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The following sampling of tools and resources should be combined with your own research. We suggest you use targeted keyword searches to find representative employers and opportunities, explore professional associations, join LinkedIn groups, and browse additional job board postings. Remember to also search LinkedIn and MyPenn (formerly QuakerNet) to connect with Penn alumni in fields related to your interests. Additionally, the sample jobs and employers are only a small selection of what’s posted in Handshake – log in to see much more!
We also suggest using the Career Exploration section of our website for more information or researching by major.
Many career opportunities in STEM fields need candidates who have strong research, technical, and scientific skills. However, roles in industry also need a wide range of transferable skills that are essential for getting the research done in a timely, collaborative, and impactful way. Skills such as effective communication, problem solving, project management, collaboration, and innovation, are all highly valued in industry. Understand which professional skills you need to build during your time at Penn by using resources such as iBiology and ChemIDP, and then learn how to communicate these effectively in your resumes and interviews.
Creating a spreadsheet of employers that do the kind of work and research that you hope to do as a professional is always a good idea. This can help you prioritize your networking and job search. Use keywords in the job sections of Handshake and LinkedIn to see which organizations are interested in your skills. Check out the employers that alumni from Penn are working at now in our outcomes surveys, and see where students have had their internships. Use CareerShift to perform a company search by industry and geographical locations to get a great list of organizations to explore (and email addresses for contacts too!).
There are many opportunities for you to connect with employers and alumni over the course of an academic year. Some employers will hold information sessions that can be a fantastic way to understand more about a company, their positions, and their hiring practices. Search for these on Handshake, and make sure to complete your Handshake profile and make it public so that employers can reach out to you. Attend some of our career fairs to engage with employers, recruiters, and alumni – these are useful networking events even if you are not actively looking for jobs or internships. And don’t forget to take advantage of the interactive alumni database on LinkedIn!
On this page, we’ve compiled many resources to help you prepare for a career in the life or physical sciences. Of particular interest should be our industry specific job boards, as well as various scientific professional organizations.
Sharon Zheng, SEAS ’24, Rockville, Maryland
This summer I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in ModLab, a subgroup in GRASP. The lab focuses on modular robotics, which are robots that consist of numerous simple modules that …
Annie Xia, COL ’25, Cincinnati, Ohio
This summer, I was glad to have the opportunity to continue my work at the Jurado Lab at Perelman’s Department of Microbiology. Coming into Penn as an aspiring physician-scientist, I’d always hoped to hone …
Winson Liu, COL ’25, Philadelphia, PA
“What does the fruit fly matter?” I’ve been asked this question who-knows how many times this past summer by friends. One such reason the fruit fly matters is because they allow for scientists to …
David Candia, SEAS ’23, Sacramento, California
This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Bargatin Research Group at Penn in the Mechanical Engineering department. The group focuses on research in nanofabrication techniques to create materials and structures with …
Sean Hilgendorf, COL ’24, Howard Beach, NY
This was the second summer I had the opportunity to conduct research at Penn in the Brian Gregory Lab. I had the pleasure of working alongside my mentor, Wil Prall, to process and …