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What professional organizations are best to join for civil and environmental engineers?

I am currently and undergraduate student in Civil Engineering and would specialize in Environmental Engineering as a graduate student.

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Association of Civil and Environmental Engineers (ACEE)

The Association of Civil and Environmental Engineers is a non-profit organization dedicated to these two interrelated fields of engineering. The ACEE is dedicated to offering a platform for networking, sharing information through its journal, hosting international conferences, providing financial aid for research work, discount on fees for training programs etc. While most other associations charge annual fees, this association charges very low administration fees for a period of 10 years (for students, it is $100 or $150).

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Hi Ashley,

It depends on what area you will focus on or may be you want to try them all.

There are many professional organizations. Below link is a very comprehensive list from Penn State University website: http://guides.libraries.psu.edu/c.php?g=375828&p=2546873

However, during my school years, I have joined American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Justin recommends the following next steps:

Join professional organizations in school and taste the water first
If you like the area they focus, try to stick with them and hold positions of student organization first to see how the organization operates
If you decide to switch another organization, you can try to connect with professionals in the organization and ask them what organization can help students to achieve their goals