Student Membership

Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Student Program

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Joining the Alliance is free and can give you several opportunities to interact with the 2,600 members of the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers and network.

CLICK HERE to download Student Membership Form

Benefits of becoming a student member of the Texas Alliance
● As student members of the Alliance, you will stay informed on legislative briefings of state and federal issues and their impact on the industry.
● You will receive our email periodicals and publications at no charge.
● It will provide you with the opportunity to network and attend TAEP events and seminars.
● You will have the opportunity to potentially gain scholarships, internships, and mentorships with our highly skilled members.
● Joining as a student is free and your free membership will extend one full year after you graduate.

The Texas Alliance of Energy producers currently has the largest student membership program of any statewide trade association with almost 300 student members in 30 schools across the country.

We are looking to increase this number even more because 40-60% of the current workforce will retire in the next 5-10 years, and as young professionals, the Alliance would love to help you maximize the opportunities becoming available due to this workforce shift.

Texas Alliance student memberships are developed by students with students in mind and are always free. We are very excited about our growing student program and are working hard to create a valuable experience for our students and members.

If you are interested in learning more about internship or mentorship opportunities, please contact the Texas Alliance to discuss any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have at


Why Join?

  • Education & Staying Informed

– Digital subscription to the Alliance’s monthly news magazine, Newsline

– Digital Alliance News Report, a daily news briefing

— Digital Energy Beat, a weekly update on Alliance news

– Legislative briefings on state and federal issues, and their impact on the industry and the state

– Opportunity to have industry relevant material you’ve written featured on the Alliance’s social media platforms

  • Networking

– Invitations to TAEP events and seminars (registrations are not complimentary)

– Multiple networking opportunities with the leading decision-makers in the oil patch throughout the year

  • Getting Involved

– Help organize events, meetings and/or social functions for other Alliance student members at your university

– Opportunity to be a part of the Alliance’s grass-roots lobbying network and be a player in developing oil and gas policy in Washington and Austin

– Participation in the Alliance’s pro-active public outreach program designed to change public attitudes toward the industry

– Support of pro-industry candidates through the Alliance’s political action program

– Opportunity to participate in special member delegations to Austin and Washington

CLICK HERE to download a Student Membership Form
– No Cost to Join the Texas Alliance
– Just download, type in your info, save and send as an attachment to Simple!

Questions? Call 940-723-4131, ext 17.

Fun Facts on Employment in the Oil and Gas Industry:

  • 40% – 60% of the workforce will retire in the next 5-10 years
  • Average age in exploration & production companies is 50 years old; among the oldest of any industry
  • Since 1981 the Energy Industry has lost 1.1 million employees

…. Basically, the industry needs YOU, young people, students, to fill the void. More good news:

  • In 2014, the oil and gas industry directly employed 418,000 Texans
  • In 2013, average oil and gas industry salary was around $96,000 – that’s 94% higher than the average private sector salary of around $49,000
  • In 2014, annual mean wage for a petroleum engineer in Texas was $158,770


The Railroad Commission of Texas is the primary state regulatory agency overseeing the oil and gas industry in Texas. Visit the RRC website to learn more about the rules and activities that ensure mineral production and all corresponding activities are performed safely and effectively in our state.

The Independent Petroleum Association of America is a national organization that provides relevant information and resources on its website. Also be sure to check out the IPAA/PESA Education Center while you’re browsing the site.

API is another national association that also provides great background and information on policy issues impacting the oil and gas industry.

The Institute for Economic Development & the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio provide a range of informative studies on the economic impacts of the energy industry in Texas. Reports topics include the economic impacts of: energy reform on the Mexican economynatural gasthe Eagle Ford Shale and the West Texas region.

FracFocus is an online chemical disclosure registry. Basically, this is where companies go to publicly report the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process so that anyone can go online and see for themselves exactly what is going into the ground. Aside from the chemical disclosure aspect, the website also offers some great background and tutorials on hydraulic fracturinggroundwater protection and regulations by state.

Learn more about one of the hottest topics facing the energy industry in our country: oil exports. Here you will find helpful information and statistics, along with a wealth of studies and resources on the crude oil export ban.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration compiles statistics and analysis on almost anything regarding oil and gas production in the U.S. that you would want to know.

Shale Oil and Gas Business Magazine is a great magazine available online and as hard copies, with information and feature stories on what’s going on in the business and out in the field.