Services for Master's Students

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 advisors 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.

These times, and the specific advisors 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 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.

FOR SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE MASTER'S STUDENTS 

To schedule an appointment, please log in to Handshake or call 215-898-3012 during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Jamie Grant, Senior Associate Director
jamie00@upenn.edu

Tiffany Franklin, Associate Director
ftiffany@upenn.edu

Kevin Haines, Associate Director
khaines@upenn.edu

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 typically held BOTH in the Towne Building (1st floor, most mornings 10-11 AM while classes are in session) and in our offices in Suite 20 in the basement of the McNeil Building in the afternoon.

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 or emailing khaines@upenn.edu. If by email, please be sure 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; you will receive an email when it is ready for you.


FOR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, THE SCHOOL OF NURSING AND THE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL POLICY & PRACTICE MASTER'S STUDENTS

To schedule an appointment, please log in to Handshake or call 215-898-4381 during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Group Appointments 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, particularly if they relate to networking, interviewing, and other professional communication skills. 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.

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

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

Esther Ra, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays.
estherra@upenn.edu

Nursing Walk-ins
Monday, 12pm-1pm

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

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

FOR ALL OTHER MASTER'S STUDENTS IN SUPPORTED PROGRAMS (ARTS & SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF DESIGN, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE)

To schedule an appointment, please log in to Handshake or call 215-898-7530 during normal office hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Group Appointments: 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.

WALK-INS

Daily walk-ins
are held at Career Services from 2 to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
WALK-INS ARE CANCELLED FOR 7/8, 7/12, 8/30, and 9/2.

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

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

Helen Pho, Ph.D., Associate Director
Available by appointment.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Thursdays.
helenpho@upenn.edu

Dianne Hull, Associate Director
Available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Tuesdays.
dhull@upenn.edu

Marianne Lipa, Career Advisor
Available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Walk-ins 2-3pm on Fridays.
mlipa@upenn.edu

WANDERING WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS

During the academic year, our advisors travel across campus to hold walk-ins on Wednesdays from 12 to 2 pm at various locations. The particular advisor holding walk-ins at each location rotates regularly. Please check back in the fall for updated details on locations and times.


List of Additional Services

CareerMail and Listservs
Sign-up for CareerMail communications when you activate your Handshake account to hear about jobs, internships, upcoming programs/workshops and career fairs, funding opportunities, networking events, online resources to help you in your job search and exploration, and more! Follow the instructions here to find out how to sign-up. The Nursing, Education, and Social Work Advising Team also continues to maintain some listservs for distributing job notices and other information, which you can sign up for here.

Practice Interview Sessions
You may schedule a video practice interview with a Career Services advisor, 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. Visit Handshake to schedule a mock 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.

Digital Career Resources
Access online subscriptions, virtual workshops and trainings, VR experiences and onlie career courses. Click here to go to the Digital Career Resources 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.

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.

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 advisors 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, are available here. Master's students interested in funding opportunities for their research can make use of these funding resources.