Internships & Career Resources

Internships give students the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the classroom with work experience in a real-world environment. They allow students to try out a variety of career options and gain professional experience that will be helpful in obtaining a job after graduation. The timing and duration of internships can vary widely from programs you complete over the summer to part-time experiences throughout your academic career.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering strongly encourages undergraduate students to participate in career development opportunities such as internships and co-ops. These programs offer students the opportunity to increase their professional marketability and expand their network of professional contacts, all while exploring possible career paths and interests.  Also keep in mind that most employers use internships and co-ops as a prime source of new employees—typically looking to hire from the pool of former interns before considering external candidates.

Due to our strong relationships with our industrial and academic partners, students in the department have access to a variety of resources for short term career development opportunities and for full time employment after graduation.

Nittany Lion Careers

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering uses the Nittany Lion Careers, a free online resource that helps connect Penn State students with co-op, internship, and entry-level full-time positions. If you are a currently-enrolled student, you can log in using your Penn State ID and password. Visit the Nittany Lion Careers website >>

International Internship in Materials (IIM)

Thanks to the generous support of the Bayer USA Foundation and the Alcoa Campus Partnership Program, students in the department have an opportunity to participate in an internship at an international partner university. Students interested in this research internship opportunity can find more information on the International Internship in Materials (IIM) section of our site.

Career Resources & Employer Relations (College of Engineering)

We provide career advising for more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing majors within the College of Engineering as well as students pursuing engineering majors in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Visit website >>

We also help connect students and employers at a wide variety of career events each academic year. View calendar >>

Job Opportunities

Our department is regularly notified of job opportunities that may be of interest to our students. Positions are regularly posted on the Job Opportunites page. This board features a collection of positions—from internships to full time employement opportunities—submitted to the department by our industry contacts and other academic institutions. The MatSE job board is a great place to browse possible career or career development opportunities.

Career Days and Career Services

  • Career Fairs
    Students Affairs listing of upcoming career fairs including Fall Career Days, Spring Career Days, Working in PA, and Sustainable Careers.
  • Penn State Career Services
    The University’s Office of Career Services helps students with career planning and the job search process. They hold free training seminars on resume building and interviewing skills, and they host the annual Career Fair at the Bryce Jordan Center.