eCareer

eCareer is a free online job search system that lists current engineering co-op, internship, and entry-level full-time opportunities at hundreds of companies and government agencies across the country and around the world. Job descriptions are posted by employers seeking Penn State students or graduates and are reviewed and pre-approved by our staff to ensure their technical relevance.

eCareer is available to all undergraduate and graduate students in the Colleges of Engineering and Earth and Mineral Sciences, as well as recent alums from these colleges.

You can use eCareer to view information about on-campus recruiting (interviews), available positions (for employers not coming to campus), and employer informational meetings, events, and presentations.

Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer
Fraudulent Job Postings
Résumé Requirements for eCareer
How to Register for an eCareer Account
Log In to an Existing eCareer Account
Questions?


Job Posting/Company Verification Disclaimer

Engineering Career Resources & Employer Relations staff exert all reasonable efforts to check the legitimacy of employers and the validity of posted jobs and internships. However, due to the volume of job postings received, we are unable to fully research the legitimacy and validity of each organization or person posting a job vacancy or to guarantee that all jobs are still available.

Our office makes no guarantee about positions listed and is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of each individual job seeker to research the integrity of the organization(s) to which he or she is applying and to verify specific information pertaining to the job posting. Job seekers should exercise due diligence when applying for or accepting any position.


Fraudulent Job Postings

Although we review job postings in eCareer to the best of our ability, it's also important for you to use caution, instinct, and common sense when evaluating job opportunities (either in eCareer or anywhere else).

The following job posting features should raise red flags for any job-seeker*:

  • The posting requests that applicants provide personal information (e.g., Social Security Number, bank account numbers, credit card details, passport or driver's license numbers) at the time of application.
  • The posting offers applicants a job prior to having any type of interview or interaction with the employer.
  • The posting contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors.
  • The posting either contains no contact email at the company (to answer applicant questions) or provides the name of a contact with a personal email account (e.g., BobJones@gmail.com) rather than one associated with the company (e.g., BobJones@ABCManufacturing.com).
  • The posting either does not contain a link to the organizational URL or contains a link that directs the user to a site other than the organizational site (e.g., manufacturingcareers@hotlinks.net); note that sometimes a link may appear to be legitimate (e.g., manufacturingcareers@ABCManufacturing.com) but when you mouse over the link, it directs you to another (fraudulent) site.
  • The posting requires applicants to complete any type of financial transaction, including transferring or wiring money from one account to another or paying for a service by wire or courier.
  • The posting offers applicants money in exchange for allowing the use of their bank accounts for depositing checks or transferring money.
  • The posting focuses much more on the amount of money that can be made than on the actual job responsibilities.
  • The position either seems to offer a large paycheck for very little work or for minimal experience or offers a payment prior to starting the position.

*Content derived from information provided by NACELink Symplicity.

Remember that legitimate companies will never ask you to provide personal information such as Social Security numbers at the point of application, and will never ask you to pay to apply for any position!

Bottom line: If any aspect of any job posting you receive by email or see on eCareer makes you suspicious, do not pursue it any further and notify our office as soon as possible. We will investigate the situation and remove the employer/posting from eCareer. You should also contact the local police, who will conduct an investigation regardless of where the fraudulent posting originated. Finally, if you have already sent money in response to a fraudulent job posting, contact your bank and/or credit card company immediately.

If you found the posting elsewhere on the Internet, file an incident report with the U.S. Department of Justice or contact the Federal Trade Commission at: 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).


Résumé Requirements for eCareer

Before you can begin to apply for jobs through eCareer, you will need to register for an account and upload your résumé. If you don't have a résumé, or if you need some advice on updating your current résumé, here are some suggestions.

At the request of employers, we require that certain elements be included in any résumé posted in eCareer:

  • A phone number and email address where you can be reached
  • Your major and degree type (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering)
  • Your anticipated graduation date (month, year)
  • Cumulative GPA (GPA in major is optional); if you do not yet have a Penn State GPA, include your high school GPA or your GPA from a previous institution

We strongly recommend that students seeking co-op and internship positions include an objective statement, indicating what type of position is being sought and in what timeframe (e.g., "To obtain a mechanical engineering internship for summer 2015"). Since many employers hire students for both co-op and internship positions in both fall/spring and summer semesters, a simple objective statement to clarify a student's intent makes it easier for employers to quickly sort and review candidate documents.

We also strongly recommend that you do not include your references on your résumé; it is standard practice for an employer to request references from a candidate following an interview, not at the point of application.


How to Register for an eCareer Account

First-Time Registrants

  • When you register for a new account, you will be redirected to the Penn State Web Access site, where you will be asked to authenticate using your Penn State ID and password.
  • Complete the Student Registration, including the Student Agreement checkbox at the bottom of the page. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email message with additional instructions.
  • Upload your résumé (required) and other job search documents (optional). A member of our staff will review your résumé and either approve it or request that you make changes so it can be approved (generally, within 24–48 hours of submission during a regular work week). You must have an approved résumé in the system before you can apply for jobs. Please be aware that approvals may not be completed for several days during or immediately following major career events such as Fall Career Days or Engineering Career Week, when most of our staff is out of the office working at these events. Please plan accordingly!
  • Once your résumé is approved, you will be able to apply to jobs through the eCareer system. Some employers will also require you to apply for positions through their websites.

Students with Existing eCareer Accounts

If you have used eCareer in the past and have an existing account, please log in using Penn State Web Access to authenticate.

  • If you used another email client (e.g., Gmail) to create your eCareer account, you will be required to log in at this site to update your account email to your Penn State email address (e.g., abcd1234@psu.edu). If your eCareer password does not meet the system's security standards, you may be asked to change it prior to login.
  • You will be required to update your account information (GPA, class standing, etc.) and upload a new version of your résumé. A member of our staff will review your résumé and either approve it or request that you make changes so it can be approved (generally, within 24–48 hours of submission during a regular work week). You must have an approved résumé in the system before you can apply for jobs. Please be aware that approvals may not be completed for several days during or immediately following major career events such as Fall Career Days or Engineering Career Week, when most of our staff is out of the office working at these events. Please plan accordingly!

Be sure to reset your eCareer bookmark here. Attempts to log in using previously-bookmarked pages will be unsuccessful.


Log In to an Existing eCareer Account

Log in now using Penn State Web Access.


Questions?

If you are a student in the College of Engineering, contact our office.

If you are pursuing an engineering major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, contact the appropriate individual within your college.

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