General Internships

One of the best ways to explore any career field and gain valuable work-related experience
is by participating in an internship or other experience-building activities. This handout
will help you get started.

Step 1: WHO are You?

Assess your abilities & talents

Identify your unique skills, goals, and interests

Need help understanding what you have to offer an employer? Meet with a counselor

BL.06 Now What?: The ...Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career / Lore

AL.07 Do What You Are… / Tieger & Tieger

Step 2: WHAT do you want?

Explore Career Paths & Potential Employers

What Can I Do With This Major?

Vault Career Insider guides

WetFeet Career Resource Library guides

00.03 Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers / Shatkin

00.04 College Majors Handbook / Fogg & Harrington

Step 3: WHERE to look?

Identify Internship Opportunities

Contact your academic college FIRST

Consider a research project

Research projects by college or campus

Learn about Penn State research capabilities

Check Nittany Lion Career Network (NLCN)

Conduct an informational interview with professionals in your field

Internships for non-technical majors (i.e. Liberal Arts, Communications, Arts, etc.)

Internships for ALL majors

Find internships & companies in your field with CareerBeam

Internships in:

Federal or local government

Nonprofits / Common Good

Working Abroad

Other internship sites for ALL MAJORS:

One Day One Internship


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