Student Organizations

Why should you join a student group?

Research shows that students who participate in student organizations are more likely to stay in school, get better grades, be happier in college, learn more, get better jobs, make more money, and graduate.

Networking, networking, networking. Who you know in the field will help you get your foot in the door.
Student Orgs are the best way to knock on the door! 

Develop invaluable leadership skills. Be better prepared to enter the job market. Successfully tackling organization events and projects shows your potential to an employer.  

Better yourself as a student and beyond! Research from a recent National Association of College and Employers shows that students who join student organizations are much more likely to:

  • Have higher GPAs
  • Stay in college and graduate
  • Have higher self-esteem and self-confidence

Add to your resume!
Your experience outside of the classroom will make your resume stand out from other applicants. Recruiters look for students with Student Org experience and will want to talk with you. 

Learn about your major in a real world setting. See what you are learning in class come to life and experience, in a real way, what your future will be!

Active groups include:

A&O Connect

The Athletic and Outdoor Connect student group at Portland State University links students with outdoor industry leaders and resources to create lasting relationships and build strong networks. Our goal is to bridge the worlds of business and academia to establish an environment of shared learning and mentorship. Throughout the school year, A&O Connect hosts networking events, guest speakers and firm tours for students within the Athletic and Outdoor Industry Certificate program and anyone who is interested in this industry. 

Alpha Kappa Psi (Professional Business Fraternity)

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKΨ, or AKPsi) believes in developing academic and professional excellence in future business leaders (today’s college students) through the planning, execution and attendance of a variety of professional, social, service and fundraising events. AKΨ is open to students of all majors – no matter which field you choose to pursue, basic business skills can help you get there and will help you succeed once you do.

Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting & Finance Honors Society)

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi creates networking opportunities with firms, professionals and professors, increases access to the accounting recruiting process, and surrounds members with like-minded peers.

Entrepreneurship Club

The Entrepreneurship Club (E-Club) fosters entrepreneurship by turning ideas into businesses and organizations that impact the world and provide students with a path to pursuing their dreams. E-Club brings together aspiring student entrepreneurs to network, pool resources, share ideas and explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems on campus and in the greater Portland Metropolitan region.

Financial Management Association

The Financial Management Association (FMA) of Portland State University acts as a direct liaison between students and business communities. Through professional speakers, company tours, internships and students are provided with opportunities to develop leadership, gain professional training and make employment contacts. It is our goal to create as many opportunities as possible for students in the School of Business at PSU by creating a student culture that strives for success in the classroom and desires skills to succeed as professionals. 

FIR Advertising

FIR Advertising is a student-run, nonprofit advertising agency providing creative, account management, research, and media buying and planning services at no cost to clients in the Portland area. Students have the opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-world projects and experience what it's like to produce work for real clients, all while building a valuable portfolio of work to present to employers in job interviews. In exchange, clients benefit from the expertise of PSU's award-winning advertising students to solve their business problems. FIR accepts 10 to 12 applicants into the agency each term. Students earn two credits P/NP in addition to experience to add to their resumes.

Human Resource Management Association

The Human Resource Management Association (HRMA) is a student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, sponsored by the Portland Human Resource Management Association. PSU HRMA offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of HRM topics and to begin building a professional network for your future. Our professional network in the Portland area is extensive and comprised of top HR professionals. 

Net Impact

Net Impact’s mission is to serve PSU and the Portland community by enabling positive change through business in pursuit of a sustainable future. We want to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world. 

Portland State Advertising and Marketing Club

Portland State Advertising & Marketing Club works with students, staff and business professionals. We strive to provide resources and create and improve marketing and advertising strategies and techniques. We host school events in regards to understand marketing problems and gain new knowledge; such as networking events, professional speakers, firm tours and socials. We want to connect students to the Advertising & Marketing community and resources to foster growth in our member’s careers. 

Supply and Logistics Management Association

The Supply and Logistics Management Association (SLMA) provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the supply and logistics field through networking events with local professionals and prepare students for their careers in the field. The SLMA also offers opportunities for students to practice and hone their knowledge and understanding as well as provide knowledge and talent to other student groups and the university.

Women Inspiring Leadership

Women Inspiring Leadership (WIL) empowers, supports, and encourages women to become successful leaders in business. We want to engage and foster a network of students, alumni, and working professionals to build relationships and inspire each other as leaders. WIL is an inclusive group and believes collaboration among all gender identities, races, and ethnicities is crucial to pursuing our mission and promoting equality in the business community. We host various events across the year, such as guest speakers, panels and networking events.