Student Opportunities

As tomorrow’s leaders, students are a very important segment of MSSA’s membership. MSSA’s Annual Training Conference and Expo is a great place for students to network with professionals and make real world connections with what they are learning in their coursework. By attending the conference students have access to over 130 breakout sessions that will take their education to the next level by learning about both current and emerging practices. The exhibit hall is a great place to network and learn about 200+ health and human service providers who attend our conference as exhibitors.


Student Poster Session and Student Showcase

The NEW Student Poster Session and returning Student Showcase is an opportunity for students to share their research and knowledge. Students who have been working on a project, thesis, or dissertation are invited to submit a proposal for a poster and/or a showcase presentation.

The number of student posters selected is dependent on the number of submissions and space available. For the Student Showcase, the top 3 student proposals will be selected to present in a paper format (20-minute presentation, 5-minute Q&A with 3 presentations in a 90 minute session).  Students selected to present in the showcase will receive one complimentary night stay at the hotel and complimentary registration. 

Students - Submit a Poster or Showcase Proposal »

Student Submission Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020
Student Notification Deadline: Wednesday, January 22, 2020


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 interested in working with students on policy issues.


Annual Training Conference and Expo

Each year MSSA’s Annual Training Conference and Expo brings more than 3,400 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, as well as MSSA leadership and staff. 

Free Student MSSA Membership 

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.


Scholarship Opportunities

MSSA offers $13,500 in scholarships for students enrolled in a health and human service related major or program annually.

MSSA Undergraduate Scholarship—Three $1,500 scholarships are available.

MSSA Graduate Scholarship—Two $2,500 scholarships are available.
MSSA Diversity Scholarship—One $1,500 undergraduate and one $2,500 graduate scholarships are available.


Free 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 11 or March 12. 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, and health and human service employment opportunities. You'll also be able to network with MSSA's board and leadership. All students who register for MSSA's Annual Conference and Expo will receive a complimentary ticket for one lunch.

Discounted Student Registration 

MSSA offers free memberships and discounted conference registration rates to full-time students in a health and human service degree program. Student rates are offered at the annual and regional conferences.


Health and Human Service Employment Opportunities

For MSSA Students Members 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. MSSA Career Center