Center for Engineering Career Development

The Center for Engineering Career Development's mission is to help engineering students achieve their highest aspirations and become the next generation of global engineering leaders.

We prepare our students to make smart, strategic career decisions throughout their professional lives. We provide professional advising and counseling aimed at building their understanding of job search and career self-management processes. We help students identify their strengths and interests so they gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future. We also help connect them with prospective employers. Our services are available to engineering students at all academic levels.

The responsibilities of the Center for Engineering Career Development include:

  • Assisting students in identifying their strengths and interests to help them gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future
  • Building relationships with prospective employers
  • Hosting career fairs, workshops and seminars
  • Helping students build their professional skills, such as resume-writing, interviewing and building a solid online profile
  • Connecting students with internship opportunities and post-graduation opportunities such as graduate school
  • Working with graduate students on professional development activities
  • Making connections with engineering alumni
  • Students: Design a Career You Love

    At the Center for Engineering Career Development, we help students design a career vision that is in line with their unique interests, values and strengths. Here are some helpful links and resources:

    Online Resources - The center (located in Thornton A-wing) is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. If you need career-related assistance outside of office hours, take advantage of these 24-hour resources:

    • Tips, strategies, and handouts from the University Career Center.
    • Handouts available along the wall outside of the Engineering Career Development Center on the first floor of the A-Wing of Thornton Hall - A115
    • Handshake, your resource for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships posted by employers specifically for UVA students. All UVA students have access to the general job postings through the Handshake system. Register for an account today, complete your profile, and upload your resume!


    Schedule an Appointment - During summer hours, to schedule an appointment, please email

    Employer Presentations and Career Workshops - Some employers visit Grounds to conduct presentations. Please check the University Career Center Calendar website for employer presentations.

  • Employers: Hire a UVA Engineer

    To you, a prospective employer of UVA engineers, the Engineering Career Development Center offers consulting services on how to successfully recruit in the School of Engineering. We can assist in developing a recruiting strategy specifically tailored to the engineering students you seek. Please contact Peggy Reed, Employer Relations Manager, 434-924-3050 or, and check out "How to Recruit at UVA" to get started.

    Here are some important tips:

    UVA Recruiting Guidelines and Policies - Employers who recruit at the University of Virginia must adhere to the Principles for Employment Professionals (NACE) and these policies and guidelines.

    UVA On-Grounds Interviewing - On-Grounds interviewing is coordinated the UVA Career Center through Handshake, a free, online service listing full-time employment and internship opportunities. To see listings of employers participating in on-Grounds interviewing, you must log in to Handshake and complete the on-Grounds interviewing acknowledgment when prompted.

    There are many ways to get connected to our students, and we encourage prospective employers to engage in activities beyond recruiting. Such activities may include resume reviews, mock interviews, tech talks, industry panels, and more. Please contact our staff to discuss your specific recruitment needs.

    Register for the Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair on Wednesday, September 12

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  • Alumni: Network with Fellow 'Hoos

    We encourage alumni to stay connected and engage with our students to aid in their career development.  Alumni mentors can help students make decisions about their future plans, including choice of major, internships, career paths and graduate school.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact our staff and we can direct you to the appropriate channels for connecting with students.

    Post Jobs and Internships through Handshake – We encourage alumni to share job and internship postings with our students through our Handshake system; for more details, please see our information for employers on this page.

    Hoos Online Alumni Directory - Searching for fellow alumni to get career, graduate school or job search advice? The Alumni Directory now includes employment and career information. Click the Alumni Directory tab, then use the Advanced Search to identify those who meet your search criteria. E-mail them directly by clicking on the envelope.

    Alumni Association Clubs - The Office of Engagement provides information on alumni clubs located in almost 20 countries around the globe. Select the "UVA Clubs" link, and choose "Locations." Connect with club representatives to ask for their tips and advice.

    LinkedIn Alumni Groups - Create or log into your LinkedIn account and join the "UVA Engineering Alumni and Friends" and "University of Virginia Alumni, Students, and Friends" groups. Learn about the career pathways and experiences of alumni by searching the member listings for your location of interest.

    Looking for a new job or a career change?  The Center for Engineering Career Development’s advising services are available for alumni up to six months after graduation (typically through December for spring graduates); after that point, please contact Alumni Career Services for individual assistance. All alumni are welcome to attend UVA career fairs, workshops and information sessions to speak with employers who are actively recruiting.