Internships at DuBois
There are three ways for students to participate in internship opportunities: academic credit, experience only (paid and unpaid) or PAWS Program. We strongly encourage EVERY student to complete an internship while here. Students can choose to complete an internship at any time during their degree. For some, an internship will be required as part of your academic coursework and this semester will be assigned to you. For those that one is not required, it is still an important part of your experience in preparation for employment. Students can complete an internship on their own for experience only. We compile a list of companies that are interested in hosting students for internships. You can use the below guide to assist you in identifying a company to work with in completing an internship. In addition, we offer the PAWS program for students, which stands for Partnering Academics and Workplace Learning for Success. This is a paid internship program and it requires an application and interview process. For more information on this program please go to the PAWS webpage.
Penn State DuBois Internship List
This list was designed for students that are interested in or required to have an internship prior to graduation. The first link will take you to a master list of all of the companies offering internships, including contact information, majors sought and time frame of the internship. The second link lists internship advisors by major. If you have questions regarding this resource, please contact Anna Akintunde in the Office of Career Services at (814) 372-3015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internships are one of the top college experiences that employers value.
- Clarify Your Career Goals
- Identify Career Fields/Employers of Interest
- Plan and Organize your Internship Search
- Create Effective Internship Search Tools
- Use Multiple Internship Search Strategies
Clarify Your Career Goals
- Identify your interests, values, and abilities through career counseling
- Reflect on your education, experiences, and personal attributes
- Determine what you can offer to future employer
- Consider your personal preferences (geographic location, employer size, work environment)
Identify Career Fields/Employers of Interest
- Research career fields and industries (corporate, government, non-profit, education, health care, etc.) - Career Guide to Industries
- Explore specific occupations - Occupational Outlook Handbook, Wetfeet and Vault
- Review internship descriptions on "Career Opportunities" sections of employer websites
- Consider government employment, state and local agencies
- Contact your academic advisor to identify their internship opportunities and employer contacts
Plan and Organize your Internship Search
- Identify the steps you need to take and the resources you will need
- Create a timeline for implementing your internship search plan
- Utilize resources from Career Services and your academic college
- Track your internship search progress and your interactions with employers
Create Effective Internship Search Tools
Your resume can be the basis for determining whether or not you reach the next step: the interview. An effective resume and cover letter will help you communicate your experiences, skills, and education in a concise, clear format.
- Visit the Skill Development page
Use Multiple Internship Search Strategies
Comprehensive internship search involves more than one strategy to reach and communicate with prospective employers. Some industries tend to favor the use of some strategies more than others. Review all of the strategies to determine which works best for your career field. No matter what your field of interest, networking remains one of the top strategies. As you engage in the various search strategies, consider working with a career counselor.
- Your academic advisor
- Career Fairs
- Targeted Searches - Employer & Industry
- Professional Associations
- State and Local Employment Agencies
Networking is the process of developing professional relationships and partnerships that support you as you explore and pursue your career goals. It is one of the most effective ways to gain career-related information and identify internship opportunities.
- Establish goals by deciding what type of information you want
- Compile a list of questions to ask
- Research the industry as well as specific employers
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in the field
- Send a thank-you to express appreciation for the time and information given to you
- Develop a contacts file to keep track of the information shared and for follow-up
Penn State Career Connection
Penn State Career Connection is a LinkedIn Group focused on connecting Penn State students with employers regarding career-specific issues. You will be able to engage in a discussion with employers on general career topics such as resume writing, interviewing, internship search strategies, etc. You can also join a subgroup relevant to your career interests. To join the Penn State Career Connection Linked-In Group, first create your LinkedIn account at www.linkedin.com. Then search for the Penn State Career Connection under the "groups directory" tab within the "groups" section of Linked-In.
LionLink is a networking program designed to help Penn State students make professional connections and gain useful information to assist with career decisions and internship searches.
The internet is useful in obtaining information related to your search including internship postings, employer data, salary statistics, employment and workforce trends, and much more. Even though the internet may be helpful in identifying opportunities, it is not recommended that you rely on this strategy alone when applying for internships.
Most fields have one or more professional associations that represent their career area. These sites are geared toward the practicing professional, but many also have a designated area for students interested in that discipline. Professional association sites are useful in learning about the profession and identifying employment opportunities in the field. To learn about the associations related to your career field, search online or speak with faculty in your discipline.
Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer
Read the full disclaimer which describes the shared responsibility among Penn State Career Services (including University Park and Commonwealth Campus career offices) and internship/job seekers in researching and identifying potential concerns about the legitimacy of employers and their respective postings.
- Career Services for Students
- Career Services for Employers
- Career Services for Parents & Families