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While students ultimately bear most of the responsibility in their pursuit of a degree at Penn State, they often cite their network of family members as providing crucial support. Parents, siblings, spouses, and partners are frequently high on the list of those credited by students at commencement. Please use the information and resources below as we support your student, and help them to clarify and achieve the academic and career goals. 


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1974. FERPA protects the privacy of student education records. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA. Learn more about FERPA


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. 

Degrees and Majors at Penn State York

Learn more about academic programs at Penn State York

Academic Advising

New Students

All new students should meet with an adviser to plan for a successful transition and to discuss how their educational goals relate to their career goals.

After the offer from admissions has been accepted, what happens next? Follow this link to find out. 

Empowering Students to Take Control of Their Academic and Career Goals

All students at Penn State are assigned an academic adviser who is a full-time faculty member or professional adviser. Advisers help students develop an appropriate plan of study for their academic and career goals.

While both the academic adviser and the student have a number of responsibilities, the student must assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements. 

It is each student’s responsibility to contact, and meet with, their academic adviser regularly. The contact information for each student’s adviser is located under “Adviser Information” in eLion and can also be found in the campus directory.

Students should be in contact their adviser at least twice each semester:

  • During “Check in with Your Adviser Week”, the fifth week of each semester.
  • To discuss course scheduling for the following semester. (refer to “When Can I Schedule?” on the Schedule of Courses)

Career Development


Advising and Career Development offers a variety of services to help students clarify their academic and career goals and to understand how they are related. All students are encouraged to be proactive in their career planning and begin the exploration process early in order to fully take advantage of the resources at Penn State. Here is a basic list of the services we offer:

  • Career assessments
  • Résumé/cover letter reviews
  • Customized class presentations for faculty
  • Job and internship search assistance
  • “Career Week” and networking events 
  • Information about career fairs Individual mock interviews (in-person and online)
  • Information about effective use of social media 


MyPlan.com 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 717-771-4053 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 resume 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. Go to alumni.psu.edu/career/lion-link 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. 

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.

Academic and Career Resources

For Academic Planning

Essential links for academic planning including eLion, recommended academic plans, degree audits, entry to major requirements and more can be found here. 

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 Job/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/Internship Postings

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

Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer

Read the full disclaimer which describes the shared responsibility among Penn State Career Services (including University Park and Commonwealth Campus career offices) and internship/job seekers in researching and identifying potential concerns about the legitimacy of employers and their respective postings.