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Student and Alumni Mentoring Program

The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and our alumni societies jointly support a robust mentoring and networking program for our students. Students can initiate a mentoring connection with an alumnus from either mechanical or nuclear engineering. Alumni, in turn, provide guidance, and networking opportunities for students.

Mentorships and networking connections create value in your education in many ways. By getting to know a professional in your field, you can:

  • Open network connections to any number of engineering companies
  • Gain a professional reference for your job search
  • Learn about career paths in your field based on your mentor's experiences

As a current student in our Mechanical and/or Nuclear Engineering program, you can connect with an alumnus from the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society (PSMES) or the Penn State Nuclear Engineering Society (PSNES).

Mentoring for Mechanical Engineers

To participate in the mentoring program, register online. Students are matched with alumni mentors based on educational background, career goals and hobbies. Once a match has been made, students and mentors will be notified of their matches and provided background information. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange the intial meeting. The student should contact the mentor within one week of receiving notificaiton. Matches are re-evaluated at the end of the first year of mentorship. If either the student or the mentor feels that the match is ineffective, a new match can be made.

Mentoring for Nuclear Engineers

The PSNES serves students a variety of ways, including mentorship, networking, resume reviews, internship application reviews, career path coaching, or on campus informational sessions. To volunteer your time, please submit your information to Lion Link. Created by the Penn State Alumni Association, this service helps create career connections among alumni and students.
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Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519