Undergraduate Student Timeline

First Year

  • Talk to an academic adviser about different engineering majors.
  • Establish a strong grade-point average by working and studying hard. Many employers require a minimum 3.0 GPA for internship or co-op positions.
  • Look at internship and co-op postings in Nittany Lion Careers to see what options may be open to you.
  • Put together a résumé (or update an existing one).
  • Create a LinkedIn account.
  • Learn the basics of writing a cover letter so you will be prepared to apply for internship or co-op positions.
  • Invest in a good-quality business professional outfit that you can use for interviews.
  • Participate in career fairs and other career-related events where you can network with employers that hire engineering majors.
  • Join engineering-related student organizations to make connections with like-minded students and build experience.
  • If you're an international student, talk to an adviser in the Directorate of International Student and Scholar Advising (DISSA) about any special requirements or conditions you may have to work in the United States.
  • Clean up your social media accounts, removing or making private anything that might give future employers a negative impression of you.

Second Year

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile with any career-related experience.
  • Use Nittany Lion Careers to find and apply for internship or co-op positions related to your major and career interests.
  • Practice your networking skills at on-campus and/or virtual recruiting events.
  • Join a professional organization related to your major or intended major.
  • Connect with Engineering Career Envoys to learn more about their internship and co-op experiences and get career advice.

Third Year

  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile with any career-related experience.
  • If you're transitioning to University Park from another Penn State campus and you need help with your résumé and/or cover letter, work with the Engineering Career Envoys as soon as possible—you need to start your job search right away!
  • Use Nittany Lion Careers to find and apply for internship or co-op positions related to your major and career interests.
  • Participate in as many on-campus and/or virtual recruiting events as possible—including career fairs, networking receptions, and recruitment days—to make connections with recruiters. Ask for contact information from those of interest.

Fourth or Final Year

 

Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032