Job Search Timeline

Don’t wait until your senior year to start thinking about your career! Start taking steps to build professional experience from your first year forward.

First Year

Second Year

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, contact us 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.
  • Do a mock interview to practice your interview skills.

Fourth or Final Year

  • If you’re planning to go to graduate school, take any required entrance exams (e.g., GRE).
  • Update your résumé and LinkedIn profile to include any engineering-related internship or co-op experience you’ve had.
  • Use Nittany Lion Careers to search and apply for entry-level full-time jobs.
  • Do a mock interview to practice your skills.
  • Contact people in your professional network—e.g., current and former employers, faculty members, and/or instructors—to request recommendations.
  • Connect with employers at recruiting events and ask for contact information so you can follow up.

Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations

College of Engineering

117 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-863-1032