Career Snapshot

Careers and Internships

Whether it's through internships, externships, experiential learning opportunities, or full-time careers, IST students and alumni make a difference in countless industries and with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to Silicon Valley startups, to government agencies, and everything in between. See which companies are hiring Penn State graduates, where alumni are living, and how much they earn by visiting the University’s “We Earn” dashboard.

100%

Of undergraduates complete internships

50%+

Of undergraduates complete multiple internships

84%+

Of undergraduates receive job offers from their internship provider

$71,000

Average starting salary for undergraduate alumni

1,800+

Professional and experiential opportunities posted to Nittany Lion Careers for IST students

600+

Employers recruit IST students annually


Enrollment in Undergraduate Majors

The College of IST offers six bachelor of science degree programs that equip students with the technological expertise, business saavy, and communication skills to thrive in today's global economy. Our programs are constantly adapting to real-world needs, ensuring our graduates are prepared with the latest knowledge and practices.

254

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

143

Data Sciences (Applied Data Sciences option)

1*

Enterprise Technology Integration

31*

Human-Centered Design and Development

280

Information Sciences and Technology

299

Security and Risk Analysis

657

College of IST Pre-major

*The Human-Centered Design and Development major launched in fall 2019, and the Enterprise Technology Integration major launched in fall 2020. Many students intending to major in HCDD and ETI are currently in the College of IST pre-major, as they are typically not eligible to declare a major until the end of their fourth semester. The first full class of students are expected to complete entrance to major requirements for the HCDD major by spring 2021 and for the ETI major by spring 2022.

 

Employment by Industry

Every industry needs the skills that IST graduates bring to the table. And as new technologies and industries emerge and as established ones evolve, our students and alumni are equipped to handle the changing needs of industry and society.

50%

Consulting

13%

Financial

12%

Technology

9%

Government/Defense Contracting

5%

Insurance/Health Care

11%

All Other Employers


Top States for Employment

Our students come to campus from across the country and around the world. After graduation, they leave campus for opportunities near and far, making meaningful impact on a global scale.

30%

Pennsylvania

21%

Virginia

9%

New York

8%

New Jersey

5%

California

3%

Massachusetts

2%

Maryland

All stats are for the University Park campus in 2020 unless otherwise noted.

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Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement

E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802

Appointments

careers@ist.psu.edu
(814) 865-4509