Center for Engineering Career Development Blog

We prepare our students to make smart, strategic career decisions throughout their professional lives. Through professional advising and counseling, students can build their understanding of job search and career self-management processes, identify their strengths and interests, and connect with prospective employers so they gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future.

    UVA graduate school programs to consider for Fall

    May 19, 2020

    UVA Graduate Programs To Consider for Fall 2020

    COVID-19 completely changed the post-graduation view for a lot of students. If the new economic realities have you considering graduate school as an option, you’ll need to know what your options are at this time. We’ve put together information for you from UVA graduate programs that are still accepting applications.

    Making the most of your summer during COVID-19

    April 21, 2020

    Dear Students,

    As we enter the home stretch of the spring semester, we know that many of you may be looking ahead to the summer and seeking ideas of how to spend your time in the midst of COVID-19. Some of you may have had your summer plans cancelled or otherwise impacted, and our team is here to support you as you explore alternate plans.

    Our team has gathered a variety of resources and ideas that can help you gain knowledge relevant to your field, develop skills, and grow your network – from anywhere!

    We’re also closely collaborating with employers and faculty to create additional virtual opportunities you can participate in this summer.

    Read on to learn about a variety of options! Pick and choose the ones that seem most interesting to you, and design your own summer experience. And, as always, reach out to our career advisors to discuss your personal situation.


    Julia Lapan, Director of Engineering Career Development

    Alumni Spotlight: 1st Grade Teacher - Anna Holowinsky

    February 19, 2020

    In our Alumni Spotlight series, we ask alumni to tell us about their careers and how their UVA experiences prepared them for life after the Lawn.

    Meet Anna Holowinsky, a May 2014 Systems Engineering graduate who minored in Psychology and was involved in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Center for Christian Study, and the Cavalier Marching Band.


    5 ways you can maximize your summer experience

    February 12, 2020

    Summer offers students the ephemeral opportunity to get experience beyond the limitations of a classroom or the larger Charlottesville area. But aside from getting a summer job or internship, many students wonder how they’ll be able to fill up those long, warm summer days. The list of opportunities below comes from the recent “Summer Experiences Resources Fair'' and details unique, lesser-known opportunities for undergraduate students to make the most of their summer. 

    4 things to expect from an information session

    February 05, 2020

    While all companies treat their information sessions somewhat differently, you can always expect to leave one feeling more knowledgeable about a company or a particular role. Whether it’s a formal presentation, a roundtable discussion, or a moderated Q&A, all information sessions offer a similar value to prospective hires. Read on to learn 4 things you can expect from any information session. 

    Alumni Spotlight: Biomedical Engineering Researcher - Garrett Beeghly

    January 21, 2020

    In our Alumni Spotlight series, we ask alumni to tell us about their careers and how their UVA experiences prepared them for life after the Lawn.

    Meet Garrett Beeghly, a 2017 Biomedical Engineering graduate who minored in Engineering Business. Garrett was the Editor-in-Chief of The Spectra Engineering and Science Research Journal, Member of the Raven Society, Rodman Scholar, Member of the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

    UVA BME alum Garrett Beeghly

    Heading to a networking event? Use this simple exercise to craft your "pitch"

    January 15, 2020

    With a career fair and lots of great employer events coming up this semester, now is a great time to hone your elevator pitch. If an elevator pitch seems intimidating, it’s helpful to think of it as less of a “pitch” and more of an introduction. It’s a great tool to help you effectively foster connections at networking events and create new connections online. If you’re stuck on what you should include in your pitch, here is an exercise to give you some ideas.