Professional organizations are associations wherein students can connect with professionals in their field of interest. These organizations have resources, mentorship programs, educational initiatives, and internship and outreach opportunities available to students. Students who identify as women may face career and professional challenges that men do not. For this reason, there are a number of professional organizations specifically for and dedicated to women.
The Global Fund for Women is an organization that fights for gender equality by asserting the rights of women and girls. Some of the work they do includes combating violence, promoting economic justice, and furthering sexual and reproductive health and rights. In addition, the organization provides funding for gender justice movements, gives crisis and innovation grants, and posts news pertaining to the feminist movement. It is easy to apply for various positions at the Fund on their website found here.
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a worldwide network that focuses on advancing women in STEM through leadership and research to create systemic change. The Association offers newsletters, scholarships and grants, and virtual career fairs. In addition, they have a member spotlight to shine a light on women and their research in various STEM fields. AWIS is partnered with numerous institutions, including AstraZeneca, Duke University, and Pfizer. Using their Career Center web page, students can quickly find many jobs.
The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) connects businesswomen from various fields and provides opportunities wherein they can grow personally and professionally. ABWA accomplishes this through networking, education, and national recognition of members. As a member, one can take online courses to help prepare for challenges in the workplace. In addition, the Association holds annual national conferences to promote women in business and educate members. They also have their own Career Center and offer resumé, references, and career coaching services.
For more information about these professional organizations and more, check out their links and the Center for Career Development’s website here.
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