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Past Events

 Industry Immersion Week, May 9-13, 2022

Are you a graduate student nearing graduation or a postdoctoral scholar considering your next steps? Are you interested in exploring careers beyond the academy?

Are you interested in exploring careers beyond the academy?

If so, then Industry Immersion Week is for you! The program is an intensive experiential learning opportunity specifically designed to help graduate students and postdocs prepare for a successful job search and future career. During Industry Immersion Week, participants network and learn from industry leaders, Penn State alumni, and career services professionals. The program has three key learning outcomes:

Participants explore their strengths, skills, values, and interests to develop a career vision to guide future job searches.

Career Exploration
Participants are introduced to different sectors of industry and gain skills to be successful in corporate settings.

The Job Search
Participants will hone their resume, cover letters, interviewing and networking skills.

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  • Networking sessions and career panels
  • Leadership lunch series
  • One-on-One career counseling
  • Resume and Interviewing feedback sessions
  • Professional head shots


  • Penn State doctoral students within 2 years of graduation
  • Penn State master’s students within 1 year of graduation
  • Penn State postdoctoral researchers and scholars

When and Where:

  • May 9–13, 2022 at University Park campus. Program begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, May 9 with an Industry Networking reception. Sessions run 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Program concludes mid-day on Friday, May 13. Participants must attend all sessions.


  • $50 registration fee covers all meeting materials and lunches.

Travel Grants:

  • Travel grants are available to students and postdocs who are not enrolled at University Park campus. Grants cover transportation expenses up to $125 and hotel accommodations with breakfast for four nights.

Application Deadline:

  • March 27, 2022

For more information visit the Accelerate to IndustryTM website or contact Dr. Sarah Ades, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs at

Job Search Strategies for Graduate Students: February 8-24, 2022

The Graduate School in collaboration with Career Services is hosting Job Search Strategies Workshop Series for graduate students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from February 8 through February 24, 2022.

Job Search Strategies is a workshop series open to all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers featuring industry speakers and professional development experts that explores the wide range of career opportunities beyond the academy, methods to navigate a job search, and tactics to secure desired positions.

The series will include sessions on how to align your career path with your passions and interests, building an effective resume and cover letter; organizational culture, networking, and interviewing; job offers and negotiations; entrepreneurship and leadership; and strategies for successful interviews. Sessions will be led by professionals from industry and Penn State Career Services. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with career counselors as they develop their materials over the course of the workshop series.

While participants are encouraged to attend the full series of workshops, students are welcome to attend those sessions that are most closely aligned with their interests and schedule.

Registering in advance is strongly encouraged.


Session One: Resumes and Cover Letters

Presenter: Andrea Bechdel, Talent Specialist, Blue Mountain Quality Resources

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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Session Two: Career Exploration

Presenter: Penn State Career Services

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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Session Three: Organizational Culture, Networking, and Interviewing

Presenter: Ashley Molek, Human Resources Generalist, Silcotek

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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Session Four: Successful Internships

Presenter: Jen Mitchell, Vice President of People Operations, KCF Technologies

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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Session Five: Job Offers and Negotiations

Presenter: Kristin Simkins, Human Resources Director, Centre County Government

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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Session Six: Understanding Human Resources, Leadership, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Presenter: Lauren Weigold, Human Resources Director, Videon

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET

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