The Ambassadorship Program is a new aspect of the Penn State SPE chapter launched in 2017. The primary goal of the Ambassadorship Program is to get Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering majors at Penn State Commonwealth Campuses involved in SPE activities early on in their college careers. With the implementation of the Penn State SPE Ambassadorship Program, freshman and sophomore PNG E students at Commonwealth Campuses can meet other PNG E majors from other campuses, get involved in SPE activities, and gain valuable connections with industry representatives before they transfer to Penn State University Park in the Fall of junior year.
Prior to the creation of the Ambassadorship Program, the Penn State SPE chapter noticed a culture gap between students that completed their degree solely at University Park and those that completed the 2+2 program. Even though the majority of the 2+2 program students belonged to SPE throughout their freshman and sophomore years, those students simply were not getting the benefits of being at University Park and being with the Penn State SPE chapter such as technical talks, rig tours, and networking opportunities.
In order to bridge the gap between Penn State SPE and the students at Commonwealth Campuses, the Ambassadorship Program will hold information sessions at branch campuses, schedule joint rig tours, and have “get-to-know” Penn State University Park opportunities in State College. The focus on building and strengthening the Penn State SPE Ambassadorship program will lead to a more involved and reputable future for the Penn State PNG E program.