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The following resources are available to assist students / alumni with the career exploration process:

Online Workshops (requires pdf reader)

career fair

Career/ Internship Fair

Penn State Brandywine holds a fair each semester. The next Career / Internship Fair will be held March 1, 2012 in the Commons/Athletic Center. Approximately 45 employers will be in attendance, looking to hire interns and employees, full-time and part-time. 

Students can prepare for the fair in several ways. At the Fair Prep workshop, learn how to navigate a career fair, dress for success, introduce yourself, prepare a resume and much more. Mock interviews help prepare you for on the spot and follow-up interviews.  Resume critiques take place by appointment or come as a “walk-in” during Resumania. Refer to fairs and events for dates and details.

Employers interested in recruiting at our CareerIinternship fair should call 610-892-1264 for more information.



Focus- Online Career Exploration System

This system allows you to learn more about yourself and careers so that you can make wise decisions regarding your choice of major and career path.  Self-assessments regarding your interests, skills, values and personality help you to learn about yourself, while career exploration helps you to become more informed about career options.

  • New Users - Focus Registration
    (Be sure to enter lion in the access code field.  For your username, use your Penn State access ID (xyz1234) to make it easy to remember.)
  • Registered Users – Focus Login

Nittany Lion Career Network

Provided for Penn State Students and Alumni only

Penn State’s online job board lists internship and employment opportunities, including part-time,full-time, and seasonal positions. This system is also used by education majors to store application documents via eCredentials.

Instructions on using Nittany Lion Career Network

Use Nittany Lion Career Network to:

  • Post your resume for employers to view
  • Search and apply for jobs and internships
  • Discover job leads – entry-level positions not yet open – and apply to be notified when open
  • Request an On-Campus Interview at University Park or Harrisburg campus
  • Utilize eCredentials (for Education majors) to centrally store and distribute required application documents

Log in as a guest to preview the system.


Nittany Lion Career Network is free to students.* 

*Graduating seniors can opt to participate in On-Campus Interviews (OCI) at University Park or Harrisburg campus. There is a $15 annual fee  to participate (billed to your student account). Find out more information about OCI.

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with Career Services staff for a resume review. Visit room 112 Main or call 610-892-1390 to schedule an appointment.

Look for career opportunities through Nittany Lion Alumni Recruiting.

Employers recruit Penn State students through Nittany Lion Career Network.
(Be sure to specify that you have a campus relationship with Brandywine).

Employers seeking Penn State alumni with experience:
Login or register with Nittany Lion Alumni Recruiting to post jobs and view resumes of Penn State alumni.


Use Lion Link to access a database of Penn State Alumni who have volunteered to provide an informational interview about their chosen profession.  Begin networking and learn more about careers of interest.


Webcam Recorded Job Interviews
Practice your interviewing skills in the privacy of your home or anyplace that you can access a computer with a webcam. Contact our office if you need access to a computer.

Vault Online Career Library

Research employers, industries, and career subjects through free books in VAULT. Click on the Vault icon to access these excellent resources which are free to students through Penn State’s subscription. You will need to register initially. Enter your Penn State e-mail address, complete the form, and set up a unique password. 

Going Gobal Career Country Guides

Going Global Career Country Guides contain more than 80,000 resources for finding international employment at home and abroad. Log on with your Penn State user ID and password.


To target employers during your job search, find out who the employers are in a specific region, zipcode radius, and industry or keyword. Make an appointment with Christine Allen (112 Main or 610-892-1390) to specify your search criteria and obtain an Excel spreadsheet. Access to this system is on Thursday mornings, 8-10 a.m. (preferred appointment time). 


Access company profiles, career and industry profiles, career videos, 50+ insider guides, and more. Username and password information can be obtained from Advising and Career Services in 112 Main. 

Public Service Opportunities

Serve the public through government employment/internships. Opportunities are growing as baby boomers retire. New hires will be on the fast track for promotions. Attend workshops or schedule to meet with Christine Allen, 112 Main, 610-892-1390 to learn more about the unique application process and resume format.


Visit the YouTube channel of Penn State Brandywine Advising and Career Services. Find out what recent grads and current students have to say about their career "Aha!" moments as well as how our office has helped them along the way.

Internship Assistance

Students who are required to complete an internship in order to graduate will need to meet with the Internship Coordinator (Brandywine majors) or call the College/Department of their major (other campuses) to discuss internship requirements. Career Services is available to assist students with the identification of internship opportunities. Current internship postings are maintained on Nittany Lion Career Network, Penn State’s private job board utilized by all campuses. Students can also check the bulletin board outside of 112 Main and enroll in the Angel group “Brandywine Career Services” to see where past students have interned. Be sure to check these resources routinely as they are updated on a regular basis.

Internship Coordinators by Major


Internship Coordinator



American Studies

Dr. Julie Gallagher




Prof. Kathleen Yanoshak



Communications Arts & Sciences

Dr. Wayne McMullen



Corporate Communications

Dr. Susan Fredricks



Elementary Education

Dr. Patricia VanLeuven




Dr. Adam Sorkin



Human Development & Family Studies


Information Sciences & Technology

Prof. Nanette D’Imperio



Letters Arts & Sciences

Prof. Patricia Hillen




Dr. Cynthia Lightfoot


Internship Coordinators by Major


Requirements for Brandywine Majors

Students can complete an internship with or without a credit course, unless employers require that they be enrolled in a credit-bearing course. Students from all majors can complete an internship for credit. Five majors at Brandwine have a required internship built into the curriculum. The number of hours and credits varies from major to major. Below is a chart showing those majors that have a required internship and accompanying credits and hours.


Year Student Completes Internship

# hours

Total # credits earned
(prep course+ internship +supervision course)

Business (options: Financial Svcs & Mktg/Mgmt)


300 +

7 - 10

Corporate Communications




Elementary Education

(field exp. done earlier)



Human Development & Family Studies




Information Sciences & Technology

As early as
freshman year



Internship Requirements for Brandywine Majors


Major Internship
 American Studies Phyllis Cole   pbc2@psu.edu
 Business * Susan Fredricks  smf17@psu.edu
 Communication Arts and Sciences Wayne McMullen  wjm11@psu.edu
 Corporate Communications * Susan Fredricks  smf17@psu.edu
 Elementary Education * Patricia Van Leuvan  pav2@psu.edu
 English Adam Sorkin  ajs2@psu.edu
 Human Development and Family Studies * TBD
 Information Sciences and Technology * Nanette D’Imperio  nxd13@psu.edu
 Letters, Arts, and Sciences Patricia Hillen pah14@psu.edu 
For further information about our internship program please contact: