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Participate in Extracurricular/Volunteer Activities

  • Join student organizations to meet people, get involved and develop leadership and other skills

  • Seek opportunities for leadership within an organization (i.e. become an officer or take on a position that demands responsibility)

  • Volunteer at Penn State (i.e. help with department activities or faculty research)

  • Volunteer in the community

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Seek Part-time/Summer Jobs

  • Your seemingly unrelated summer/part-time job will help you develop additional skills that can carry over into your professional future
    • Example: Being a food server will teach you patience, customer service, efficiency, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Consider connecting your summer/part-time work with your academic and career goals
    • Example: If you are interested in publishing, seek employment with a local media outlet
  • Attend Career Fairs
  • Check out part-time and summer opportunities
  • Be proactive and ask employers about summer/part-time work opportunities (don’t wait for something to be advertised)


Take a Class or Conduct Research in a Field of Interest


Seek Internships/Co-ops related to your Field

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