Services for Master's Students

Appointments and Walk-ins By Advisor
List of Additional Services
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Appointments & Walk-Ins

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Graduate School of Education, Social Policy and Practice, and School of Nursing
School of Arts and Sciences, Design, and Medicine

Career Services counselors are available to discuss concerns regarding career planning and job hunting during appointments, walk-ins and mock interviews. Walk-in appointments are 15-minute meetings available on a first-come first-served basis, appointments are half-hour meetings and mock interviews are one-hour practice sessions designed to sharpen your interviewing skills. Video recording is available for mock interviews upon request.

To schedule an appointment or mock interview, log in to our online platform, Handshake, or call (215) 898-3012 during regular business hours (Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

During walk-in times, counselors are available to answer your questions or review your documents during 15-minute time slots. Given the limited time, you should use walk-in appointments to get answers to specific questions you have, or to have a preliminary review of your job application materials.

These times, and the specific counselors who are scheduled to take walk-ins each day are subject to change. It is best to call ahead (215) 898-3012 to confirm that walk-ins are being held.

QUICK TIP: Check out the Job Search Materials page on our website before meeting with a career advisor, if you are interested in getting a review of your cover letter, CV, resume, or other written correspondence. There are useful resources on this page that can help you develop a more effective draft that we can then review with you.



Rosette Pyne, Senior Associate Director

Jamie Grant, Associate Director

Tiffany Franklin, Associate Director

Katie Barlow, Administrative Assistant

Advisors are available to discuss concerns regarding career planning and job searching through half-hour appointments or on a walk-in basis. Walk-in advising blocks are 10-15 minutes long and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups for walk-ins begin no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the walk-in period.  Walk-in sessions are in our offices in Suite 20 in the basement of the McNeil Building.

Appointments: To schedule an appointment in advance with a career advisor, visit Handshake or contact Katie at 215-898-3012. 

Summer 2017 Walk-ins:  Please call our office to schedule an appointment with an advisor at 215-898-3012. 

Engineering Resume Critiques

If you would like to have your resume critiqued by a career advisor, submit any documents for review specifically to the Engineering Team at Career Services by dropping off printed documents in our office when classes are in session. Emailed resumes will only be accepted for alumni, during summer break, and for students who are abroad. If by email, please be sure that the documents sent are in Word (no PDFs) and that you put "Review Request" in the subject line. Please allow up to three to five business (working) days for your review to be completed.


Appointments must be scheduled via Handshake or by phone and not by emailing individual advisors. Please call during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Sharon Fleshman, Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.

John Tuton, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Esther Ra, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays.

Nursing Walk-ins
Monday, 12pm-1pm

GSE Walk-ins
Tuesdays, 1:30pm-2:30pm

SP2 Walk-ins
Wednesdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm


Appointments must be scheduled via Handshake or by phone and not by emailing individual advisors. Please call during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday). 

NEW FOR 2017: If you would find it helpful to meet with a career advisor as a small group of Penn students/postdocs (maximum of 3 people), then you are welcome to request a group appointment. This might be helpful if you all have very similar questions or experiences you want to talk about. When calling to make an appointment, please state that this will be a group appointment and whether there will be 2 or 3 people in total. All group members must be eligible to use Career Services.

NEW SCHEDULE FOR WALK-INS (beginning May 30th, 2017)

The times and specific counselors who are scheduled to take walk-ins each day are subject to change. It is best to call ahead (215-898-7530) to confirm that walk-ins are being held.

Joseph Barber, Ph.D., Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Mondays.

Helen Pho, Ph.D., Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Dianne Hull, Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Wednesdays.

Marianne Lipa, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Thursdays

List of Additional Services

Practice Interview Sessions
You may schedule a video practice interview with a Career Services counselor who will help you present yourself to employers more effectively. The counselor will ask you types of questions you may get in an interview, will record and play back the mock interview so that you can discuss how you did, and what strategies you might use to answer certain types of questions more effectively. Call to schedule a 45-minute mock interview; if you wish, you may then email the counselor with whom you will be meeting to let them know for what type of position you will be interviewing. You can also send the job announcement and your application materials ahead of time as well, as this can help us put together a list of the general types of questions that you might be asked during your interview.

Programs and Workshops
We offer many programs on career options, job-hunting, and preparation for academic and non-academic careers. Click here for a sample of program details, including archived presentations of past programs.

The Career Services library includes directories of employers, books on career fields and job-hunting, periodicals that list job openings, and fellowship information. Click here to go to the Library Homepage.

Files of Letters of Recommendation
Career Services has recently partnered with Interfolio, Inc., the premier web-based credential file management service since 1999. For more information, visit the Credentials Homepage.

Alumni Career Networks
Thousands of alumni in more than 30 career fields can talk with you individually to discuss their work. Sign into QuakerNet to take advatnage of the searchable database of alumni. Additional resources are available on Career Services' main Alumni Menu.

Email Lists / Listservs
Career Services counselors maintain distribution lists so that program, job and funding information can reach graduate students and postdocs quickly and directly. To see a complete listing of the lists we offer and to get instructions on how to sign up, please click here.

Job Listings, Internships, Summer and Part-Time Jobs
Permanent, summer, and part-time openings with employers interested in Penn students can be found online through Handshake, iNet, and through our listservs.

Representatives from government and business conduct employment interviews with students who will graduate within the year. Click here to go to our On Campus Recruiting homepage. See one of the graduate counselors to discuss ways to work with the recruiting system. Hundreds of presentations also give you ways to meet representatives of organizations. Career fairs are a good way to connect with employers in nonprofit, public service and private sector organizations. Click here for a list of our career fairs.

Funding and Fellowship Information
Funding directories relevant for graduate students, including The Grants Advisor and the Career Services Funding Database, are available here. Master's students interested in funding opportunities for their research can make use of these funding resources.