COVID-19: Student Information and Resources

Academic Services Quick Links

Students and families should review frequently asked questions related to the college's response to coronavirus. This includes questions address during town hall sessions on March 26, April 9, April 23, and May 12.

Visit http://psu.edu/coronavirus for more information on how the University is addressing the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on commencement, housing, remote learning, and more.

Ask a Question

For guidance on how alternative optional grading will impact entrance to major requirements, course prerequisites, and GPA, visit the COVID-19: IST Student FAQs page.

The College of IST firmly believes that the best option for an internship experience involves real-world engagement with companies and/or faculty-led research. During this unprecedented time, we recognize that not all students will have an opportunity to leverage such an experience at its fullest.

We understand your challenges and want you to have the most appropriate internship experience that works with your specific situation. No matter the circumstances, however, it is in your best interest to take advantage of the best possible internship opportunity you can secure. Organizations still very much value the experiences you bring, in addition to your academic credentials. We are hopeful that these flexible options will provide opportunities that work for your current and future plans.

Review Internship Options

The IST Undergraduate Advising Office will be virtually open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST.

Advising Appointments:

All advising appointments will take place via Zoom. You may schedule appointments with your assigned adviser via starfish.psu.eduPlease monitor your Penn State email for details regarding how to access your Advising Zoom appointment.

Emailing your assigned adviser is always an option for quick questions or guidance. Students without an assigned adviser can email advising@ist.psu.edu with questions.

Email:

As per usual, emailing your assigned adviser is always an option for quick questions or guidance. Advisers will answer emails in the order they receive them. Please do not send multiple emails to multiple advisers as this will only delay our abilities to respond to students in a timely manner. Students without an assigned adviser can email advising@ist.psu.edu with questions.

Phone:

We will continue to monitor the office phones (814) 865-8947. Please leave a detailed message with your name and student ID number. Please note, advisers will give priority to scheduled appointments and incoming emails and speaking directly to an adviser will not be likely. Scheduling an advising appointment is the most efficient way to access your adviser.

Drop-Ins:

Advising will not hold drop-in appointments during the summer. To connect with your adviser, please schedule an appointment via starfish.psu.edu.

The Career Solutions Office will be virtually open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST.

Career Coaching Appointments:

Schedule a virtual appointment through Starfish. If there are no appointments that will work with your schedule, please email careers@ist.psu.edu and one of the Career Coaches will contact you to schedule an appointment. Career appointments will take place via zoom. A link will be shared with you through your Penn State email prior to the meeting.

Internship Questions:

Contact careers@ist.psu.edu if you are looking for an internship for this summer or have found an internship and wish to receive credit for IST 495. Remember the internship must be approved by the Office of Career Solutions before you can be registered for the required course.

Additional options have been made available for students graduating in or before spring 2021. Review these options and connect with a Career Coach for more information.

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement will be virtually open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. EST, and after hours on a limited basis for special meetings.

Student Appointments:

Schedule a virtual appointment by emailing a request to diversity@ist.psu.edu. OIDE appointments will take place via Zoom or phone depending on technological availability. A link will be shared with you through your Penn State email prior to the meeting.

Faculty and Staff Appointments:

Contact Kate Nelson (kot5176@psu.edu) to set up a virtual appointment with Jason Gines or Madhavi Kari in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement. For Zoom, a link will be shared with you through your Penn State email prior to the meeting.

Questions and Additional Information

Office Hours

Regular Office hours will be held via Zoom (https://psu.zoom.us/my/jennasieber) during the following times:

  • Tuesday 2–3 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday 2:30–4:30 p.m. EST
  • Thursday 2–3 p.m. EST

Alternative Grading

For information on how to conduct your responsibilities, visit ist.psu.edu/coronavirus/learning.

If you are experiencing technical issues or challenges, please contact the IST Helpdesk at helpdesk@ist.psu.edu. You can also find additional information and support on the University's Remote Learning website.