Ashley Rippey

Executive Director

Ashley Rippey

Ashley Rippey has been working at Penn State since 2012 and within Smeal since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Ad/PR from Penn State in 2007 as well as a Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Scranton in 2010.  Her work history includes experience in local government communications, marketing and event planning, corporate marketing, university admissions, and real estate. She is also a licensed realtor!

As Executive Director of the Business Career Center, her role is to oversee overarching policy and resources to ensure that the BCC staff can meet their mission of helping students meet their career goals. Her favorite part of her job at the BCC is working with the amazing Smeal students to help them reach their career goals.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys cheering on Penn State and the Steelers, watching a LOT of baseball, completing home improvement projects, and spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs. Ashley’s favorite things about Penn State are the community and the traditions. She says, “There are Penn Staters everywhere and once you meet one, you feel like you’ve met a family member!”

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Nittany Lion Careers, a new job posting system, is here!

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Penn State has launched Nittany Lion Careers. Students can view expanded job and internship/co-op postings, view upcoming career fairs and workshops, and more. SmealConnect has been replaced by Nittany Lion Careers.

What does this mean for you?

Access your career …

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A Summer at the Zoo

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The following is a blog crafted by Adam Martinez ’18 in description of his Summer ’17 internship with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. To secure this internship, Adam: 1) thought outside of the box 2) utilized resources outside of …

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Be Aware—Avoid Job Scams!

Be Aware---Avoid Job Scams!

Have you recently received an unsolicited email offering you an opportunity for employment? While it’s likely that you’ll be contacted by many legitimate companies over email, it is also likely that you will be contacted by illegitimate companies/scammers. Here’s what …

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Interested in working for the government? Quick tips to help you get there!

Interested in working for the government? Quick tips to help you get there!

Did you know that there are urgent hiring needs within the government? Many of them are within business and students as young as sophomores are eligible to apply! You can learn more about these opportunities here:  https://www.usajobs.gov/?c=opportunities. The best resource …

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5 Things to Do Halfway Through Your Internship

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Congratulations, career-minded [collegians]; you’ve officially made it to the halfway point of your summer internship! Spending hours picking out your perfectly-ironed first-day outfit and getting to the office 45 minutes early for fear of getting lost seems like it happened …

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Students should know there are pitfalls to reneging on an internship offer

Students should know there are pitfalls to reneging on an internship offer

From Smeal News, February 18: Original Source

A recent issue of Penn State Today included the latest edition of its Ask the Ethicist column. The current topic was especially relevant to Penn State Smeal College of Business students: “Can I …

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Entrepreneur: Startup CEOs Reveal the 1 Question They Ask Every Job Candidate

Entrepreneur: Startup CEOs Reveal the 1 Question They Ask Every Job Candidate

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The companies in this article were included in the Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index.

Part of the appeal of running your own business is that you get to hand-pick exactly who you work alongside each day. …

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Entrepreneur: The 12 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Leadership

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In honor of our first Making the Leap Leadership Program beginning on Monday, January 25, here’s a great article from Entrepreneur: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/269744.

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an …

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Vault: What Managers Can Learn From Coaches

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From Vault Careers: http://careerinsider.vault.com/blog/workplace-issues/what-managers-can-learn-from-coaches/

Watching a great sports team play together is something amazing. The perfectly coordinated teamwork. The impressive displays of athleticism. The obvious joy of the game that radiates from their success.

All of these qualities indicate a …

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