Internships and Careers

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering strongly encourages undergraduate students to participate in career development opportunities such as internships and co-ops. These programs offer students the opportunity to relate their education to real-world situations in business and industry, increase their professional marketability and expand their network of professional contacts, all while exploring possible career paths and interests.  Also keep in mind that most employers use internships and co-ops as a prime source of new employees—typically looking to hire from the pool of former interns before considering external candidates.


Due to our strong relationships with our industrial and academic partners, students in the department have access to a variety of resources for short term career development opportunities and for full time employment after graduation.


The department works directly with the Engineering Career Resources and Employer Relations Office in the College of Engineering to provide access to their Engineering eCareer Database. This online tool allows MatSE students to browse an abundant list of internships, co-ops, research opportunities and permanent full time positions.

To take full advantage of all the opportunities and networks, make sure to Register with Engineering's eCareer Database to begin browsing positions.

There are information sessions, workshops and recruiting days going on year round, so make sure to check out the upcoming events page.

International Internship in Materials (IIM)

Thanks to the generous support of the Bayer USA Foundation and the Alcoa Campus Partnership Program, students in the department have an opportunity to participate in an internship at an international partner university. Students interested in this research internship opportunity can find more information on the International Internship in Materials (IIM) section of our site.

Job Opportunities

Our department is regularly notified of job opportunities that may be of interest to our students. Positions are regularly posted here on the MatSE website. This board features a collection of positions—from internships to full time employement opportunities—submitted to the department by our industry contacts and other academic institutions. The MatSE job board is a great place to browse possible career or career development opportunities.

Penn State Career Services

As part of Student Affairs, Penn State Career Services offers students a comprehensive array of programs and services that supports and facilitates career development. Whether you're looking to attend a career fair, improve your resume and cover letter, or find that perfect job or internship, Penn State Career Services is there to help.