About YP Membership

Information for Young Professionals in marketing

Kick-start your career with the IAA

IAA has always been dedicated to developing the young talent in the marketing and communications industry – we offer programs for students as well as those who have taken for their first step on the career ladder.

IAA’s Young Professionals exists solely to enable young professionals and senior students to get a firm foothold in the industry. The interest group is made up of dynamic young people, working alongside senior Chapter members – all interested in being part of the marketing communications network.

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There are already more than 1,000 Young Professional IAA members worldwide, with Chapters in 12 countries.

These Young Professionals have tapped into the IAA’s collective knowledge base and network. They benefit from: networking events, seminars on hot topics in the industry and other opportunities such as informal mentoring and advice, which would be difficult to obtain without the support of the IAA.

To find out how you can benefit from our network see the types of events we organize specially for our Young Professionals interest group.


Join our network

Joining our network of young, like-minded people couldn’t be easier - simply contact your local Young Professionals Chapter.
If you cannot find a Young Professionals Chapter local to you but would still like to enjoy the benefits of the IAA membership then you can do so by joining your local IAA Chapter.

How it all works

Those wishing to join as Young Professional members may apply to do via their local Young Professionals Chapter. Young Professional membership will be for a maximum of five years, after such time, Young Professional members may be duly proposed, seconded and approved, in order to become full individual members.
If you cannot find a Young Professionals Chapter local to you but would still like to enjoy the benefits of the IAA membership then you can do so by joining your local IAA Chapter.

Why join?

There are many reasons why it is beneficial to join the IAA at this early stage in your career:
  • Access to industry events– seminars, international Congresses, working lunches
  • Discounts for industry events - Young Professional Members are entitled to a discount on registration fees for IAA Congresses and conferences as determined by the organizers for these meetings
  • Networking opportunities– meet other young people similarly embarking on the same journey as you. Share tips, ideas and best practices
  • Mentoring opportunities – you will put yourself within arms reach of those who have already made it. You’ll have their time and attention and an opportunity for informal mentoring and advice
  • Learning opportunities – you’ll have opportunities to keep your finger on the pulse of major industry issues such as impact of web 2.0
If you are interested in joining the IAA as a Young Professional Member, then contact your local Young Professional Chapter.

Alternatively, if you would like to communicate with someone in person, feel free to contact Karen Carter, IAA Vice President-Young Professionals

Stay connected

Since the establishment of the first IAA Young Professionals Group in 1964 several Chapters have been founded - most of them following individual concepts and structures. The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the International Advertising Association is convinced in agreement, that the strength of this important member group can be highly improved by global conformity of market positioning, core messages, membership structures and values.

By reaching this target of best possible alignment among all IAA YP Chapters this will enable both to build a strong and solid basis for the global growth of IAA Young Professionals and to strengthen the IAA brand awareness and value.
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