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.

    8 ways to explore entrepreneurship on and around Grounds

    October 22, 2019

    While it can sometimes seem like college is a time to hone your skills in preparation for future endeavors, there are numerous opportunities on and around Grounds to help you engage in entreprenuerial endeavors while still in school. No matter the project, you’ll find places to work, collaborate, and share your ideas with liked-minded peers. With the resources below, you’ll find everything from funding to mentorship and learn how to gain the support you need to transform your passion into something concrete and marketable, even before earning your degree.



    Alumni Spotlight: Vehicle Systems Engineer - Jaz Harnal

    October 15, 2019

    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 Jaz Harnal, a 2017 Mechanical Engineering grad who minored in Computer Science and Design Integration (Technology Leaders Program). During his time at UVA, he led the Gizmologists Club (a mechatronics group which he co-founded), did photography for the Virginia Advocate Magazine, and was a TA for mechatronics courses. For the last 2 years since graduating, Jaz has been a Vehicle Systems Engineer in the Autonomous Driving division of Aptiv in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has recently set his sights on climate change and activism.

    UVA Engineering alum Jaz Harnal

    Internships and summer experiences for 1st Years

    October 10, 2019

    Whenever our career advisors meet with 1st Years, students often want to know if employers hire 1st Years as interns (and if not, how do other Engineers spend their summers). Let's review several summer programs designed specifically for 1st Years, along with additional ideas for how to spend your first summer as a UVA student.

    A guide to 4 free resources in your Handshake account

    September 25, 2019

    Although most students understand that Handshake can be used to find job openings and events happening on Grounds, many students are unaware of the other resources that Handshake offers. From personality assessments to larger job offering databases, there are plenty of tools at students’ disposal within Handshake.  To access these resources, log into your Handshake account, go to the “Career Center” tab, and select “Resources” from the drop-down menu. 

    Alumni Spotlight: Consultant in NYC - Brendan Rogers

    September 18, 2019

    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 Brendan Rogers, a 2017 Systems and Information Engineering grad who minored in Engineering Business and was actively involved with Days on the Lawn, INCOSE, U-Link, and First Year Players. After actively exploring consulting as a student, Brendan now works for a small consulting firm in New York City.