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Graduates of the Penn State Forensic Science program have been successful in gaining entrance into graduate programs and finding employment.  During their time at Penn State, some students have participated in internships which provided them with invaluable experience and training.  Find out where our students are interning, working, and learning.

Penn State Career Services

Penn State Career Services assists students in identifying and achieving their career goals.  This office offers a variety of programs and services to current students and alumni so that they can connect effectively with employers and graduate programs.  Some of the Career Services supported activities include: Career Days, Graduate and Professional School Week, specialized career fairs, and career preparation workshops.

ECoS Career and International Education Office - Externships

An externship is intended as a brief opportunity for students to interact with Penn State alumni in order to gain insight into a particular career path.  These opportunities typically occur in May of each year and are targeted for first and second year students.  The ECoS Career and International Education office organizes all externships.

Read about student externship experiences

ECoS Career and International Education Office - Internships

Forensic Science students can obtain hands on training and experience by completing an internship.  Internships can be paid or unpaid and can be completed solely for experience or for college credit.

Students can explore internship opportunities and apply on their own or they can work with the Forensic Science program and the ECoS Career and International Education office to apply for advertised internships.    For more information about the ECoS Career and International Education internship process visit their website.

ECoS Career and International Education Office - Resumes and Career Resources

The ECoS Career and International Education office can provide critiques and assistance with resume development.  Visit the resume section of their website for some great tips on writing your resume and to view some example resumes.  Their Career Resources site provides a comprehensive list of career related topics.

Personal Statements

Penn State Learning offers assistance in the development of personal statement for fellowships, scholarships, job, or school applications.  You can contact a personal statement specialist by emailing:

Requesting References or Letters of Recommendation

When applying for summer jobs, internships, graduate or professional programs, scholarships, or other special programs, students will typically need a recommendation from a faculty member.  It is important for students to interact with faculty during class time and office hours so that they have the opportunity to get to know you better and can provide you with those recommendations.  It is important that you attend class regularly; be prompt with arriving to class and completing your assignments; be respectful, courteous, and professional; and always do your best!

When requesting a recommendation or reference, you will need to complete the Request for Letter of Recommendation form.  You should also be prepared to provide the faculty member with a recent copy of your resume, information about the program (link to the website or copy of the program description), and indicate why you are applying to the program.  It is good practice to ask if they would like any additional information (personal statement, transcripts, pre-addressed envelopes, etc.) and determine if they would like your documents to be provided as hard copies or in an electronic format.  If possible, it is best to request your letters at least a month in advance to ensure that your faculty members have adequate time to provide you with a thoughtful letter.  Another good practice is to follow up with a “thank you”.

Keep in mind that a faculty member has the right to deny your request for a letter or reference.  In most cases, the faculty member might not feel that they know you well enough to provide you with the best possible letter.  In other cases, they might not feel that your performance in their course warrants a positive recommendation.

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