Students can connect with employers through Penn State Career Services

August 16, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students heading back to University Park for the Fall semester should be sure to pack some professional clothes in order to be prepared for the many opportunities to interact with employers on campus this fall.

The first opportunity to explore career opportunities, network and begin your full-time job, internship or co-op job search is quickly approaching. On Sept. 20-22 the Bryce Jordan Center will host one of the largest university-run career fairs in the country with nearly 500 employers participating and more than 8,000 students attending.

Students from all majors and academic colleges are encouraged to attend the fair, as recruiters look to fill positions, not simply majors. Even if a student is not participating in a job or internship search currently, it is beneficial to attend the fair to understand how it functions for the future. Students also can volunteer their time to help employers and staff during the event.

Information on the employers attending the fair, important preparation tips, and volunteer sign-ups are on the Fall Career Days website at Fall Career Days is co-sponsored by Career Services, Smeal College of Business, College of Communications, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Development, College of Information Sciences and Technology, The College of the Liberal Arts, and The Eberly College of Science.

As the connections made at Fall Career Days start to develop, also keep in mind the Career Services On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) program that begins on Oct. 3 and runs through Dec. 9. A feature of the Nittany Lion Career Network especially for graduating seniors, OCI offers the opportunity to interview for entry-level, full-time positions, with a variety of employers from business, industry, and government. It is a pre-select system, where employers select candidates from among the students who request interviews with them. Plan ahead, as the first resume submission deadline is Sept. 18.

There is a one-time $15 fee per academic year for the use of the OCI service. Seniors can add OCI to their existing Nittany Lion Career Network account at online.

In addition, many employers who are not conducting on-campus interviews through the program, still target Penn State students by posting full-time employment and internship opportunities to the Nittany Lion Career Network for students enrolled in any of Penn State’s academic colleges. On average, 500 jobs are posted each week, so students are encouraged to check back often.

Employers who have jobs or internships available to Penn State students should visit the employers Web page at or contact Penn State Career Services at or (814) 863-0225.



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