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As discussed in previous sections, one great way to enhance your resume outside of formal work experience is joining and participating in student organizations. Below is a small snapshot of just a handful of student organizations you can get involved with. Please take some time to review other organizations listed on the My Involvement Page, which lists all student organizations, their descriptions, and who to contact in order to become a part of each student organization.

Student Organizations Snapshot

Governance Honor Societies
Professional Organizations
Engineering and Technology Student Council
Alpha Lambda Delta
Education Students Advisory Panel
Kelley School of Business—Indianapolis Student Government
Alpha Phi Sigma
IUPUI Leadership Consultants
Liberal Arts Student Council
Golden Key International
IUSD Student Professionalism and Ethics Association
PETM Student Council
National Residence Hall Honorary

Journalism Student Organization
Science Student Council
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Nina Scholars Leadership Organization
SPEA Student Council
National Society of Leadership and Success
Semper Fi Society
Undergraduate Student Government Phi Eta Sigma
Student Activities Programming Board
University College Student Council
Pi Alpha Alpha
Women in Business

Once I am a member of a student organization, is that enough?

Joining a student organization just so you can add a one-line statement (like the example below) on your resume will not impress an employer:

 Member, School of Science Student Council
             August 2013–Present

Taking part in a student organization is a time commitment on your part, as it should be if you want an employer to view your participation as a relevant and transferable experience. 

For example, SAPB (Student Activities Programming Board) requires students to participate in planning committees, monthly professional development workshops, and marketing and advertising for events, just to name a few, if you take on leadership roles within the organization. An employer may look at this experience and see you as having event management, teamwork, organization, time management, and leadership skills.

When deciding if you have the time to commit to being an active member of a student organization, consider using this weekly schedule template to identify your availability.