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Career Services


Services are available to prospective students, current students, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members. We provide career exploration opportunities such as job shadowing and internship programs, part-time jobs during the school year and summers, and help with job placement as students near graduation.

Career Services strives to provide resources and information on topics such as job search strategies, resume and cover letter development, interview techniques, occupational outlook, job market trends, graduate programs, and technology impact on the job search. Additionally, Career Services, in cooperation with the Iowa College Recruiting Network (ICoRN), organizes three Career Interview Days for current students, and William Penn hosts one or two Career Fairs for students, alumni, and the community annually.


See job descriptions and application details for these and more on the Penn Job Blog! And don’t forget the Handshake platform; search for jobs or review those posted. 

See the current jobs posted in the Penn Job Blog at Among those new this week:

Production/Sports Announcer Wanted!
KNIA/KRLS Radio, a Central Iowa Full Service radio station, has an opening for a trained, on-air announcer. This position requires extensive production work and an on-air shift, a strong working knowledge of the internet and a passion for computers. There is room to grow as our company grows. Ties to Iowa would be a benefit, as well. Benefits include health insurance and matching retirement. For more information about this position or to set up a confidential interview, please send your audition and resume to KNIA/KRLS Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wanted: Assistants at Ironside Axe Club
The Ironside Axe Club in Oskaloosa seeks one or two people to work 5 to 10 hours per week at the Axe Club. Usual hours are 5 to 10 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, with occasional times for private parties. You will receive coaching and training on how to throw an axe (!). If interested, email today!

Seeking Part-Time Pharmacy Help
Oskaloosa’s Walmart Pharmacy is looking for a student with science interests who might be interested in working in the pharmacy. The Pharmacist would prefer students not yet seniors so they could work longer than a year, but is also open to seniors who might be interested and qualified.

If interested, contact Ellen Alexander at to let her know you are applying, and then fill out the application on the Wal-Mart website; she will watch for your applications.

SMART Scholarship for STEM Candidates
The Department of Defense is offering a scholarship program to support the education of America’s future scientists and engineers. Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students are eligible to apply. Candidates may be from one of 21 SMART STEM Disciplines. SMART stands for Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation.

For full details and how to apply, visit
Deadline is December 1, 2020.

Free Career Resource to Help During Covid-19 Crisis

Check out Zippia’s free career resource tool where WPU students can research how to navigate starting a career during the pandemic. Link to this resource here:

Some of the topics you can explore on Zippia include Senior Job Hunt, Graduate Exams, Common Remote Jobs, Companies Hiring, Work from Home Tips, and more.

Zippia is a resource site for job seekers who want to empower their career aspirations with knowledgeable data. Zippia has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC and the NY Times, among other leading publications.

LinkedIn Networking

LinkedIn Information


Job searching for summer, internships, or post-grad positions? Be careful of the personal information you share ahead of being offered the job and filling out paperwork or signing contracts. Legitimate employers should NOT be requiring your Social Security Number before you have officially accepted a position, and then working with their Human Resources representatives to complete required paperwork. IF you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask Career Services for guidance. (AND, you should not have to pay a fee to apply for a legitimate position.) BEWARE!


If you haven’t joined Handshake yet, now is the time. Not only are you able to search for jobs and internships on Handshake, but if you also complete your profile, participating employers will be able to send you job and internship opportunities based on your profile! Couldn’t be easier!! Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, Grad Students, and Alumni – this platform is for YOU! As of today, there are over 3,200 employers who are approved in our system, and looking to hire Penn students. These employers have posted over 4,000 opportunities, currently in the system. And these opportunities are all over the United States. (Some employers also have jobs abroad.)

Visit the Penn Job Blog at for additional job postings, internships and career tips. Join Handshake, and even more opportunities are available! Questions? Contact the Career Services department for more information at 641-673-2173 or by email.

Students and Alumni Testimonies

Brandon Brown
‘17: Brandon’s internship was, “… an amazing
experience I will never forget!” Plus his internship turned into a part
time job – proof that internships can turn into so much more!




Tyler Doherty ‘18: Tyler explains his experience with Career Services:
“It was reassuring – great communication from the staff.
I learned a lot more and became more prepared for my future.”



Briana McRae
‘17: McRae would advise her fellow Statesmen
to not let their busy schedules hinder them from looking into internship
opportunities. “Many employers are willing to work with your
academic and athletic schedules, Internships can lead to much more!”


Kera Kalco
’17: “TAKE THE INTERNSHIP. Any internship.
Get your foot in the door… you will get skills and knowledge and confidence
that you can’t get anywhere else… I don’t think you could ever regret taking
an internship, but you certainly will regret not taking one.”

Career Mentoring Program

The William Penn Career Mentoring Program provides current students with an opportunity to be matched with an industry professional who will assist in the development of the skills and perspectives that are necessary to succeed in the professional world. Participants will be evaluated and matched through a selection committee to help foster a good connection between a mentee and his or her mentor. If you’re interested in being a Mentor or Mentee (only current WPU students being accepted as mentees at this time), please submit an online application below. We look forward to working with you!.

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Debbie Stevens, M.A.,  Career Services Coordinator

Debbie works hand-in-hand with employers to place students in internships, as well as shadowing and job opportunities. She also provides students with job search materials and organizes career-centered events. Debbie works with current students, alumni, and the local community on their resumes, cover letters, and interview etiquette.

Career Services

NameOffice PhoneEmailTitleOffice
Debbie Stevens641-673-2173emailCoordinator of Career ServicesPenn 220