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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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As a student in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, your professional goal is to make improvements — for others, for communities, for life.

You sacrifice time, energy, and resources to ensure that others have a brighter tomorrow, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

To round out your academic experiences, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of real-world opportunities to volunteer in the community, participate in internships, and get “hands on” within the industry where you will advance your career. Short-term work experiences at a company or organization that typically last one semester, internships allow you to gain work experience with one or more employer. Visit individual program pages for department-specific details on internship opportunities, and feel free to reach out to an Internship Coordinator to learn more.

Upon graduation, HHD students advance into esteemed positions across varying industries that all impact our college’s mission of making life better. Whether it’s helping a child with a communicative disorder succeed or participating in a physical therapy exercise for the disabled, our alumni are making a real difference in their communities and across the globe. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a number of different fields and experience careers centered on the overarching goals of serving others and helping to improve individual, family, and community well-being.

Visit Career Services for a full array of information on career counseling, interview assistance, employer visits, and other events and services.

Career Guide
for undergraduate and graduate students
This guide contains resources such as:
• career contacts for students
• career planning process
• career resource center
• informational interviewing
• how to effectively network
• maximize your online job search and so much more
Nittany Lion Careers
Get a head start by creating your Nittany Lion Careers profile. Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State's premier job site which allows all students and alumni from Penn State to view job postings.