As you search for an internship, consider the following questions along with areas of interest in specific fields:
Defining Your Goals
Do you have a clear idea of where you would like to intern or work after college?
Identify specific companies or organizations that align with your career aspirations.
Passions and Values
Are there particular issues, products, or services that captivate your interest?
Whether it's sustainability, women's rights, fashion, sports/entertainment, retail, or healthcare, explore research opportunities within your areas of fascination, not solely based on your degree title.
Have you considered the location of where you'd like to intern?
If you have friends or family residing outside the Greater Allegheny campus in a city or town you'd like to explore, factor these places into your internship search.
Do you have the necessary clearances to begin your internship?
Before starting your internship, ensure that you are aware of any specific requirements or clearances needed for your chosen field experience. Adhering to these guidelines will ensure a smooth and successful internship experience.
Internship Search Strategies
Seek Faculty Advice
Schedule an appointment with faculty advisors or the campus internship coordinator to benefit from interest and skill assessments. These discussions will help you identify your genuine interests and passions.
Networking is a crucial aspect of internship searches. As part of your college learning experience, make an effort to meet new people and professionals. Reflect on professionals you've met in recent years who left a positive impression. Consider reaching out to them for potential internship or job leads.
Connect with other Greater Allegheny students who have completed internships. Listen to their testimonials about how internships contributed to the completion of their Penn State degree. Attend campus career events and job fairs to interact with employers and business professionals. These interactions may lead to opportunities not listed on standard job boards.
Online Job Resources
While online job boards are not the sole solution for internships, they serve as a great starting point for research. Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s portal for students and alumni to access job postings. You can upload a resume for employers to view. You also have access to hundreds of alumni to connect with via LionLink. To access the system, you must use your standard Penn State User ID and password.
Nittany Lion Careers
Use Nittany Lion Careers to view job postings, post your resume in online resume books, find out about on-campus interviewing at several Penn State campuses, and more! You can upload a resume for employers to view. You also have access to hundreds of alumni to connect with via Lion Link. To access the system, use your standard Penn State User ID and password. Review the Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer.