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 [email protected].
Finding an Internship
Internships are one of the top college experiences that employers value. To find one that matches your needs:
- 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., WetFeet, Vault)
- Explore specific occupations - Occupational Outlook Handbook
- 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.
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.
- Your academic advisor
- Career Fairs
- Targeted Searches - Employer & Industry
- Professional Associations
- State and Local Employment Agencies