Endless opportunities. Whether you like to work with people, come up with new ideas, or want to make a difference in the world, engineering will open the most doors. The skills that you develop as an engineer are highly sought after.  We will continually challenge you to think about ways to enhance your education -- through co-ops and internships, research, study abroad, volunteering, leadership experiences, clubs and organizations and other extracurricular activities. You ARE our next generation of leaders and problem solvers. The more you have developed your technical and transferable skills, the more competitive you will be as you enter the job market and the quicker you’ll make a difference in an organization.

Dream big but be flexible. In this time of constant transition and change, students who can shift their plans to the conditions of the job market will have less stress and more success. Talk with companies you’ve never heard of and explore careers you’ve never considered. You might be surprised at what you find and where it leads you.

You are not in this alone. The opportunities are out there but it’s up to you to be proactive and take owernership of your career. Utilize a variety of resources to guide you through this lifelong process. Familiarize yourself with the University’s on-line recruiting system,, to post your resume, search for positions, research companies and apply for on-campus interviews. Attend the fall and spring engineering career fairs, employer presentations, networking events and all of the other career related workshops and seminars you can. Take advantage of your existing network and seek out ways to make further connections. Meet with Engineering Professional Development to assist you through all stages of the career development process, including career exploration, resume and cover letter development, job/internship search strategies, interviewing preparation and offer evaluation and negotiation.

Cooperative Education & Internship Program

The program gives students the option of exploring and developing their careers through periods of professional practice. Experiences are institutionally supervised, professional engineering related experiences in business, industry, government or academia. The program is structured in a way that there is goal setting at the beginning, analysis and reflection at the mid-point and evaluation and feedback at the end.  Experiences range from part-time positions during the academic year to ten week summer internships to multi-term co-ops where students take off a semester of school to work full-timeThe benefits to students are endless:

  • Career Development: Develop professional and career skills through experience and application; Evaluate and explore different positions and organizations in Engineering

  • Competitive Edge: Increase competitiveness for full-time positions/higher starting salaries

  • Status/Documentation: Receive transcript notation and credit towards University Honors program requirements, ability to apply the work experience toward professional licensure, maintain full-time enrollment status, qualify for CPT, and earn an average pay rate of $14-$18 per hour

Career Development

Professional staff are available to guide students through the whole career development process.  It starts with a resume assignment in the first semester of the program, followed by workshops and individual advising appointments available each year to discuss job/internship search strategies, interviewing preparation, networking and job offer evaluation and negotiation.  The goal is to teach students these life-long skills early on so they can carry on with them through their entire career.

Professional Development Peers

Professional Development Peers are another resource to help mentor students through the career development process.  Upperclass engineering majors with prior co-op, internship or research experience are available on a walk-in basis in the Student Development Center.  They are trained to provide advice on resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, networking, LinkedIn or questions with the on-line system, Hireahawk.

Engineering Career Fairs

Our two annual engineering-specific career fairs bring in 80-100+ engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, business, IT, government and non-profit organizations each semester. Students can explore companies and careers, gain advice from recent alums and learn about co-ops, internships and full-time opportunities from small and medium sized organizations to large Fortune 500 corporations.

Hire-a-Hawk On-line Recruiting System is the University's on-line recruiting system designed to connect students and employers.  Students can search for companies and positions, upload their resume to be viewable by employers, apply for on-campus interviews and MORE! Students have access from day one all the way through graduation by logging in through MyUI.


Networking is the single most powerful marketing tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual. It's about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. Because we understand this skill is a critical one for any successful individual, students will have a number of opportunities to network with companies and professionals through presentations, workshops, lunch and learns and panels. LinkedIn is a great resource for networking and the College of Engineering has a group filled with alumni and current students that encourages communication!

Student Organizations

Did you know you can meet people with similar interests AND build your resume?  Join one of our 30 engineering student organizations to collaborate on engineering projects, compete in teams, network with employers, coordinateK-12 STEM activities or travel abroad.  We have major and industry-specific groups, honors organizations, sustainability organizations and diversity groups. Employers specifically seek out students with demonstrated leadership skills.  Organizations are honored each year at the Professional Development Awards Banquet.

Engineering Professional Development is part of Engineering Student Services located in 3124 Seamans Center.  Appointments can be made by calling 319-335-5763.