Intern View: Value of Membership

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Intern View: Value of Membership

 By: Kennedy Miller, student at the University of Maryland, print and digital publications intern at AASA

            The goal of an internship is to get work experience, connect with professionals and understand the industry you’re interning in. Throughout my internship, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with members of the AASA staff and gain an appreciation of the core values and entities of the association. As an intern, this has been beneficial in understanding the organization’s culture, the value of the work that AASA staff does and the impact webinars, toolkits, conferences and membership programs have on educational leaders. 

            I met with Meghan Moran, senior director of membership and marketing. As a fellow marketer, I enjoyed learning from an experienced professional. She offered interesting insights on the marketing field and working for an association. This is my first experience working at an association like this and it’s fulfilling to know the work done at AASA pursues a mission and strives for success for educational leaders across the country. 

            Moran explained how she works across departments to help deliver benefits and content to AASA members, such as weekly newsletters and editions of School Administrator magazine -- materials I’ve had the opportunity to work on before meeting with her. Later in the week, I took a deeper dive into understanding AASA’s membership program and had a conversation with Lori Vines, director of membership and affiliate services. 

            AASA’s membership program serves more than 9,000 members and 13,500 school districts, representing 50 million students. Becoming an AASA member benefits superintendents, cabinet-level educational leaders and education professionals, and aspiring school leaders. As an AASA member, educational leaders receive federal advocacy and representation, subscriptions to School Administrator, access to newsletters and toolkits, networking opportunities and discounts on professional learning opportunities, conferences and other events. 

            One of the biggest tangible benefits of membership for superintendents is AASA’s legal support system and professional liability insurance. Superintendents face legal issues and controversy daily. It’s comforting to know they can receive support and resources to face these issues with the help of AASA. 

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