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Student Organizations

SPEA Student Organizations provide opportunities for students to get involved in their field, school, and community.

SPEA Undergraduate Student Organization (SPEA USO)
Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NPLA)
Indiana Health Student Association (IHSA)
Education Policy Student Association (EDPOSA)
Human Resource Association (HRA-IU)
Public Finance Association (PFA)
Model United Nations (Model UN)


SPEA Undergraduate Student Organization (SPEA USO)

The School of Public and Environmental Affairs Undergraduate Student Organization (SPEA - USO) works to bring together the SPEA undergraduate student body to collectively improve the SPEA undergraduate student experience. In order to meet this mission, the SPEA Undergraduate Student Organization:

  • Advocates on behalf of the interests of the undergraduate student body to the administration by serving as the official undergraduate student governing body at SPEA
  • Provides opportunities for involvement, leadership and development
  • Plans and administers social and professional development programs to increase student interaction with faculty and alumni
  • Promotes social interaction between students of the diverse undergraduate degree programs through unique social programming

Learn more about the SPEA Undergraduate Student Organization!

Contact at

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NPLA)

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (formerly American Humanics) program prepares and certifies future nonprofit professionals according to nationally validated standards. The NPLA certificate is recognized by the nonprofit sector, and is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and expertise essential to emerging leaders in the field of nonprofit management.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certificate is offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to attract, prepare and place students for entry-level positions in the nonprofit sector.

Benefits of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program:

  • Certification in entry-level nonprofit employer competencies
  • Course-work in the foundations and practices of nonprofit management
  • Experiential learning to test practices and principles
  • One-on-one support, career development and mentoring
  • Networking with prospective employers
  • Opportunity to test skills and various nonprofit roles through internships, and through co-curricular and community service activities
  • Potential for references and referrals from agency executive directors, advisory board members, and community leaders
  • Exposure to national nonprofit network of partners and career options
  • Inclusion in resume book sent to all partnering nonprofit agencies
  • Increased sense of connection to the community
  • Opportunity to meet other American Humanics students throughout the country
  • Scholarships

If you are ready to make a difference in your community, contact the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance faculty advisor for IUB: Al Lyons.

NPLA Requirements

NPLA National Homepage

In partnership with:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Camp Adventure
  • Camp Fire Boys and Girls
  • Feeding America
  • Girls Incorporated
  • Girl Scouts of USA
  • March of Dimes
  • National 4H Council
  • National Human Services Assembly
  • National Urban League
  • Volunteers of America
  • Voices for America's Children
  • YMCA
Collaborating Professional Organizations:
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA)
  • Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU)
  • National Center for Nonprofit Boards (NCNB)
  • National Society of Fund Raising Executives (NSFRE)
  • Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC)
  • The Peter F. Drucker Foundation
  • The Society for Nonprofit Organizations (and the Learning Institute)
  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC)

Indiana Health Student Association (IHSA)

IHSA is an organization for public health majors or anyone interested in the current trends of the health care industry. The objectives of IHSA are:

  • to stimulate professional career development and leadership of its members;
  • to provide the opportunity to assemble with students and faculty whose professional interests are in public and environmental health;
  • to keep members informed of recent trends in health related areas;
  • to encourage students to enter the many facets within the health field.

For more information on IHSA, please contact or visit our website.

Education Policy Student Association (EDPOSA)

EDPOSA is a cross-campus organization for all students that facilitates discussion about topics and research surrounding education policy; provides opportunities for interaction between IU students and experts in the field; and serves as an education policy information and resource hub for the IU Bloomington community.  A few of EDPOSA’s main functions include:

  • Inviting diverse speakers with varied perspectives about current issues in education
  • Providing opportunities for student engagement in panel discussions
  • Conducting film screenings of education documentaries and facilitating discourse about the film content and context
  • Organizing internship and career panels to increase student knowledge about the education landscape, and network with professionals in various roles in the education field.

Additionally, current news articles and information about employment opportunities are distributed through the EDPOSA mailing list.  You can also connect to EDPOSA on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about EDPOSA on our website. For more information, contact

Human Resource Association (HRA-IU)

The field of Human Resources provides a dynamic and rapidly growing career path, with the HR department considered the most important part of many large corporations. HRA-IU provides networking/recruiting opportunities, social events, and mass meetings in an effort to spread excitement about the many opportunities in the HR world. The HRA-IU is currently striving to generate and sustain excitement about HR topics as the new Human Resource Management major just cbecame official in SPEA in the fall of 2014. Come out to a mass meeting and see what we're all about! 

Learn more at  

Or feel free to contact us at

Public Finance Association (PFA)

The Public Finance Association (PFA) at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) seeks to organize events and provide a structure to facilitate interaction between students and the municipal finance community, business executives and government finance officials in the following ways:

  • Assist in the professional, educational, and social development of college students interested in all aspects of public finance.
  • Promote the SPEA public finance program at Indiana University both nationally and internationally.
  • Provide a structure for interaction between public finance students and the professional public finance community.
  • Enhance employment opportunities for SPEA public finance students.
  • Assist students in finding school funding and scholarship opportunities.

 The PFA welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students to the organization.  For more information, please contact us at or visit our website.

Model United Nations

The Indiana University Model United Nations team is sponsored by SPEA and co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. As participants in Model UN, SPEA students have the opportunity to travel to intercollegiate conferences and discuss solutions to international policy challenges ranging from piracy to climate change to economic development. Travel to just one conference or join the team for your entire college career.  Model UN is an authentic learning experience because it places students in the role of professional diplomats negotiating an international agreement.  But Model UN is not just for future ambassadors!  By participating, you will develop career skills vital to anyone working in public affairs: negotiation, professionalism, and public-speaking. 

For more information visit our webpage at   You may also contact the student executive board at or faculty advisor Susan Siena at

 Also, take a look at programs sponsored by the SPEA Master's Program--many welcome undergraduate involvement.