Penny Loretto

  • 20 years of experience in human resources, career counseling, and internship advisement
  • Associate Director in the Career Development Center at a Skidmore College
  • Has her own private career counseling practice, Career Choice
  • Licensed career counselor


Penny Loretto is a former writer for The Balance Careers covering internships. Articles included developing effective resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters as well how to find people to give good references. Articles on internships abroad and internships for special populations helped readers locate specific resources for targeted populations. Interviewing techniques as well as how to be a successful intern were also covered.

Loretto is currently the Associate Director in the Career Development Center at a Skidmore College, a small liberal arts college. She has her own career counseling practice, Career Choice, where she works with adults in career transition. She conducts career planning workshops including researching career options, job search strategies, and resume development.

Loretto is recognized as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (L.M.H.C.) with the state of New York, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Master Career Counselor (MCC), and a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC).

She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).


Loretto has a bachelor's degree in business, with a concentration in human resources management from Empire State College (SUNY) in Saratoga Springs, New York. She also earned a master's degree in education, with a concentration in counseling from The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.

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