Becoming active in one or more professional associations will lead you to critically important avenues for networking and information gathering—two fundamental aspects of your job search. Professional associations (most of which have annual conferences), events, publications, and websites keep you abreast of what is happening in your specific areas of interest, who the leaders are, and where new jobs may be found. Many association websites contain information on training opportunities, as well as job banks, resume boards, and other employment-related services.
Membership in associations also demonstrates to potential employers a serious commitment to your career development. Most professional associations have membership opportunities available for students, often at reduced rates. Many allow job seekers to volunteer at conferences or regional meetings in exchange for waived registration fees. These conferences and other assemblies provide opportunities to present papers, participate in discussions, and raise questions. This is an ideal way to hone your communication skills, gain and share expertise, and interact with colleagues who share your specific professional interests.
In addition, the association field is the third-largest employer in the Washington, DC, area, after the federal government and the tourism industry. Associations not only offer career and job resources, they are also possible places of employment.
In this chapter you will find a selected list of professional associations with a focus on international exchange, education, or development, or a related field. A brief description of each association is followed by its membership categories (with costs, when available). This list is followed by additional resources that provide more information on associations, enabling you to research more broadly or find a specific professional association not listed here.
Sample Professional Associations
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
Campus Box 90404, Duke University Durham, NC 27708 Telephone: 919-668-1928 Website: aieaworld.org
Founded in 1982, AIEA's mission is to promote and improve international education administration. It provides opportunities for its members "to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy" through dialogues, workshops, scholarly journals, and a membership directory. AIEA holds an annual conference that attracts leaders from around the world to discuss current trends, challenges, and the future of international education.
• Academic Institutional Membership ($400 per year)
• Other Organizations Supporting International Education Membership ($400 per year)
• Individual Membership: for individuals at colleges and universities with current institutional membership in AIEA ($100 per year)
• Unaffiliated Individuals ($400 per year)
AIESEC (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences)
11 Hanover Square, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10005
Since its founding in 1948, AIESEC has grown into the world's largest student-based organization, with chapters in more than 113 countries and on 2,400 university campuses. The mission of AIESEC—a French acronym that stands for ['Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales, the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences—is to contribute to the development of countries and their people with a strong commitment to furthering international understanding and cooperation. AIESEC works to "develop individuals, communities, and cooperation through global exchange" by facilitating work exchanges among its member countries. AIESEC provides opportunities for students to gain professional and cultural experience and access a global network through events and activities hosted by local chapters and work-exchange programs such as the International Traineeship Exchange Program.
• Student Membership: available through a local sponsoring university—AIESEC's website lists sponsoring universities
Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1150 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-293-6141 Website: alliance-exchange.org Twitter: @AllianceExchnge
The Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to formulating and promoting public policies that support the growth and well-being of international exchange links between the people of the United States and other nations. Representing US-based exchange organizations, the Alliance acts as the leading policy voice for the US exchange community. The organization sponsors two annual advocacy days for its members on Capitol Hill to lobby for sound policies and more resources for federally funded international exchange programs. It also coordinates ongoing advocacy activities at the state and local levels. The Alliance compiles the International Exchange Locator, which contains entries for more than 300 exchange-focused organizations and federal agencies (see chapter 5 in this volume). The Alliance was established in 1993 through a merger of two organizations: the Liaison Group, which represented academic and professional exchanges, and the International Exchange Association, a coalition of citizen and youth exchange organizations.
• Full Membership: intended for those organizations that conduct, facilitate, or support international exchanges (cost varies by organization size)
• Partner Membership: intended for companies, businesses, or organizations that provide services (e.g., insurance, tax preparation) to Alliance full members ($3,000 per year)
• Affiliate Membership: intended for exchange-related organizations or offices that wish to receive regular access to comprehensive information about policy developments that affect international educational and cultural exchange, but that are ineligible to become full members ($100 per year)
Mark is the assistant director and senior policy specialist at the Alliance.
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
AACRAO was established in 1910 as a nonprofit, voluntary, professional association committed to supporting higher education and providing professional development opportunities to members. It comprises more than 11,000 higher education admissions and registration professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than forty countries. AACRAO provides professional development services including national meetings and training events, grant and award opportunities, access to relevant publications and survey results, consulting services, online workshops, and a searchable job bank. Membership:
• Individual Membership: open to high school registrars or counselors ($206 per year); retired AACRAO members ($103 per year); staff at international secondary or postsecondary institutions ($206 per year); and students at an AACRAO member institution ($25 per year)
• Associate Membership: open to voting members of AACRAO who are seeking employment ($206)
• Affiliate Membership: open to postsecondary degree-granting institutions ineligible for voting institutional membership (dues vary based on enrollment)
• Institutional Membership: open to postsecondary degree-granting institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (dues vary based on enrollment)
• Corporate Membership: open to individuals or organizations, whether for-profit or nonprofit, that provide products and services that assist or benefit the needs or purposes of AACRAO members (dues vary based on size)
• Organizational Membership: open to nonprofit associations whose interests are closely aligned to AACRAO, including state higher education coordinating boards and associations, accrediting bodies, and international ministries of education ($590 per year)
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 410 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-728-0200 Website: aacc.nche.edu Twitter: @Comm_College
AACC, founded in 1920, is an advocacy organization that represents nearly 1,200 two-year community colleges in the United States, Puerto Rico, Japan, Great Britain, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. AACC's mission of "building a nation of learners by advancing America's community colleges" is pursued via five goals: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access to learning and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education.
• Individual Associate Membership ($100 per year)
• Institutional Membership: open to two-year, associate degree-granting colleges (cost based on enrollment and varies from $1,300 to $69,900 per year)
• Educational Associate Membership: open to nonprofits not eligible for institutional membership ($715 per year)
American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)
AAIEP Central Office PO Box 1158 Pacifica, CA 94044 Telephone: 415-926-1975 Website: aaiep.org
AAIEP, originally part of NAFSA, became a separate organization in 1988. AAIEP's goals include promoting professional standards, advocating the value of English study, and increasing the visibility of Intensive English Programs (IEP). More than 300 IEP programs are members. AAIEP advocates to ensure that only accredited language schools can offer certificates, and that short-term, full-time study in tourist visa status be permitted under the law.
• Full Membership: open to US-based English programs ($200 application fee; $625 per year)
• Associate Membership: open to institutions and organizations that do not sponsor or provide English programs ($775 per year)
American Bar Association (ABA): Section of International Law
ABA Section of International Law
740 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 202-662-1660
Website: abanet.org/intlaw Twitter: @abaesq
The Section of International Law, founded in 1933, works to educate lawyers on current developments in international law and practice, as well as to promote interest, activity, and research in international and comparative law and related areas. It is committed to the development of policy and the promotion of the rule of law on an international scale. It offers workshops and briefings on emerging issues in international law and is separated into divisions and subcommittees to accommodate specialized member interests. Categories include the Business Law Division, Public International Law Division, Comparative Law Division, and the General Division. Membership:
• Section on International Law Membership ($175 per year; membership in the ABA is a prerequisite)
American Council on Education (ACE): Center for International Initiatives
1 Dupont Circle, NW Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-939-9300
Website: acenet.edu/programs/international Twitter: @ACEducation
ACE is a major coordinating body for higher education institutions in the United States. Since 1918, it has provided leadership on higher education issues and influenced public policy through research, advocacy, and program initiatives. Through its Center for International Initiatives, ACE offers programs and services that support and enhance the internationalization of US campuses and works with international partners on higher education issues that have a global impact. The Commission for International Initiatives, an advisory body of ACE member presidents, guides ACE's work in this area. Membership:
• Two-Year Institution Membership ($1,224-$3,641 per year; based on enrollment numbers)
• Four-Year Institution Membership ($1,353-$20,977 per year; based on enrollment numbers and total expenses of the most recent calendar year)
• Branch Campus Membership ($1,040 per year)
• National Association Membership: open to associations who work on the national level, and whose primary mission is higher education ($2,884 per year)
• Regional Association Membership: open to associations who work on the regional level, and whose primary mission is higher education ($1,444 per year)
• International Membership: open to international higher education institutions and international organizations that are concerned with higher education ($827 per year)
• Foundation Membership: open to those organizations that wish to support higher education ($2,364 per year)
American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)
2101 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20037
Telephone: 800-704-2372 (within the United States) or 202-338-4045 Website: afsa.org Twitter: @AFSATweets
AFSA was founded in 1924 as the professional association of the US Foreign Service. With more than 13,000 members, AFSA represents active and retired Foreign Service (FS) employees of the US Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (US-AID), as well as smaller groups in the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), US and Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). AFSA's principal goals are to enhance the effectiveness of the Foreign Service, to protect the professional interests of its members, to ensure high professional standards for both career diplomats and political appointees, and to promote understanding of the critical role of the Foreign Service in promoting America's national security and economic prosperity. AFSA also acts in a labor/ management-relations capacity as the exclusive bargaining agent for Foreign Service employees.
• Active Membership: open to all Foreign Service personnel in the US Department of State, USAID, FAS, FCS, and IBB, based on FS pay-grade ($86.70-$370.55 per year; $1,500 lifetime membership)
• Retired Membership: based on FS Annuity ($63.70-$167.20 per year; $1,000 lifetime membership)
• Associate Membership: open to anyone supportive of AFSA goals ($102.75 per year; $1,000 lifetime membership)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-483-2512 Website: apsanet.org Twitter: @APSAtweets
APSA, founded in 1903, is a professional organization dedicated to the study of political science, including international relations. It serves more than 15,000 members in more than eighty countries. The majority of APSA members are scholars; however, the membership also includes government officials, researchers, consultants, and NGO leaders. APSA provides members with services that facilitate research, teaching, and professional development and supports special projects to increase public understanding of political science. APSA maintains an online job bank, eJobs. APSA publications list employment opportunities, grants and studies, annual meetings, and publishing opportunities.
• Professional Membership ($97-$316 per year, based on income; $3,000 lifetime membership)
• Retired Membership: open to those who have had membership for twenty-five continuous years ($40-$66 per year)
• Targeted International Membership: open to scholars in low/middle income countries ($40 per year)
• Family Membership: open to spouses and domestic partners of professional and life members ($29 per year)
• High School Teacher Membership ($45 per year)
• Student Membership ($45 per year)
• Unemployed Membership ($45 per year)
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
1640 King Street, Box 1443 Alexandria, VA 22313
Website: astd.org Twitter: @ASTD
Since 1944, ASTD has served professionals in the field of human resources and is dedicated to advancing workplace learning. ASTD's members live in more than 100 countries and connect locally in 120 US chapters and 16 global networks. Members work as independent consultants, trainers and suppliers, and in thousands of organizations of all sizes, both public and private. ASTD's website features a career center that offers a job bank, an ongoing education certificate program, career coaching and development publications, and a salary calculator. Membership:
• Individual Membership ($199 per year)
• Senior Membership ($90 per year)
• Student Membership ($59 per year)
American Studies Association (ASA)
1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 301 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-467-4783 Website: theasa.net
ASA is open to all persons who "have in common the desire to view America as a whole rather from the perspective of a single discipline." It is dedicated to broadening and intensifying the study of American culture, history, and society. Founded in 1951, ASA has more than 6,000 individual members and 140 institutional members, representing a diverse cross section of fields such as history, literature, religion, art, philosophy, music, science, folklore, ethnic studies, government, communications, education, library science, popular culture, and others. On an international level, ASA encourages the exchange of students and faculty members, promotes the establishment of American Studies departments and associations abroad, and provides a communication forum for leaders of American Studies associations around the world. ASA offers a job bank, a Certification Professional in Learning and Performance Certificate (CPLP), and many other career development resources.
• Individual Membership ($55-$120 per year, based on income level; $1,500 lifetime membership)
• Student/Income Under $12,000 Membership ($20 per year)
• Institutional Membership ($170 per year)
ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) and the Center for Association Leadership
ASAE and the Center Building
1575 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Telephone: 202-371-0940 or 888-950-2723
ASAE is a membership organization that represents the association profession. It provides resources, research, knowledge, and advocacy to enhance the performance and power of the association and nonprofit community. Founded in 1920, ASAE has more than 21,000 association CEOs, staff professionals, industry partners, and consultant members in more than fifty countries. The Center for Association Leadership, founded in 2001, provides information and training for the association community. ASAE and the Center together serve approximately 10,000 associations that represent approximately 287 million people worldwide. ASAE hosts a career center and job bank for the association profession at careerhq.org.
• CEO Membership ($325 per year)
• Professional Non-CEO Staff Membership ($295 per year)
• Young Professional Membership: open to working individuals aged 30 and under ($100 per year)
• Consultant Membership: open to individuals who are not full-time ($425 per year)
• Industry Partner Membership: open to individuals who are part of nonprofits or are government employees ($425 per year)
ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies)
315 South Bellefield Avenue, 203C Bellefield Hall Pittsburgh, PA 15260 Telephone: 412-648-9911 Website: aseees.org
In 2010, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (founded in 1948) changed its name to the Association for Slavic,
East European, and Eurasian Studies. ASEEES is a nonprofit, nonpo-litical, scholarly society based at the University of Pittsburgh. It works to promote education and the spread of knowledge of the former Soviet Union and Eastern and Central Europe. With more than fifty member institutions both abroad and at home, six regional affiliates within the United States, and thirty-six organizational ties to scholarly societies, ASEEES works to lead open and thoughtful dialogue.
• Individual Membership ($55-$200 per year, based on income level)
• Student Membership ($35 per year)
• Premium Institutional Membership ($600 per year)
• For-profit Institution and Foundation Membership ($400 per year)
• Nonprofit Organization Membership ($300 per year)
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street New York, NY 10021
Website: asiasociety.org Twitter: @AsiaSociety
The Asia Society, founded in 1956, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia. The Asia Society promotes communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific region. Through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, conferences, seminars, and programs for both students and teachers, the Asia Society provides a forum for presenting the uniqueness and diversity of Asia to the American people. The Asia Society is headquartered in New York. Regional centers are located in Washington, DC; Houston; Los Angeles; Hong Kong; and Melbourne.
Membership (at NY headquarters):
• Individual Membership ($65 per year)
• Student/Association/Senior Citizen Membership ($50 per year)
• Corporate Partner Membership ($25,000 per year)
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
The Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 Telephone: 212-434-9400
Website: cfr.org Twitter: @CFR_org
CFR is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that aims to improve the understanding of US foreign policy and international affairs. Founded in 1921, CFR is home to a think tank dedicated to the continuous study of US foreign policy for the benefit of its members, as well as world audiences. By mobilizing resident senior staff, members, and other experts in dialogue, study, and publications programs, the Council serves as a forum for scholarship and policy analysis. The Council on Foreign Relations Press publishes Foreign Affairs, a leading print journal of global politics, books, and occasional policy reports on a broad range of issues. It produces "America and the World," a weekly radio series aired on National Public Radio.
Membership: Both individual and corporate members must be nominated by current members of the Council.
Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)
212 South Henry Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 Telephone: 703-739-9050
Website: csiet.org Twitter: @CSIET_Tweet
CSIET is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international educational travel and exchange programs for young people at the high school level. It functions in a leadership and support role for the youth exchange community with the ultimate goal of ensuring that young people have access to safe and meaningful international experiences. CSIET aims to identify organizations that demonstrate a commitment to good standards in youth exchange, dedication to developing and sharing best practices with the larger youth exchange community, and a belief in the educational value of youth exchange. Each spring,
CSIET publishes an Advisory List of International Educational Travel and Exchange Programs for the benefit of schools, students, and host families.
• Educational Organization Membership: open to educational organizations that are not conducting youth exchange programs ($580 per year for voting membership; $205 per year for associate membership)
• Exchange Organization Membership: open to US-based exchange organizations that conduct international youth exchange programs for secondary-school students ($520-$9,975 per year, based on the number of secondary-school-aged exchange participants the organization has per year)
• Individual Membership: open to individuals who live in the United States ($80 per year)
• International Associate Membership: open to overseas international exchange programs who have been nominated for membership by a CSIET-listed organization ($685 per year)
• Corporate Partner Membership: open to commercial and business entities based in the United States that work with the international youth exchange community ($1,050 per year)
1341 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
Website: devex.com Twitter: @devex
Founded in 2000, Devex is a membership organization that delivers business information and recruitment services to the international development community. Devex employs more than 100 staff in four locations including its Washington, DC, headquarters; Barcelona; Manila; and Tokyo. It aims to help the international community deliver foreign assistance effectively and efficiently. More than 500,000 individuals are registered with the organization, and more than 1,000 of the world's leading development consultancies and NGOs are executive members. A library of reports on development projects are posted on the website and a sixty-person team provides daily coverage of projects and news in the international development industry. The Devex online job board is a comprehensive listing of international development jobs.
• Executive Membership: designed for senior managers and project directors ($99 per month)
• Career Account: open to professionals for job listings and career advice ($19 per month)
Foreign Policy Association (FPA)
470 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016 Telephone: 212-481-8100
Website: fpa.org Twitter: @FPA_ORG
The mission of the FPA, a nonprofit educational organization, is to inspire the American public to learn more about the world. The FPA was originally founded in 1918 as the League of Free Nations Association to support President Woodrow Wilson's efforts to achieve peace. FPA organizes numerous events on diverse topics in international affairs, publishes and distributes books and other publications, sponsors the annual Great Decisions program, produces several free online newsletters, and hosts a resource library and a job bank on its website. FPA also offers Global Career Boot Camps that provide specialized seminars developed by practitioners in the field, networking opportunities, and career guidance.
• Associate Membership ($250 per year)
• National Associate Membership: for those outside the New York City metro area ($75 per year)
• Student Membership ($50 per year; $25 per year outside of NYC)
Forum on Education Abroad
Dickinson College PO Box 1773 Carlisle, PA 17013 Telephone: 717-245-1031 Website: forumea.org Twitter: @ForumEA
The Forum on Education Abroad (FEA) is a nonprofit formed in 2001 with the mission of improving education abroad programs to benefit the students who participate in them. FEA goals include establishing standards of good practice, conducting research to assess outcomes, promoting excellence in curriculum design, and advocating for high-quality education abroad programs at all levels. Members include nearly 500 institutional members that collectively represent more than 90 percent of the US students who study abroad. The website offers free research and publications as well as information on events and a job board.
• US Institution Membership ($696-$2,060 per year, based on number of students sent abroad annually)
• Non-US Institution Membership ($696-$3,606 per year, based on number of US study abroad students received annually)
• Affiliate Organization Membership ($1,030 per year)
• Individual Membership ($155 per year)
1320 19th Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-775-0725
Website: fulbright.org Twitter: @FulbrightAssoc
Founded in 1977, the Fulbright Association is a nonprofit membership organization of Fulbright Program alumni and supporters. The Association supports and promotes international exchange and the ideal most associated with the Fulbright name—mutual understanding among the peoples of the world. With more than fifty chapters across the country, the Association's central focus is to mobilize alumni and other supporters of exchange on behalf of this seminal program created by the late Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. The Association engages in advocacy and provides mechanisms to take organized action on behalf of the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright Association hosts an annual conference on international issues; it also awards the Fulbright Prize to distinguished individuals who have done exceptional work in creating understanding among peoples and cultures. It is linked to seventy independent Fulbright Associations in other countries.
• Individual Membership: open to those who have received a Ful-bright Scholarship ($50 per year; $500 lifetime)
• Friend of Fulbright Membership: open to individuals who support the Fulbright ideals ($40 per year)
• Student Membership ($25 per year)
• Institutional Membership: open to institutions with close ties or interest in the Fulbright Program ($500 per year)
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 210 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-667-8227
Website: interaction.org Twitter: @interactionorg
InterAction, founded in 1984, is an alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. With a coalition of more than 190 private and voluntary organizations (PVOs) operating in developing countries worldwide, InterAction works to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all peoples. InterAction sponsors a broad array of programs and activities that focus on advocacy, development, disaster response, refugees, gender and diversity, and media. InterAction's monthly print newsletter, Monthly Developments—available for $40 annually—covers a wide range of issues in international development and includes an extensive listing of international employment opportunities (see chapter 5 in this volume). In addition, InterAction offers a free weekly listing of employment and internship opportunities in the international development and assistance field. Subscribers receive approximately twenty-five to thirty job announcements each week at US-based humanitarian and development organizations with positions available in the United States and overseas.
• Organizational Membership ($2,000-$46,000 per year, calculated as 15 percent of assessable expenses)
• Associate Membership ($2,000-$20,000 per year, calculated on total expenses)
International Communication Association (ICA)
1500 21st Street, NW Washington DC 20036 Telephone: 202-955-1444 Website: icahdq.org
Since 1950, ICA has been dedicated to advancing the scholarly study of human and mediated communication and to facilitating the implementation of such research findings. Members may join one of the Association's divisions or interest groups, which include interpersonal communication, organizational communication, intercultural/development communication, political communication, communication and technology, language and social interaction, journalism studies, and intergroup communication.
Membership (for US residents):
• Regular Membership: open to scholars and practitioners of communication research who have earned their PhDs ($150 per year)
• Student Membership ($75 per year)
• Sustaining Membership: includes a regular membership, one conference registration, and a $40 donation to the Student Travel Fund ($440)
• Life Membership ($5,000)
• Emeritus Membership: open to scholars who have been an ICA member for twenty continuous years ($50 per year)
• Institutional Membership: open to university departments, except libraries ($250 per year)
International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
National Louis University
1000 Capitol Drive Wheeling, IL 60090
Telephone: 847-947-5881 Website: icet4u.org Twitter: @ICET4U
Founded in 1953, ICET is an international association of educational organizations, institutions, and individuals working toward the improvement of teacher education and all forms of education and training related to national development. ICET promotes the cooperation of higher education and government institutions with the private sector to develop a worldwide network of international development resources. Their programs and services provide members with access to a worldwide resource base of organizations, personnel programs, research, and training opportunities.
• Individual Membership ($50 per year)
• Institutional/Association/Ministry of Education Membership ($300 per year)
International Studies Association (ISA)
University of Arizona 324 Social Sciences Tucson, AZ 85721
ISA, founded in 1959, promotes research and education in international affairs and strives to foster thoughtful discussion and systematic understanding of international issues. ISA, with 6,200 members worldwide in eighty countries, works to create a community of scholars dedicated to international studies. Sections and regional subdivisions as well as caucuses provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with colleagues interested in specific areas within the field of international studies. ISA also sponsors an annual convention where papers, issues, and panel discussions are presented.
• Standard Membership ($40-$330 per year, prorated according to income)
• Student Membership ($25 per year)
• Institutional Membership: designed for libraries and departmental access ($1,350 per year)
Joint National Committee for Languages-National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS)
4646 40th Street, NW, Suite 310 Washington, DC 20016 Telephone: 202-966-8477
Website: languagepolicy.org Twitter: @JNCLInfo
Since 1976, the Joint National Committee for Languages, a nonprofit coalition of more than sixty national language associations, has promoted public awareness of language issues. It represents more than 300,000 professionals. The National Council for Languages and International Studies has worked to translate professional priorities into national policy since 1988. Together, these organizations work to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language. JNCL-NCLIS has many resources on their website, including extensive information on study abroad issues. They also provide information for grant seekers to access funding for language education.
• Organizational Membership: includes organizations encompassing a variety of areas of the language field: the major and less commonly taught languages, including English and English as a Second Language, bilingual education, the classics, linguistics, exchanges, research, technology, and translation
Middle East Institute (MEI)
1761 N Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-785-1141
Since 1946, the mission of MEI has been to increase knowledge of the Middle East among American citizens and to promote understanding between the peoples of the Middle East and the United States. MEI facilitates discussion among academics, government officials, businesspeople, and media representatives; supports research, writing, and public speaking on the Middle East; and hosts international scholars in Washington, DC. MEI also publishes the Middle East Journal and offers courses in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Turkish, as well as seminars highlighting the history, literature, and culture of the Middle East. In addition, MEI houses the largest English-language library on the Middle East outside the Library of Congress. MEI also sponsors conferences and offers internships to both undergraduate and graduate students.
• Individual-Full Membership ($100 per year)
• Individual-Associate Membership ($50 per year)
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
1307 New York Avenue, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 202-737-3699
Website: nafsa.org Twitter: @NAFSA
Established in 1948, NAFSA is a member organization that promotes sound policies in international education and provides professional development opportunities in the form of training, information, and other educational services. The organization is comprised of international program directors, foreign student advisers, study abroad specialists, English as a Second Language (ESL) program administrators, and international admissions officers employed at more than 2,000 US university campuses. NAFSA offers practical resources, relevant training and events, and the latest news in several specific professional areas: study abroad; international education leadership; international student and scholar services; recruitment, admissions, and preparations; and teaching, learning, and scholarship. The NAFSA website features a searchable job registry that is available to the general public.
• Regular Individual Membership ($399 per year and $20 one-time processing fee)
• Associate Individual Membership: available to full-time students, retirees, and community volunteers ($133 per year)
National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) 1900 L Street, NW, Suite 205 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-293-7728 Website: peacecorpsconnect.org Twitter: @pcorpsconnect
NPCA, a nonprofit organization of nearly 50,000 members and 157 affiliated groups, represents people who have served as staff members and volunteers in the Peace Corps. It is not part of the US Peace Corps, which is a federal agency. The mission of the NPCA is to lead the Peace Corps alumni community and others to foster peace by working together in service, education, and advocacy. It aims to educate the American public about other countries, promote policies consistent with Peace Corps values, ensure the continued success of the Peace Corps, and encourage Peace Corps alumni to engage in community and international service. The NPCA website hosts an online career center that is available to the general public, which features a searchable job bank and career advice from returned Peace Corps volunteers.
• Current Peace Corp Volunteer Membership (free)
• First-Time Membership (first year free)
• Individual Membership ($35 per year)
1828 L Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-466-5666 Website: pactworld.org
Since 1971, Pact, a global network of more than 300 organizations, has been working to build the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities in order to meet pressing social needs in countries around the world. With the goal of ending poverty and injustice, Pact's mission is to help build strong communities globally that provide people with an opportunity to earn a dignified living, raise healthy families, and participate in democratic life. Pact achieves this goal by strengthening the capacity of grassroots organizations, coalitions, and networks and by forging linkages among the government, business, and citizen sectors to work for social, economic, and environmental justice. Pact hosts a free job openings listing.
Membership: None indicated.
Peace and Collaborative Development Network
See chapter 9 in this volume.
Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research in the United States of America (SIETAR-USA)
8835 SW Canyon Lane, Suite 238
Portland, Oregon 97225
SIETAR-USA promotes and facilitates intercultural education, training, and research through professional interchange. The Society is composed of interdisciplinary professionals and service organizations that work to implement and promote cooperative interaction and effective communication among diverse peoples. Individual members represent more than sixty countries and come from a diverse array of fields: multinational institutions, NGOs, business and industry, consulting, training, K-12 and higher education, counseling, and all aspects of the media and arts. SIETAR-USA is a UN- and Council of Europe-affiliated nonprofit organization. SIETAR-USA hosts an extensive job board.
• Full Individual Membership ($125 per year)
• Institutional Membership ($500 per year)
• Student Membership ($70 per year)
• Senior Membership ($70 per year)
Society for International Development (SID), Washington, DC, Chapter
1101 15th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 202-331-1317
Website: sidw.org Twitter: @sidwashington
SID-Washington connects a diverse constituency of international relations practitioners, serving as a "knowledge broker" for ideas and best practices since 1957. SID-Washington is an educational membership organization that is a member of similar SIETAR societies spanning the globe. SID International is based in Rome (sidint.org). SID-Washington provides a space for dialogue and connects a dynamic community of individuals and institutions. Membership:
• Institutional Membership ($500-$3,000 per year, based on revenue)
• Regular Membership ($75 per year)
• Retired Membership ($60 per year)
• Young Professional Membership: open to individuals ages 21-27 entering the international development profession ($45 per year)
• Student Membership ($35 per year)
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550 Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-836-0774 or 888-547-3369 (toll-free in the US) Website: tesol.org Twitter: @TESOL_Assn
Founded in 1966, TESOL is an international education association with more than 12,000 members that is dedicated to the effective teaching and learning of English. TESOL promotes scholarship, disseminates information, and advocates credentialed instruction and quality programming. The organization publishes three serial publications and hosts an annual convention. TESOL also offers online and on-site professional development opportunities, as well as an online career center and searchable job bank.
• Professional Membership ($98 per year; $65 per year for incomes less than $25,000)
• New Professional Membership: open to teachers who have been teaching for less than three years ($60 per year)
• Global Professional Membership: open to residents of countries with gross national income per capita of less than $15,000 ($35 per year)
• Retired Professional Membership: open to retired individuals who have been members of TESOL for five of the last ten years ($57 per year)
• Student Membership ($35 per year)
US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)
1129 20th Street, NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-689-8911
Website: usglc.org Twitter: @USGLC
The mission of the USGLC, founded in 1995, is to make diplomacy and development a keystone of American international engagement. USGLC is a broad-based network of more than 400 NGOs and businesses, national security and foreign policy experts, and thousands of faith-based, community, and academic leaders in all fifty states. This coalition educates the American public on the value of smart power and works to protect national security, build international economic prosperity, and strengthen humanitarian values.
• General Organizational Membership ($500 per year)
• Leadership Circle Membership
• Global Trust Membership
• Chairman's Caucus Membership
• Diplomatic Circle Membership
• Supporter Membership (free)
World Affairs Councils of America (WACA)
1200 18th Street, NW, Suite 902
Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: 202-833-4557
Website: worldaffairscouncils.org Twitter: @WACAmerica
WACA was founded in 1918 in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association. It comprises approximately 500,000 members participating in the activities of eighty-four councils and twenty-six affiliates throughout the United States. The World Affairs Councils system operates a speakers program that includes more than 1,200 events per year. Councils also manage international exchange programs, school programs, teachers' workshops, model UN programs, foreign policy discussions, national opinion polls, travel programs, young professionals' programs, conferences, and corporate programs. The system has six flagship programs: Travel the World, Global IQ with the Economist, It's Your World (NPR radio program), Great Decisions, World Affairs Today, and World in Transition.
Membership: Membership is available to organizations, as well as individuals in more than forty states, as well as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Membership costs and benefits vary from regional council to council. Check specific websites for more information.
World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE)
1016 DW Amsterdam
The Netherlands Telephone: +31 20-421-28-00 Website: wysetc.org Twitter: @WYSTC
WYSE was created in 2006 by the merger of the International Student Travel Confederation and the Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations. This new organization continued the mission of "increased international understanding through the promotion of travel and educational opportunities for students and youth" by helping more than 10 million youth and students go abroad to more than 120 countries each year. WYSE also holds an annual World Youth and Student Travel Conference that brings together about 800 delegates from 120 countries who represent the youth, student, and educational travel industry.
• Category 1 Membership: new organizations with low levels of industry activity (€450 per year)
• Category 2 Membership: applies to most organizations, except those with extremely low or high levels of activity in the industry (€1,250 per year)
• Category 3 Membership: reserved for organizations and trading groups with extremely high levels of industry activity (€6,500 per year)
• National Tourism Administrator, Official Tourism Organization, and Nongovernmental Organization Membership (€750 per year)
• Service Partner Membership: for organizations that act as auxiliary members to the youth travel industry (€1,800 per year)
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20006 Website: ypfp.org Twitter: @ypfp
YPFP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2004. Embracing the expressed mission of helping to create the next generation of foreign policy leaders, YPFP organizes professional, educational, and social programs. YPFP has branches in London, New York, Brussels, and Washington, DC. A JobLink job board is available on the
• Individual Membership in the United States ($35 per year)