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Careers and Internships

If you're not sure what you want to do with your degree yet, don't worry—you've got time. However, part of our commitment to your education includes ensuring that you have all the resources you need to take your next step out of the college setting.

MNE Senior Networking Reception

Each fall, the MNE department invites juniors and seniors to an evening reception where they can network with companies looking to hire engineers for careers, internships, or co-ops. Students will receive an invitation to this event early in the fall semester. This event is important to attend because it’s exclusive to MNE students, so you are not competing with students from the entire College of Engineering.

University Career Fairs

Penn State has a career fair each semester. Hundreds of government, industry and corporate employers fill the Bryce Jordan Center to meet with students and accept resumes.

Co-ops and Internships

The College of Engineering offers a Cooperative Education and Professional Internship Program for students hoping to gain real-world experience before they graduate. Co-ops and internships give students the hands-on experience and industry connections that make them stand out. In fact, more than 30 percent of graduating seniors said they found their full-time positions through their internships or co-ops.

Internships can be related to current or intended fields of study. They are typically limited to one semester, although you can hold multiple internships with the same company.

Co-ops are directly related to your major. They typically span three semesters with the same employer, alternating with semesters at Penn State. When you graduate with a co-op experience, you will have one full year of career-related experience on your resume and course credit for three semesters of co-ops.

Some companies that actively recruit interns and co-ops from Penn State include Air Products, General Electric, NASA, DuPont, Disney, and Ingersoll Rand.

Toshiba-Westinghouse Fellows Program

Sponsored by Toshiba-Westinghouse, Penn State offers a ten-week paid fellowship program for undergraduates interested in the nuclear field. Students selected for the program will work on their own research project with a Penn State nuclear engineering faculty member. Students will present their research and participate in a Westinghouse internship fair. Penn State also coordinates seminars and workshops on technical topics as well as topics such as applying to graduate school, written and oral communication, and cultural awareness.

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