about MSSA member benefits such as tuition discounts, scholarship opportunities, health and human service employment opportunities, and more. You'll also be able to network with MSSA's board and leadership, and learn about career opportunities. All students who register for MSSA's Annual Conference and Expo will receive a complimentary ticket for one lunch.

For more information, or to register to attend the conference, please contact Debi Kohlhardt

Thanks to our 2018 Student Lunch sponsor: Recovery Health

Student Memberships and Student Registration

MSSA offers free memberships and discounted conference registration rates to students. All full-time students in a health and human service degree program are encouraged to take advantage of free student memberships. Student membership is valid until one year after graduation. Some students may qualify for free conference registration; check with your professors to see if your school has purchased a block rate. You can join as a student member either by registering for the conference or signing up online. Student membership includes:

Health and Human Service Employment Opportunities
For students who are ready to transition into the workforce, MSSA provides easy access to hundreds of health and human service related job openings across the state.

Scholarship Opportunities
Each year, MSSA offers $4,500 in scholarships for students enrolled in a health and human service related major or program.

John Moline Scholarships—Two John Moline scholarships are given in the amount of $1,000 each to undergraduate students.

Diversity Scholarship—A diversity scholarship is available in the amount of $1,000.

Graduate Scholarship—A graduate scholarship is available in the amount of $1,500.

Annual Training Conference and Expo
Each year MSSA’s Annual Training Conference and Expo brings more than 3,000 health and human service professionals and providers together to learn and network. To ease the transition from life as a student to that of a professional, MSSA provides a special Student Lunch event during the conference to help students learn more about the benefits of MSSA and connect with other student members.  

Public Policy
MSSA has a vibrant, grassroots public policy program that allows our members to guide our public policy agenda and stay on top of legislation as it happens. From student projects to internships, we are always interested in working with students on public policy issues.

Your MSSA membership gives you access to opportunities to network with professionals in the health and human service field across Minnesota.