Pi Sigma Alpha

Member Benefits

Pi Sigma Alpha offers exclusive member benefits to help you stand out, connect with other political science majors, and succeed in your future or current career path. As Pi Sigma Alpha continues to grow and prosper, the scope of member benefits may expand to provide even more resources for our student and alumni members.

Lifetime Membership

Pi Sigma Alpha members only pay a one-time fee to join. The $35 membership fee is one of the lowest of any honors society in the country.

Join an Established Community of Scholars and Professionals

Joining Pi Sigma Alpha is a great way to connect with other students, faculty, and career professionals interested in political science and public policy. Over 300,000 individuals have joined PSA since 1920, including a range of prominent politicians, scholars, and nonprofit and business leaders.

Financial Assistance & Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha provides funding to members and chapters through scholarships for graduate school and internships in Washington, DC, best paper and thesis awards, as well as chapter activity grants.

Start as a GS-7 Federal Employee

According to the US Office of Personnel Management, "membership in a national honor society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service." Whereas, college graduates without similar experiences can expect to start at the GS-5 level.

Participation in Student Conference

Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate members are eligible to present their research at the annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference, which connects students, faculty, and career professionals from around the country.

Make a Difference on Campus and in Your Community

Pi Sigma Alpha chapters give back to their campuses and communities through a range of sponsored events and volunteer activities. In addition, many chapters promote civic engagement through registration and Get-Out-the-Vote drives.

Discounted APSA Membership

Pi Sigma Alpha student members now have access to join APSA at a discounted rate of $26. APSA members gain complete access to APSA’s benefits and resources including the eJobs job board and the APSA Mentoring Program. Student Members can join any of APSA’s 51 Organized Sections, 39 of which currently offer waived dues for student members. If you are a member, please contact the national office at office@pisigmaalpha.org for more information about how to access this benefit.

Right to Wear Graduation Regalia

Pi Sigma Alpha members can stand out from the crowd on graduation day and celebrate their academic achievements by wearing graduation regalia.