Industry Job Search

Most students who obtain engineering master’s degrees, and some who obtain doctoral degrees, pursue jobs in industry (including corporations and government agencies). 

Your graduate work has provided additional training and skills beyond what you accomplished as an undergraduate, including the ability to:

  • Do original research or to assist with someone else’s research project
  • Analyze information and present it coherently in writing
  • Give presentations to large and small groups
  • Teach a course or seminar

During your job search, be sure to emphasize your higher-level skills in your résumé, cover letter, and interviews.


First Year

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
  • Learn how to write a cover letter and customize it for individual jobs to highlight your graduate education and experience. Be aware that employers will generally expect you to have better oral and written communication skills and a higher level of professionalism than undergraduate students.
  • It’s not too late to do an internship!  Use Nittany Lion Careers to find graduate-level internship opportunities and apply for those of interest.
  • Practice your networking skills at on-campus and/or virtual recruiting events, focusing on employers that are seeking graduate-level candidates.
  • Join one or more professional organizations in your field.
  • If you don’t already have one, invest in a good-quality interview suit in a classic color and style that you can use for interviews (see our Pinterest boards for business professional dress ideas).
  • If you’re an international student, talk to an adviser in the University Office of Global Programs about any special requirements or conditions you may have in order to work in the U.S.
  • Learn about common interview types and be prepared!

Second or Final Year

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
  • Use a variety of resources, including Nittany Lion Careers, to search for entry-level jobs requiring or preferring a master’s degree holder.
  • Attend engineering and University-wide recruiting events for face-to-face networking opportunities with recruiters.
  • Use LinkedIn to make professional connections.
  • If needed, set up a mock interview to practice your interview skills.

Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032