Who We Are
The Student Chapters at Boston University and Lasell College are dedicated to serving the catering and events industry by helping to develop highly qualified, well-prepared professionals.
One of the most valuable benefits of the NACE Student Chapter is the monthly meetings with the Professional Chapter. Attending monthly meetings allows students to meet professional NACE members and make connections. Each meeting is held at a different location in the Boston area and has either an educational program, renowned speaker or trend insight; as well as a networking portion. Past meeting locations have been: The Hampshire House, Langham Hotel, Granite Links Golf Club, Smith & Wollensky, Lombardo’s and the list goes on! These meetings are the perfect opportunity to branch out and meet other students, vendors and professionals within your industry!
A highlight of NACE is the Educational Conference held each summer. It is the largest event in the world dedicated exclusively to the professional caterer and industry suppliers. Nationally recognized speakers and catering professionals present a comprehensive educational program. Exciting social events showcase the best and brightest in menu planning, food preparation, service, presentation and decorations. Equally important are the contacts you develop with your peers and the ongoing networking resources that you take home. Students have the opportunity to apply and attend Experience! when they are part of a NACE Student Chapter.
The student chapter offers many ways for students to be awarded scholarships. The scholarships offered are a mixture of both merit and need-based, so there is no excuse for a student member to not apply! There are three different types of scholarships that students can qualify for: The Vince DeFinis and Foundation of NACE Scholarship, New England NACE Student Chapter Scholarship and Student Chapter Experience! Conference Scholarship.
Career, Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
The NENACE website and NACE Student Chapter has a dedicated Group page with volunteer, career and internship opportunities posted regularly. Students can take advantage of being the first to know when a NACE member needs help or a position filled if they are part of the student chapter!
Student Run Program
The Student Chapter has the opportunity to present to the New England NACE Chapter their own meeting/program in March 2017. This student run and student managed program gives student members the opportunity to run their own monthly meeting and showcase what they have learned throughout their student career. Members love to attend this student run program because it gives them insight on the new latest trends from a younger generation. It also gives all members a chance to see what potential the each student possesses to become the future of the event industry.
Participation in a Committee
Any student chapter member can be part of a committee to assist the New England NACE Professional Board. For instance, the Program Chairs often need assistance in planning and setting up the monthly NACE meetings, so students can help out with this process by being part of their committee. Feeding our Neighbors, New England NACE’s Community Service Organization is also a great project that needs committee members. The professional board members always need assistance with their board duties, so forming or being part of a committee is a great way to help them and learn more about the boards’ responsibilities.
This membership is available to individuals enrolled as a FULL-TIME student at Boston University or Lasell College in an undergraduate or graduate program.
Other Ways to Participate
How To Join
Once you are a member you can access our exclusive student chapter Facebook Group page, which has exclusive job & internship opportunities!
*Please note - This membership will not be approved until proof of enrollment is received.
Lasell College Student Chapter Liaison
Boston University Student Chapter Liaison
Calendar of Events
Boston University Student Meetings
First Monday of every month. 5:30pm E Board/6:00pm General Meeting
Lasell College Student Meetings
Wednesday before the NACE Event. 7:30pm E-Board/8:00pm General Meeting
First Tuesday of every month 5:30-8:30pm (Venues vary)
*To attend each professional meeting you must RSVP to our monthly emails.