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DUS News - December 10, 2018

Continuing to Explore Over Break

Winter break can be the perfect time to continue to explore various pathways to help in your major and career decision making. One way you can do this is by talking to people within your field of interest through an informational interview. Informational interviews allow you to gather relevant information to help you make an informed career and major choice. Whether it is interviewing a faculty member associated with a major you are considering or a family friend with an interesting job, most people love talking about their career path. Start to gather information about majors, and connect with people of interest today.

Leave of Absence

Are you considering taking some time off next semester? If so, you may want to think about filing a Leave of Absence, which allows you to return to the University without having to apply for re-enrollment and without having to change your academic program. If this is something you are pondering, please talk to your academic adviser as soon as possible, as there are still items that need to be considered (ie. Student Aid). The deadline to file a Leave of Absence for Spring 2019 is Friday, January 4, 2019.

Declaring Your Major...also known as ...Update Academics

If you have reached a decision about your choice of major and meet the qualifications to enter that major, you can use “Update Academics” in LionPATH to process a change into your major. Be aware, the "Update Academics" function on LionPATH will be turned off between December 14 and January 3.

Important Dates: 
  • December 10-14
    - Final Exams. Good luck!
  • December 14 - January 3
    - Update Academics unavailable
  • January 7 (Mon)
    - First Day of Classes Spring 2019

More events at dus.psu.edu/calendar.

Resource Spotlight: 
Academic Review

Keep checking your Penn State email. You will receive an Academic Review from your Adviser during winter break, which will contain feedback about your schedule for the spring semester.

Events and Announcements: 
Masters of Accounting Program Application Deadline
All Campuses

Attention Sophomores: The deadline to apply to the Integrated Masters of Accounting Program is Friday, January 18th at midnight.  There will be an information session held on Thursday, January 10 from 6–7 p.m. in 110 Business Building. More information can be found at https://www.smeal.psu.edu/macc/integrated/admissions

Spark Program
University Park

Interested in doing research or possibly studying abroad at some point in your academic career? Consider applying for the Spark Program. SPARK is a 7-week educational experience discussing funded opportunities for research or study abroad. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to help them take ownership of their undergraduate career and become competitive applicants, as well as leaders in their fields. Presenters include Penn State’s current and past fellowship recipients and key faculty on campus. Dinner is provided at every session/presentation.

Topics include: 

  • Undergraduate research and internships
  • Leadership and civic engagement
  • Working with faculty
  • Writing a personal statement

Application deadline is January 11, 2018. Learn more at ufo.psu.edu/spark.

Development and Alumni Relations Summer Internship
University Park and Altoona

The Division of Development and Alumni Relations Summer Internship Program is an eleven-week program for students or recent graduates interested in learning more about a career in fundraising and nonprofit work. This experience immerses selected individual in the workings of a development office at Penn State’s University Park campus. It enables participants to learn about the fundraising profession while gaining firsthand experience assisting the operations of a development office. By coupling hands-on work with traditional classroom learning, the internship is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and the skills to embark on a career in higher education development or nonprofit work.

Applications for the 2019 internship are now open! Applications are due January 2, 2019. Apply below to our positions at the University Park and Altoona campuses. 

More Information | Apply for the University Park position or Altoona position

Sponsored by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.