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.



    Global Week at UVA: Engineers share stories of global experiences

    October 22, 2020

    The annual Global Week at UVA kicks off today! Global Week offers you an opportunity to explore global internships, international career paths, and programs to help you study, research, and go abroad. There are even opportunities to explore global experiences virtually.

    To celebrate Global Week within Engineering and Computer Science, we asked two current students and two alumni to tell us about their global experiences. Read on to learn about the adventures of Hanbin, Gabby, George, and Senthil. Then, learn how you can share your story.




    Considering Grad School? The career center is here to help

    September 30, 2020

    When students think of a career advising office, they often think about internships and jobs, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, and networking. Did you know that our team also advises students interested in exploring and applying to grad school?

    Along with our colleagues, we recently hosted a series of events to help you learn more about graduate school, whether you're a 2nd Year wondering if grad school is for you or a 4th Year who's currently working on applications.

    Read a recap of each event and watch recordings if you missed the live events. When you're ready to meet with a career advisor to talk about grad school, select the "Applying to grad school" appointment option within Handshake.


    Fall '20 Virtual Internships, Micro-Projects, & More Ways to Gain Experience

    September 24, 2020

    We’re only a month into the fall semester, but we know many of you are already thinking about Summer 2021 internships.

    Our career advising team is here to support you in your summer internship search. We also encourage students to explore the many ways you can gain experience during the academic year. From self-paced skill building courses, to short-term projects (a great way to try something out without a summer-long commitment), to remote internships – you can choose when and how you explore your interests outside of the classroom.

    We’ll be sure to update this post with more opportunities as we learn of them.



    Accept or Keep Looking?

    September 10, 2020

    Congratulations! You received a return offer from your summer internship. That’s fantastic news! Except that they want you to decide in just a couple of weeks if you’re going to take the offer or not and you are really interested in exploring other options.  What to do?


    Virtual Career Fair on Sept. 8: Complete guide to event prep

    September 02, 2020

    The annual Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair is just a week away – and it’s virtual this year! We’ve created this guide to help you prep for and navigate the event.

    First, complete these 5 key steps BEFORE the fair:

    1. Complete this survey. You’ll learn about important policies for participating in events with employers.
    2. Update your Handshake profile. This will allow you to register for 1:1 chats with employers. PLUS, employers will have an opportunity to search student profiles and reach out to YOU first.
    3. Register for the Career Fair before the event on September 8th.
    4. Once registered, review the list of employers participating in the fair. Build a schedule in advance of the fair by signing up for 1:1 and group sessions of interest.
    5. Make a plan for how you want to spend the 10 minutes you’d have to chat with a company rep during scheduled 1:1 conversations.

    Thank you to the Engineering, Science & Technology Career Fair sponsors 2nd Order Solutions and Strategic Systems Programs.


    Job searching with a so-so GPA

    August 20, 2020

    Job searching with a so-so GPA

    There are several ways to stand out to an employer even if your GPA isn’t what you’d like it to be. I know it may seem like everyone at UVA has an awesome GPA, but I promise you, they don't. Lots of students go on to find fantastic jobs even when their GPA has taken a few knocks.