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    Take a Class or Conduct Research
    Seek Internships/Co-ops Related to Your Field

 

 

 

Participate in Extracurricular/Volunteer Activities

  • Join student organizations to meet people, get involved and develop leadership and other skills
  • Seek opportunities for leadership within an organization (i.e. become an officer or take on a position that demands responsibility)
  • Volunteer on campus or in the community.  For volunteer opportunites, contact Marly Doty at mag374@psu.edu

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Seek Part-time/Summer Jobs

  • Your seemingly unrelated summer/part-time job will help you develop additional skills that can carry over into your professional future.
    • Example: Being a food server will teach you patience, customer service, efficiency, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Consider connecting your summer/part-time work with your academic and career goals
    • Example: If you are interested in publishing, seek employment with a local media outlet
  • Attend the People-to-People Career Fair
  • Check out part-time and summer opportunities
    • Nittany Lion Career Network
    • Watch your email for new opportunities that become available
  • Be proactive and ask employers about summer/part-time work opportunities (don’t wait for something to be advertised)

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Take a Class or Conduct Research in a Field of Interest

  • Select general education or elective courses that interest you
  • Explore undergraduate research opportunities to work with faculty in a specific academic area or contact a faculty member that you currently have a relationship with to ask about any opportunities with them.

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Seek Internships/Co-ops related to your Field

  • Check with your academic advisor to find out if you will need to complete a for-credit internship.
  • Complete an internship for experience (paid or unpaid). You can find companies that are seeking interns by going here.
  • Consider applying to participate in the PAWS Program.  Find more information here.