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The College of IST is an energetic supporter of win-win partnerships with organizations, groups, and individuals in industry and government. Here are a few ways you can partner with the college:

  • Post in Nittany Lion Careers: an enterprise-wide system (powered by Symplicity) that will allow employers to post to all Penn State students in ONE place. Nittany Lion Careers is available to every Penn State student (and alumni) at each of Penn State’s 24 campuses, meaning companies have access to quality candidates from around the world.
  • Attend Career Fairs: Every year, IST’s Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement holds two career fairs exclusive to the College of IST: Pro Expo in the fall and Future Forum in the spring. These events allow students to explore career and internship opportunities while giving employers exclusive access to our impressive pool of talented students.
  • Participate in the Featured Employer Series: Each Wednesday, from 11am - 2pm, we host one featured organization in a high student traffic area of our building.  This series allows new companies, or companies seeking to increase their brand on campus, the opportunity to meet with students in an informal, low stress environment.  Students can stop by in between classes to learn more about the organization and any open job/internship positions.  
  • Internship program: Before they graduate, every IST student must complete an internship for credit. Companies that provide opportunities to these students offer challenging and relevant work experiences in the IT field through mentoring and on-the-job training.  Learn more about Developing an Internship Program. Have an internship that you want to promote?  Contact us!
  • Partner with student organizations: Partnership with any of our 13 organizations can increase your visibility among the student body and offers a chance for your company to contribute to students' learning beyond the classroom.  Each organization has different opportunities for involvement (speaking at general body meetings, sponsoring projects, etc.).  Learn more about our organizations and how to contact them.
  • Info sessions / info tables: Host presentations in the evening (info session) or during the day (info table) to offer students more information on your company, culture, open job and internship opportunities, and more.
  • Workshops: Offer students training opportunities to help them prepare for the career search and life after college.  Previous topics have included resume reviews and interview preparation, dress for success, dining etiquette, online and social media branding, how to land your dream job, and more.
  • Student field trips: An on-site visit to your organization is a great way to show students what they could be doing after graduation. Day trips are usually taken to organizations within driving distance of State College with preference given to our Corporate Associates.
  • Guest lectures and classroom projects: Get up close and personal with our students in the classroom. Leaders and practitioners have the opportunity to present on topics pertaining to IST's curriculum and offer semester-long projects allowing students to gain real-world, hands-on experience. Participation is always at the faculty's discretion and priority is given to our Corporate Associates.
  • Case competitions and Hack-a-thons: Present students with a topic or challenge and allow them to compete with peers.
  • Corporate Associates Program: Sponsorship opportunities through our Corporate Associates Program offer companies a chance to raise visibility among our student body, develop relationships with members of our faculty and staff, and forge strong connections with Penn State.

In addition to these opportunities, the college is always open to new suggestions for partnerships. To discuss recruiting strategy and additional opportunities for engagement, please contact Brianne Lippert, Assistant Director of Corporate Engagement at bek147@psu.edu or 814-865-4509.



Career Solutions & Corporate Engagement

E103 Westgate Building
Email: careers@ist.psu.edu
Phone: (814) 865-4509

Schedule an appointment: appointments.ist.psu.edu

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