Every engineering student will have a different experience in their career exploration during their time at CU Boulder. We know it can be tough to navigate, so we've prepared some guidelines to help you along the way.
Step One: Get Started.
- Create a profile in Handshake.
- Meet with a career development advisor to set goals and develop a career plan.
- Identify your interests, abilities, and personality.
- Explore majors, industries, and companies within the STEM field.
- Develop a summer plan to gain experiences, i.e. join at least one engineering/technical student organization or society; initiate your own independent project; volunteer; intern; etc.
- Create a resume and LinkedIn profile.
Step Two: Explore Opportunities.
- Meet with a career development advisor to develop a strategic internship search based on industry recruitment cycles. (Hint: start early!)
- Understand and practice informational interviewing and networking.
- Attend career events, i.e. career fairs, Show & Tech sessions, workshops, etc.
- Gain leadership experience by taking on more responsibilities in your student organization or extracurricular activity.
- Review and revise your resume. Develop a cover letter, targeting specific internship opportunities.
- Upload application materials to Handshake and make your profile viewable to employers.
- Consider enrolling in COEN 2500 Industry 101: Technical Career & Professional Development.
- Check with your department about major-specific career courses, requirements, or enrichment programs.
Step Three: Gain Experience.
- Attend career fairs and other recruiting opportunities, i.e. Show & Techs, on campus.
- Research companies, learn their recruitment cycle and target your internship search.
- Consistently apply for internships until you have an offer.
- Meet with a career development advisor to learn about interviewing skills and/or networking.
- Schedule a mock interview appointment with a career development advisor.
- Actively participate in professional organizations and associations.
Step Four: Finish Strong.
- Peak recruiting: September & October in the fall and January, February & March in the spring.
- Attend career fairs and employer recruiting events.
- Create a list of prospective employers, including names and contact information.
- Update your resume with internship experiences and relevant projects.
- Expand your professional wardrobe for interviews.
- Learn about job offers and negotiations.
- Plan to take the FE exam if necessary for your career interests