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Mentoring Program

Penn State’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Mentoring Programs Mission is to provide career guidance to all Penn State CEE undergraduates and graduate students by Penn State CEE graduates currently engaged in the vast career choices that the civil and environmental engineering profession provides.

Mentors and mentees interact on a one-to-one basis using a mutually agreed upon method of communication. This effort may include phone calls, emails or face-to-face meetings. Through participation in the mentoring program, both mentor and student will share knowledge and ideas to bridge the gap between the academia world and the professional world by providing guidance that can be used by the student to launch into a successful and fulfilling career.

What to Expect

Occasional phone calls and emails to ask questions and seek advice

  • Potential face to face meetings
  • Advice on selection of civil and environmental engineering specialty selection
  • Review strategies to pursue and obtain internships and full-time employment
  • Resume critique
  • Discussions on what-to-expect when starting a new job
  • Advice on how to communicate with prospective employers
  • Critical habits to succeed in your career.

Participation and Eligibility


All CEE students enrolled at the University Park or Harrisburg campuses are eligible to participate in the mentoring program on a voluntary basis.


Alumni mentors serve on a voluntary basis and are alumni of Penn State’s Civil and Environmental program. They represent the wide range of career opportunities in Civil Engineering and are successful professionals in their respective disciplines.



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084