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What is a Family Ambassador?

The Penn State Parents Program is seeking a diverse cohort of enthusiastic and passionate student leaders for its Family Ambassador Program. Family Ambassadors are undergraduate students at the University Park campus who serve as student liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families at large, assist in routine office tasks, and assist with key parent and family programming throughout the year.

    Responsibilities of Family Ambassadors include:

    • Serve as a team member alongside the Parents Program and as a representative of Penn State
    • Work collaboratively alongside both the Parents Council and Parent Ambassadors, which consist of parent and family volunteers
    • Participate in Parents Program annual events, including but not limited to Parents and Families Weekend, Fall Arrival, and Welcome Week
    • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to parents and families about Penn State using relevant personal experiences in a professional manner
    • Work collaboratively within a team of fellow student leaders

    Additional Expectations

    • Passion for Penn State
    • Positive role model
    • Warm, supportive, and enthusiastic attitude
    • The ability to work comfortably with diverse populations
    • Knowledge of the university’s structures, supports, and resources
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

    Time Commitment

    • Term: January 2019 – November 2019
    • Attendance at biweekly meetings during the spring and fall semesters
    • Requirement of 4 volunteer hours per month
    • Additional requirement of 6-10 volunteer hours during Parents and Families Weekend
    • Preference is that ambassadors will be in State College for the summer but is not necessary to apply or be accepted


    • Great resume builder!
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Networking opportunities with other student leaders, Penn State Student Affairs staff, Parent Council members, and Parent Ambassadors
    • Personal and professional development
    • Gain teamwork and communication skills
    • Meal cards during events and other meals throughout the year

    Application Timeline

    • Application Due Date: November 30, 2018
    • Notification of an Interview:  December 1, 2018
    • Follow Up Interviews: December 3-6, 2018
    • Final Decisions Sent Out: December 7, 2018
    Penn State Student Affairs
    Penn State Parents Program