Nittany Lion Careers

Résumé Requirements

In the Colleges of Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences, staff members review all résumés for quality. At the request of employers, we require that certain elements be included in any résumé posted on Nittany Lion Careers:

  • A phone number and email address where you can be reached
  • Your degree type and area of study (e.g., Master of Science in Chemical Engineering)
  • Your anticipated graduation date (month, year)

If you are seeking an internship position, we also recommend that you include an objective statement to that effect and include your desired timeframe (e.g., "To obtain a graduate-level mechanical engineering internship for summer 2019").

Access Your Account

  • All Penn State students automatically receive an account in Nittany Lion Careers. When you log into your Nittany Lion Careers account, you will be redirected to the Penn State Web Access site, where you will be asked to authenticate using your Penn State ID and password.
  • Once you have logged in, upload your résumé. A member of our staff will review it and either approve it or request that you make changes so it can be approved—generally, within 24–48 hours of submission during a regular work week.
  • Once your résumé is approved, you will be able to apply to jobs. Some employers will also require you to apply for positions through their websites or submit additional documentation (e.g., cover letter) through Nittany Lion Careers.

Much of your academic information is updated nightly from LionPATH, including degree level, class level, and personal contact information. However, you must update your major, GPA, graduation date, and work authorization (if you are an international student) each semester or as needed. Employers cannot see any of this information; only after you have applied for a specific position within their company or organization are they able to see your application documents, e.g., résumé and cover letter.

You must have an approved résumé in the system before you can apply for jobs. Please note that résumé approvals may not be completed for several days during or immediately following major career events such as Fall Career Days or Engineering Career Week, so plan accordingly!

If you need help with Nittany Lion Careers, contact us.

Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer

We exert all reasonable efforts to check the legitimacy of employers and the validity of posted jobs and internships. However, due to the volume of job postings received, we are unable to fully research the legitimacy and validity of each organization or person posting a job vacancy or to guarantee that all jobs are still available.

We make no guarantee about positions listed and are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of each individual job seeker to research the integrity of the organization(s) to which he or she is applying and to verify specific information pertaining to the job posting. Job seekers should exercise due diligence when applying for or accepting any position.

Fraudulent Job Postings

Although we review job postings in Nittany Lion Careers to the best of our ability, you must use caution, instinct, and common sense when evaluating job opportunities either there or elsewhere.

The following job posting features should raise red flags for any job-seeker*:

  • The posting requests that you provide personal information (e.g., Social Security Number, bank account numbers, credit card details, passport or driver's license numbers) at the time of application.
  • The posting offers you a job prior to having any type of interview or interaction with the employer.
  • The posting contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors.
  • The posting either contains no contact email at the company or provides the name of a contact with a personal email account (e.g., rather than one associated with the company (e.g.,
  • The posting either does not contain a link to the organizational URL or contains a link that directs the user to a site other than the organizational site (e.g., Sometimes a link may appear to be legitimate (e.g., but when you mouse over the link, it directs you to a fraudulent site.
  • The posting requires you to complete any type of financial transaction, including transferring or wiring money from one account to another or paying for a service by wire or courier.
  • The posting offers you money in exchange for allowing the use of their bank accounts for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • The posting focuses much more on the amount of money that can be made than on the actual job responsibilities.
  • The position either seems to offer a large paycheck for very little work or for minimal experience or offers a payment prior to starting the position.

Legitimate companies will never ask you to provide personal information such as Social Security numbers at the point of application and will never ask you to pay to apply for any position!

If any aspect of any job posting you receive by email or see in Nittany Lion Careers makes you suspicious, do not pursue it any further and notify us as soon as possible. We will investigate the situation and remove the employer/posting from Nittany Lion Careers. You should also contact the local police, who will conduct an investigation regardless of where the fraudulent posting originated. Finally, if you have already sent money in response to a fraudulent job posting, contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately.

If you found the posting elsewhere on the Internet, file an incident report with the U.S. Department of Justice or contact the Federal Trade Commission at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

*Content adapted from information provided by NACELink Symplicity.


Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032