For Faculty and Staff

For Faculty and Staff


It is difficult to overstate the impact that faculty have on student success, within the classroom and beyond. Our office supports the academic advising role of faculty while providing ways to integrate advising and career related topics into the curriculum as appropriate.

Referring students to Advising and Career Development

As we help our students to effectively navigate the vast resources available at Penn State, we rely heavily on the expertise of our colleagues. We often refer students to faculty and staff members throughout the University to provide our students with the specialized knowledge necessary to make sound decisions about their academic and career goals.

When considering where to refer a student, consult the following list of key services that Advising and Career Development provides:

  • Academic advising for students considering a change of college, major, or campus
  • Career counseling and assessment
  • Résumé and cover letter writing
  • Mock interviews
  • Job/internship search
  • Graduate/professional school preparation
  • Advising for students considering re-enrollment at Penn State
  • Academic planning and advising for DUS, Provisional, and nondegree students

Class Presentations

From a brief introduction of our resources to a 40-minute workshop, Advising and Career Development can visit classes to cover such topics as:

  • Major and career exploration 
  • MyPlan and other career assessment tools 
  • Interviewing skills
  • Effective social networking
  • Nittany Lion Career Network and internship search strategies

Faculty can contact our office to schedule a class visit. We welcome suggestions about other ways we can collaborate to fit the needs of a particular course.

Resources for Academic Advisers

Find specific information related to academic advising issues at Penn State, professional development opportunities for advisers and more. View the list of campus advisers.


Refer to our Events page for information about career fairs and workshops as well as reminders of important academic dates. You can easily add dates on our Google Calendar to your preferred mobile applications as well.

Academic and Career Resources

For Academic Planning

  • Recommended Academic Plans: Find the requirements for any major at Penn State broken down by semester in a table format. The plans show one possible path to complete a particular degree. Recommended academic plans are especially helpful to consult when interpreting a degree audit.
  • Accessing an Audit: Degree audits are available for all major(s) and minor(s) in which the student is currently enrolled. Detailed instructions are provided in LionPATH help. "What-If Reports" are available to help student evaluate the requirements of majors and minors that they are considering. Detailed instructions are provided in LionPATH help. Students should run a new audit every semester before meeting with their academic adviser to discuss courses for future semesters.
  • LionPATH Class Search: View the courses offered by any Penn State campus as soon as they are posted.
  • Entry to Major Requirements: All Penn State majors have entrance requirements. Most majors have just a few entrance requirements while others are very specific and tightly controlled. Find the entrance requirements for any major through this link.
  • Academic Calendar: Find the drop/add deadline, the late-drop deadline and other important dates during the semester here.
  • Penn State Webmail: Important messages from a students’ adviser, faculty, and others throughout the University will be sent to a students’ Penn State email address.

Assessments offers online assessment tools and resources that can help you focus your academic and career planning. MyPlan is free to Penn State York students and alumni, call 771-4053 for more information.

Nittany Lion Career Network (NLCN)

As Penn State’s online job and internship database, NLCN is used by students at all campuses. This comprehensive posting system allows students and alumni to post their résumé and apply for positions while providing networking opportunities via LionLink.

Visit the NLCN website for more information.


This networking program helps both students and alumni who are exploring careers, connect with volunteer Career Coaches. Representing a wide variety of careers, the LionLink network of Career Coaches are all Penn State alumni who can provide valuable insight and advice to any Penn Stater who is exploring careers. Visit the LionLink website for more information.


InterviewStream provides video based mock interviews so that students and alumni are able to practice for upcoming job or internship interviews through a computer with an internet connection as well as a webcam. Interview questions can be customized for a particular career field in order to make the experience more relevant.

Call 717-771-4053 for more information.

CNED 100: Effective Career Decision Making

CNED 100 is a 3-credit course geared towards first and second year students who are exploring majors, their career options, or both. Grounded in career development theory, the course provides a framework for students to think critically about the relationship between academic programs and careers while learning about strategies for effective career planning.

For Exploring Majors

Here you will find a collection of resources to narrow down the list of majors at Penn State and learn more about them.

For Career Planning and Exploration

Explore how majors are related to careers, the types of education and training required for specific occupations and career planning resources.

Preparing for the Internship Search

From résumé and cover letter preparation to interview strategies, you’ll find specific information required to effectively prepare for a variety of positions.

Locating Job Postings

You can expand your search for jobs and/or internships with these links and resources.