AiA Resources and Information for Students and Emerging Professionals

The American Society on Aging offers several opportunities for students and emerging professionals to learn and connect with each other and professionals in the field. Additionally, we are pleased to offer the following resources to help full-time students attend the 2020 Aging in America Conference.

Student Volunteer Program

The ASA Student Volunteer Program provides you with a full conference pass and connects you with fellow students who, like you, are committed to improving the quality of life for older adults. As a student volunteer you will help support the conference and have the opportunity to learn from national leaders and professionals from around the country. Qualified student applicants who are accepted to the volunteer program will receive complimentary registration to the 2020 Aging in America Conference in exchange for volunteering during the conference. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities

Morning Buzz With the STEP Group

Join your fellow students and emerging professionals for coffee before you start your day on Wednesday. Make a new friend or conference buddy and share notes during the week. Open to students and emerging professionals only.

STEP Peer Group

The goal of this peer group is strengthen interprofessional connections among students and emerging professionals and to increase the capacity of a workforce trained to care for older adults and their families. The purpose is to deliberately carve out a space for emerging professionals to convene, build collaborative bonds and transdisciplinary networks that will exist beyond the annual conference. 

Corps of Accomplished Professionals (CAPS) and Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Shared Learning and Mentoring

The Corps of Accomplished Professionals (CAPS) will join with the Students and Emerging Professionals Group at the conference to innovate and transform mentoring to develop leaders, enhance careers through shared learning and relationships. The field of aging services has a growing need for people to join the field and to become today's and tomorrow's leaders. Join us for a dynamic discussion, which will share what is important to participants of all ages and career stages

STEP Speed Mentoring: Individual and Group Mentoring

The Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Network presents an opportunity for Speed Mentoring at the conference. In the individual sessions, mentors and mentees meet for at least two rotations, giving mentees an opportunity to meet at least two potential mentors. Mentees will practice their self-introductions and be clear about their objectives for potential mentoring. In the group session, mentees will have at least two rounds in a group setting to discuss career or leadership questions. Participants for all sessions must complete a short survey to confirm participation in this limited space event.

Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP)

Student members of ASA are also encouraged to connect with ASA's Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) group. Each year STEP organizes networking and orientation activities during the Aging in America Conference.