The LSA recognizes that students are the future of our profession, and organizes numerous programs, services, events, and other benefits to enhance their professional development, make participation in signal events like our Annual Meeting and Lingusitic Institute more afforidable, and provide guidance to students thruoghout their scholarly careers.  A few of these benefits (designated with an *) are limited to LSA student members, but most are freely available. 

Benefits Related to the LSA Annual Meeting

  • Complimentary meeting registration for LSA student members who volunteer eight hours of their time over the course of the meeting.  Watch for  a call for volunteers in early September.  The LSA needs approximately 50 volunteers.*
  • Friday evening graduate panel session with a student-specific agenda 
  • Student Lounge with light refreshments, free wifi, and resource materials
  • Expert Sessions on topics such as CV construction, professional self-presentation, applying for grants, and more
  • Pop-Up Mentoring and access to the Linguistics Mentoring Alliance [forthcoming]
  • Diversity Travel Grants: provide funding for students from underrepresented ethnic minorities to attend the Annual Meeting
  • Student Abstract Award: cash prizes are given for the three highest-rated abstracts authored solely by students*
  • Elizabeth Dayton Award: provides funding for a graduate student in sociolinguistis to attend the Annual Meeting*
  • Student Mixer: enjoy a few hours' R&R with your fellow students at a fun offsite venue, courtesy of the LSA and the Committee for Student Issues and Concerns
  • Job Interview Servicestudents may leave CV's and arrange for interviews with designated employers at no charge.  Employers may arrrange to collect CV's, advertise their job onilne or in print with the LSA, and conduct job interviews, all for a nominal fee.

Benefits Related to LSA Membership

Benefits related to the LSA's Linguistic Institutes and CoLang

  • Eligibility to apply for one of dozens of fellowships covering tuition (and sometimes more) at the LSA's biennial Linguistic Instiutes and CoLang*
  • Student focus groups and professional development workshops
  • Pop-Up Mentoring
  • Directory of Institute faculty mentors and topics

Benefits related to Publications and Audiovisual Resources:

  • Eligibility to submit your article for publication in the LSA's journals: Language*, Phonological Data & Analysis*, Semantics & Pragmatics
  • Eligibility to have your peer-reviewed pubilcations promoted in the Student Research Spotlight*
  • Priority registration for LSA webinars*

Other Programs and Services of Special Interest to Students

  • Student Internship Program: paid and volunteer student internships give students an opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital.
  • Student Ambassador Initiative: the LSA's Student Ambassadors generate awareness of the LSA and strengthen its connections with linguistics programs and departments across the country.*
  • LSA online Jobs Center, including job listings, career development resources, and more.
  • Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group: a programming resource for students seeking career opportunities outside academic settings.*
  • Why Major In Linguistics? brochure
  • North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)
  • Directory of Linguistics Programs and Departments
  • Free membership for K-12 students and teachers