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Career Services is committed to offering a comprehensive array of programs and services that supports and facilitates career development for all students. Programs and resources are provided to assist enrolled students in crystalizing and specifying career goals, expanding knowledge of career alternatives, understanding effective decision-making, and acquiring appropriate strategies and skills to carry out the process.

How can Career Services help?

  • Coach your student on career goals throughout their time at Penn State
    Our staff is in your student's corner. We can work with your student to help them make an informed decision based on their specific interests and needs. Building a relationship with a career expert can help your student feel more confident and prepared professionally. 

  • Serve as a resource and help your student prepare for the world of work
    Career Services staff is prepared to help regardless of where your student is in their career journey. We can help identify majors that may fit interests, explore how to connect a major with career opportunities, or help prepare your student professionally with coaching. Every student is different; let us help customize a career plan.

  • Connect your student with excellent career resources
    Our office provides services, programs, and resources to assist your student with career exploration, planning, and implementation. We plan career fairs, bring in speakers, and teach career classes to help your student be the most they can be.

  • Serve as leaders in the career field
    Our staff aims to be national leaders in informing on recent post-graduation data, starting salaries, and more.
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Common Career Questions

Our career offices hear some frequent questions from parents and families about how they can help support their student.

Our offices will gladly answer any questions parents and families may have but encourage you to empower your student to ask these questions themselves. Building career confidence early can help establish your student as a self-sufficient professional.

When should my student visit a career office?

The earlier, the better!

Although first-year students may not be looking for an internship or have a career path yet, career offices can help your student start to understand how to build their resume and networking skills to stand out.

What is Nittany Lion Careers?

Nittany Lion Careers is the online recruiting system used by all Penn State career offices across all academic colleges. This system houses internship and co-op postings, full-time entry level opportunities, upcoming information sessions, professional development workshops, and more.

How can my student find a job or internship?

Along with Nittany Lion Careers, students can attend career fairs as well as apply through company websites. Students should make an appointment with a career office to enhance their skills with resume writing, mock interviews, networking tips, and more.

Can students get credit for internships?

It depends. Students should refer to their specific college career office for guidance regarding internship credit.

Are internships paid? What about housing allowances?

While most internships are paid, some are not. If the internship is unpaid, students should receive academic credit for their internship. As for housing, some companies are able to provide an allowance. Others may include housing considerations in the intern hourly rate or stipend. Students should ask about this once they have received an offer.

Is having an internship a requirement?

It depends. Students should refer to their specific college career office for guidance regarding internship credit.

What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?

An internship is four months or less while a co-op is at least six months. Students should discuss their interests with a career counselor and academic advisor to plan to fit an internship or co-op experience into their education right away.

What companies recruit at Penn State?

Thousands of companies recruit our students during the academic year through job postings, professional development events, and career fairs. Employers range from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Can students get an internship after graduating?

Yes, it is possible for students to have an internship after graduating. Some companies or organizations have even implemented post-graduate internships as part of their recruitment process for full-time employment

How can career offices help my student when they study abroad?

Even though your student may be abroad they can still access career resources and Nittany Lion Careers to look and apply for internships or jobs. Students can still participate in on-campus interviews virtually and can request phone or virtual appointments with their career office.

How to support your student

Be in your student's corner and encourage career development early. Use the following tips to start the conversation and help your student start thinking like a professional.

Career Services @
Penn State Student Affairs
Career Services
Location

101 Bank of America Career Services Center
University Park, PA 16802
AskCS@psu.edu