Meeting Professionals International (MPI) yesterday announced a suite of programs aimed at its student members, which make up the association's fastest growing membership segment. The number of students in MPI has grown 51 percent over the past year, with more than 1,200 members, according to an association release.
MPI already provides academic scholarships, internships and career opportunities with global organizations to its student members, and now has created an integrated online environment with www.mpiweb.org/students, which is linked to both MPI's Global Student Community GroupSpace and an MPI Facebook Global Student Community Group. On the site, students worldwide can connect with peers, share knowledge, and explore career opportunities.
"I think the MPI student community provides great opportunity to help us students know each other and share knowledge. Many times we are too busy to make all the local MPI Chapter meetings and online alternatives allow us to connect globally when we can. With helpful articles and discussion, we now have access to information we don't always have the time to find. I think it is a great concept," said Nicole Cochran, MPI student member and graduate business student at George Washington University, in the release.
The student community also links to the newly redesigned MPI Career Connections talent and opportunity marketplace.
MPI has also launched a Future Leaders Forum program in cooperation with IMEX. Nineteen Forums have hosted 2,000 students around the world since the program's launch in 2003, with 80 percent of the participant's indicating the experience increased their interest in a career in the industry. In 2008, MPI/IMEX Future Leaders Forums will take place in Warsaw, London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Las Vegas.