About Meeting Professionals International

MPI Student Chapter - Est. 2015

The Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism, and Event Management program’s Student Chapter of MPI was established in 2015. Our mission is to enhance the professionalism and knowledge of the special events and meeting planning industry within our organization and its members. We focus on the paramount needs of a successful structure in succeeding in the field of meeting and event planning.

MPI is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities, and business exchanges and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals, including more than 17,000 engaged members and its Plan Your Meetings audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries.


The IUP MPI chapter is affiliated with the Pittsburgh MPI chapter. Learn more about the benefits of student membership.

Student membership is available to those individuals enrolled in a post-secondary academic program with emphasis in the meeting, hospitality, events, and tourism-related industries leading to qualification as a regular member. The student must be enrolled in either a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program unless the academic institution defines it otherwise.

The Top 5 Reasons for Students to Join MPI include...

  • Specialized Job and Internship Opportunities - Access the MPI Career Center with industry-specific opportunities available

  • Committee Involvement – Get involved in our committees to make those vital connections to launch your career after graduation.

  • Volunteer Hours - By volunteering, student members have a great way to network with our industry professionals and interact with them firsthand.

  • Discounted Membership Post Graduation - With the Student in Transition program, you can continue to take advantage of all MPI has to offer once you graduate at a tiered discounted rate. You must be a student member to qualify for the rates once you graduate.

  • Student Grants and Scholarships - The MPI Foundation gives away thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to global members for membership dues, conferences and travel, and education.

MPI Faculty Advisor

Reach out to the faculty advisor for more information.

Nicole Buse (nicole.buse@iup.edu)