Doctoral Students & Postdocs

Connect with Us

There are a variety of ways in which you can connect with us, and many different resources that you can use to help you during your job search. The following information will detail the types of appointments we offer, and help you to make the most of these meetings by recommending specific ways in which you can be prepared ahead of time.

Career Services works with doctoral students in all schools, with the exceptions of the Law School, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine and students in the Perelman School of Medicine pursuing only MDs.

Additionally, Career Services works with the following postdoctoral fellows:

  • Current Biomedical postdocs in Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs
  • Current postdocs in Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
  • Current postdocs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Note: We are not able to see research associates or former postdocs, unless they are Penn alumi/ae.

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List of Additional Services
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Appointments & Walk-Ins

School of Engineering Doctoral Students Seeking Jobs in Industry

Graduate School of Education, Social Policy and Practice, and Nursing Doctoral Students
Doctoral students and Postdocs in: Annenberg, Arts & Sciences, Design, Medicine, SEAS (Seeking Academic/Research Positions), and Wharton

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 scheduled in advance and mock interviews are one-hour practice sessions designed to sharpen your interviewing skills. Video recording is available for mock interviews upon request.

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. As it can take a while to read over application materials, the 15-minute walk-in slots do not allow for in-depth reviews of cover letters, CVs, resumes, teaching philosophies, or research statements. If you are looking for a more comprehensive review, or have more complex questions you need answers to, then set up an individual appointment with a counselor.

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 to confirm that walk-ins are being held.

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

FOR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING DOCTORAL STUDENTS SEEKING JOBS IN INDUSTRY

215-898-3012

Rosette Pyne, Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins Monday through Thursday: 10:00am to 11:00am
rpyne@upenn.edu

Jamie Grant, Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins Monday through Thursday: 10:00am to 11:00am
jamie00@upenn.edu

Beth Olson, Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins Monday through Thursday: 10:00am to 11:00am
olsonb@upenn.edu

Tamara Mason, Administrative Assistant
masont@upenn.edu

FOR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL POLICY & PRACTICE doctoral students

215-898-4381

Sharon Fleshman, Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.
fleshman@upenn.edu

John Tuton, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays
jftuton@upenn.edu

Sarah Hastings, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
shasting@upenn.edu

Ebony Brown, Administrative Assistant
ebonyn@upenn.edu

Nursing Walk-ins
Monday, 12pm-1pm

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

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

doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in Annenberg, Arts & Sciences, design, medicine, SEAS (Seeking ACADEMIC/RESEARCH Positions), and wharton

215-898-7530
Appointments must be scheduled by phone and not by emailing individual advisors. Please call during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Rosanne Lurie, Senior Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 1:30-2:30pm on Mondays, and 2-3pm on Fridays.
rlurie@upenn.edu

Joseph Barber, Ph.D., Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2:30-3:30pm on Mondays, and 2-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
barberjo@upenn.edu

Fatimah Williams Castro, Ph.D., Associate Director
Available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and every other Friday.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Wednesdays.
fwil@upenn.edu

Julie Miller Vick, Senior Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Walk-ins 11am-12pm on Wednesdays.
vick@upenn.edu


List of Additional Services

Email Lists / Listservs
Career Services counselors maintain humanities, social science and science 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.

Programs and Workshops
We offer many programs on career options, job-hunting, and preparation for academic and post-academic careers. These include an annual Academic Career Conference, Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, and the Job Search Series. Click here for a sample of program details, including archived presentations of past programs.

Academic Job Search Handbook
One copy of this complete guide to conducting a job search, including an extensive section on writing curriculum vitae and cover letters, is available to every Penn doctoral student and current postdocs (who have been postdocs for at least one year) for $10. (Retail price is $18.95). More information can be found here.

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. We will record the mock interview, and then playback your answers on the computer so that we can discuss how you did, and how you might use strategies to answer certain types of questions more effectively. Call 215 898-7530 to schedule a 60-minute mock interview, and then contact the counselor you will be meeting with by e-mail to them know what type of position you will be interviewing for. 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.

Alumni Career Networks
Approximately 2,000 alumni in more than 30 career fields can talk with you individually to discuss their work. To connect with a member of QuakerNet, click here. Additional resources are available on Career Services' main Alumni Menu.

Letters of Recommendation and Credential Service
Career Services has partnered with Interfolio, Inc., the premier web-based credential file management service. For more information, visit the Credentials Homepage.

Library
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.

Fellowship Information
Current issues of The Grants Advisor and the Career Services Funding Database are also available through the funding section of the Career Services website.

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 PennLink, iNet and through our listservs.

Recruiting
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.