Job Shadowing Program


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PSIMES will not be able to send students to off-campus sites for the foreseeable future. The board appreciates the support of our company sponsors in coordinating and hosting these visits and hope that we can continue this important program when conditions improve.

In the meantime, the PSIMES Job Shadowing committee has planned a series of topical virtual forums to provide students with exposure to work activities and career opportunities. 

The virtual forums, which will include participation from industry leaders across the country, will focus on four key disciplines that employ industrial engineers. We welcome alumni participation in these forums.


  • Management Consulting – September 2020
  • Manufacturing – November 2020
  • Health care – January 2021
  • Supply Chain – March 2021 


Each forum will be a panel discussion with six alumni and a moderator with questions that panelists will be provided in advance. We anticipate each will be approximately 90 minutes and will be on a weekday evening (dates to be determined). Alumni or company representatives interested in participating in these forums should complete the signup form.

We may not be able to utilize everyone who responds; however, we will keep this information for future forums or for job shadow visits. Thank you for supporting our students during what will be a challenging year!

The Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society (PSIMES) is proud to offer students and organizations the opportunity to participate in a Job Shadowing Program, which allows industrial engineering students at Penn State the opportunity to experience, firsthand, the rigors and rewards of an industrial/manufacturing engineering position in industry.


The goals of the PSIMES Job Shadowing Program are:

  1. To provide opportunities for current Penn State industrial engineering students to gain a real-life perspective of career opportunities by spending a day onsite with organizations that employ industrial and/or manufacturing engineers.
  2. To build relationships with organizations that employ industrial/manufacturing engineers to open opportunities for potential internships and permanent employment for Penn State industrial engineering students.

Job Shadow Times

  • Fall semester
  • Winter break
  • Spring semester
  • Spring break
  • Summer break


Please send questions about the program to



Home of the first established industrial engineering program in the world, the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at Penn State has made a name for itself in the engineering industry through its storied tradition of unparalleled excellence and innovation in research, education, and outreach.

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