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Student Membership

Boost your career through ILA’s global network and trusted leadership resources. 

Student Membership Supports Your Leadership Journey

  • Access a global community with members in 107 countries — from Australia to Zimbabwe — providing opportunities for networking, collaborating, and researching.
  • Meet and learn from the authors, scholars, and researchers whose work you read.
  • Share your work and test your ideas via ILA’s discussion listservs or by responding to CFPs for peer reviewed conference presentations and publications.
  • Attend global events, specialized conferences, webinars, and members-only networking events in-person and virtually.
  • Showcase your skills through participation in the International Student Case Competition.
  • Discover new ideas, models, and practices that you can use in your research and your organizations.
Membership Type Member Dues in USD

Interested in signing up a group of students?
Visit our graduate student group/cohort membership page for details.

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Hear Success Stories Directly from Our Members

“As a doctoral student working full time in the technology sector, I highly value my ILA membership because it provides easy access to resources, networks, and leadership conferences that support my success in the workplace and the classroom.”
Karen Perham-Lippman
Karen Perham-Lippman
PhD Candidate, CDP, CAGS, is Jensen Hughes’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

Take Advantage of These Opportunities & More at ILA

ILA Internship Opportunities 

ILA offers both paid and unpaid internships throughout the year. ILA’s internship program is a terrific opportunity for those studying or interested in leadership, non-profits, marketing, communications, event planning, market research, web design, social media strategy, and data analytics.

Annual Global Conferences 

At ILA’s global conferences 1,200+ attendees – including leadership scholars, practitioners, educators, program directors, consultants, students, and other leaders and leadership professionals – share and explore the latest in leadership thinking, research and practice. The conferences include over 400 high-quality workshops, panels, presentations, roundtables and posters; thought-provoking keynote speakers; exhibition times; and networking events including the Leadership Author Meet and Greet reception.

Virtual & In-Person Topical Conferences & Summits

ILA’s virtual and in-person topical conferences and summits provide deep dives into important topics of interest. These events often include poster sessions that are ideal places for students to showcase their work.  The smaller event size can also enhance networking opportunities!

ILA International Student Case Competition 

The competition provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to compete and showcase their knowledge about leadership through the analysis of a contemporary socio-political-economic problem on the global or national level. Teams compete in two divisions, undergraduate and graduate. The top three teams in each division are recognized at the closing plenary of the ILA conference. The team in each division that takes top honors receives complimentary 1-year memberships to the ILA and a $1,000 cash prize to divide among team members.

Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award 

The ILA is pleased to partner with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond on the Fredric M. Jablin Doctoral Dissertation Award. This award is given annually to a scholar whose doctoral dissertation research, while on any topic and from any discipline, demonstrates substantial insights and implications for the study of leadership. The award was established to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Fredric M. Jablin (1952-2004).

The Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award 

ILA and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) partner to sponsor the annual Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award to recognize outstanding unpublished papers by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is named in honor of the distinguished scholar and former Chief Executive Officer of the Center. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize; one-year membership in the ILA; registration, travel and lodging at the ILA global conference; and recognition at the ILA conference and in various multi-media ILA publications.

Emerging Scholars Research Consortium Display Poster

(for graduate students and junior scholars/faculty)

A visual display (poster) of current research set up and staffed by the creator, presented to an invitation-only group of seasoned senior scholars during the Emerging Scholars Research Consortium (ESRC) session at the ILA annual global conference. Accepted participants are also invited to publicly present their posters during the conference’s hosted poster session. Accepted participants will be matched by research interest with a seasoned scholar prior to the conference and will engage in meaningful dialogue and receive valuable feedback and advice.