Apply for the AAUW Student Advisory Council

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Each year 10 students are selected to serve on the National Student Advisory Council (SAC) and become AAUW ambassadors on their campuses. SAC members have the unique opportunity to advise a national women’s organization on the needs of college students, to hone and grow their leadership skills, to network with amazing student leaders and distinguished women nationwide, and to attend two leadership events in the Washington, D.C., area.

Applications for the 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council will be available August 3, 2015.

Responsibilities of SAC Members

Serve as a leader for AAUW on your campus by

  • Attending the SAC weekend leadership retreat in Washington, D.C. (expenses paid for by AAUW)
  • Participating in monthly conference calls with AAUW staff
  • Joining online discussions with fellow SAC members
  • Marketing AAUW programs on campus
  • Recruiting e-student affiliates and graduate student members on your campus
  • Collaborating with your local AAUW branch and state leadership
  • Organizing Equal Pay Day activities on campus
  • Creating an individual action project that tackles another AAUW issue of interest

Serve as a leader at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) by

  • Participating in the conference planning process
  • Promoting and publicizing NCCWSL on your campus and beyond
  • Attending NCCWSL (expenses paid for by AAUW)
  • Escorting and introducing Women of Distinction honorees and other speakers
  • Organizing and hosting conference networking activities
  • Providing on-site conference support to participants as peer leaders

Be the first to know when SAC applications open.

Sign up to receive a notification when applications go online. You will receive additional information about the application process in late summer.


Qualified SAC members must

  • Attend a two- or four-year accredited institution
  • Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills
  • Possess student leadership experience (on or off campus and in your community)
  • Have a basic understanding of and interest in women’s equality issues
  • Be eager to network and exchange ideas on the monthly conference calls, via e-mail, on Facebook, and in person at the SAC leadership retreat and NCCWSL

When Can I Apply?

The 2015–16 application period will officially open August 3, but interested students can start preparing to apply for the next cycle today! Get some insight on our application process below, and fill out our form to be the first to know when applications are available.

Start Preparing to Apply for the 2015–16 SAC

  • Check to see if your school is an AAUW college/university partner member. If so, your application will get special consideration.
  • Consider what meaningful connections you have with faculty, administrators, or community leaders, who can attest to your leadership skills and write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Update your résumé (maximum two pages). Tailor your resume to the SAC; it should supplement what you’ve written in your application. Make sure that reviewers can clearly see how you meet the qualifications and can fulfill the responsibilities of the program.
  • Start thinking about your previous experience and how it relates to the advancement of women and girls.

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