IST Diplomats are the student ambassadors for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University Park. Their unique backgrounds and diverse set of experiences are an integral component of the college’s student engagement strategy.
Diplomats work closely with staff, alumni, employers, and prospective undergraduate students. They represent the college’s many academic programs, career solutions, and student engagement opportunities.
Each Diplomat has a unique story to share of their Penn State journey that may be heard in one of the many roles the position takes on. You can find Diplomats facilitating student panels, meeting with prospective students, providing support at in-person events, connecting with employers, engaging with alumni and donors, and guiding guests on tours of the college.
Becoming an IST Diplomat
Diplomats are nominated by faculty, staff, students, or themselves. After an application and interview process, students are selected to complete the Diplomat training series in the semester following their selection. This multi-week training includes lessons on leadership styles, interpersonal communication, diversity and implicit bias, professional development, college services, and more.