Through local student chapters and international programs, SPE serves more than 73,000 student members globally,
offering many resources and opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and enhance their skills.
Student chapters are linked to universities around the world and are supported by local sections. Active student members work closely with their sponsoring SPE Section, faculty advisors, and department heads to host industry-related events. Participation in your local student chapter provides an opportunity to network with peers and local industry professionals, leading to potential career-advancing connections and skills.
Visit the SPE Chapter page for more information on how to find, operate, and establish your local SPE Chapter.
PhD student members can access Technical Communities and Technical Sections by submitting proof of enrollment (i.e. – transcript, a letter from the registrar, etc.) and expected completion date of doctoral studies (MM/DD/YYYY). Submit your request for access to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are approaching graduation, you can qualify to become an SPE Professional Member for free. This membership opens up new SPE opportunities for you. Keep your SPE profile up to date, and tell SPE when you're graduating.
Young Member Engagement Committee
The Young Member Engagement Committee (YMEC) is a global team of SPE members who ensure that young professional and student engagement remains a top priority for SPE. YMEC reports directly to the SPE Board of Directors and is responsible for international student activities.
International Student Programs
If your university does not have an SPE Chapter and you want to get involved, we have a variety of local and global programs.
The Ambassador Lecturer Program (ALP) educates, informs, and develops the industry's future engineers. Young professionals visit Chapters, universities and schools in their region to disseminate E&P industry information, answer questions, and share their experiences.
Through eMentoring, Student Members can connect and learn industry insights while gaining practical career advice from young and experienced professionals. It's easy to communicate via email, video calls, LinkedIn, or other social media platforms at a chosen time that suits both individuals.
The Career Pathways Fair gives you a chance to meet with specialists from multiple disciplines for quick fire mentoring and gain insight into possible career paths. Held as both physical and virtual events we provide all young engineers, students and YPs an opportunity to speak with experienced professionals in an informal environment.
SPE offers scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees related to the oil and gas industry. International recipients are selected by an international panel of judges each year. Local Section-sponsored scholarships may also be available.
Drillbotics® is an international competition for university students requiring hands-on experience by petroleum, mechanical, electrical, and control engineers who must build and operate a lab-scale working drilling rig.
This global online forum is for members to discuss technical and non-technical topics. Ask about upcoming events, technical advice, and industry updates, or simply form friendships with like-minded members around the world.
Give back to SPE and the industry with the League of Volunteers! SPE Cares workshops and team-building exercises are just some of the opportunities available for students to develop your skills.
More Student Resources
The SPE Technical Knowledge for Graduating Engineers Matrix - compare the essential and valued competencies for new graduates in the industry
Energy4Me - essential energy education and classroom resources