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College Relations & Emerging Professionals

College Relations promotes a mutually beneficial relationship between RI SHRM Professionals and its SHRM Student Members. College Relations also partners with local colleges & universities to establish SHRM Student Chapters.

Be Ready for the Workplace & Inspired to Make it Better

SHRM student membership is designed for students actively pursuing a degree. For only $49 per year, you gain access to a treasure trove of resources to help you launch your career in HR. Stay up-to-date with industry trends and best practices as you sharpen your skills and expand your expertise.

Join a community of more than 325,000 members worldwide. Never be at a loss for mentors, role models or those all important connections. Learn and advance throughout all stages of your career with continuously growing.

Join now! Just $49/year! >

URI SHRM Student Chapter

HR & Management Spring Showcase: Networking & Industry Expert Panel

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 |  4:30 - 6:00 PM | URI Hope Room

Interested in areas like DEI, Learning and Development, Consulting, Recruitment, and University Relations? Then this event is for you!

Panelists from employers such as PPL Corporations, FM Global, Bay Coast Bank, and Lifespan.

First part of the event is networking and social hour with appetizers and will proceed with panel discussion. Opportunity to enter in some raffles.


National Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Each year, SHRM Foundation distributes over $400,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduates studying the field of HR.

Learn more about our undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities HERE.

RI SHRM also provides scholarship opportunities at the local level. 

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Preparing Future Leaders Today for a Better Workplaces Tomorrow

A Podcast by SHRM and SHRM Foundation to Inspire Students and Emerging Professionals to Pursue Their Careers in HR.

Career Compass - a podcast bringing you conversations with HR professionals and experts on what they don't teach you in school.

This podcast will help you navigate the world of work with career-oriented topics that are applicable at every stage of your career.

Subscribe today! 

Signature Event

Emerging Leaders Networking Event

This special annual event connects local HR leaders, entry level and early-career professionals, and RI's student SHRM chapter members for a night of career advising, networking, and mentorship. Panelists representing various stages of diverse career paths in the field of HR share their industry knowledge and experience, discuss their unconventional professional journeys, and advise emerging leaders about their career possibilities and trajectories.

View our 2023 Event

Pamela Thornton

RI SHRM College Relations & Emerging Professionals Director

Pam has spent over 25 years in human resources; 10 years in private industry in HR capacities for nationally-recognized companies including LEGO Systems, Inc. and K2 Sports where she directed 200+ people teams across the country involving a wide array of HR functions including performance management, training and engagement and has been with the Employers Association of the NorthEast since 2014 serving the human resources needs of the members. She is a seasoned veteran in the recruiting industry, working with companies on executive-level placement.

Contact Pam to learn more about local College Relations & Emerging Professionals initiatives and to join the College Relations Committee. Email Pam at ri.shrm.collegerelations@gmail.com.

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