Professional and Career Development for Graduate Students
UVA Engineering master's and Ph.D. students land prestigious positions in a wide variety of career sectors, including university faculty, industry and government research, consulting and other non-traditional fields. This is because we serve our graduate students with comprehensive professional and career development that helps them become knowledge entrepreneurs, with the skills to succeed in an ever-changing global marketplace. UVA Engineering's graduate professional and career development program takes advantage of the expertise across our comprehensive University community, including the Darden School of Business, the School of Medicine and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory (iLab) at UVA's Darden Graduate School of Business: provides programs, funding, workspace, mentors, community, and additional resources to support new student entrepreneurs and accelerate new student ventures.
Darden Startup Academy: helps students become immersed in the UVA entrepreneurial community and to collaborate around an innovative technology.
Many of our graduate students pursue careers in academia, so we take care to provide our students with a cutting-edge pedagogical toolbox, meaning they are well-equipped to begin training the next generation of engineering leaders.
School and University resources for graduate students:
Applying engineering principles and problem-solving in an ethical and compassionate way are integral to the culture and curriculum at UVA Engineering. It's another reason why UVA engineers are so sought-after by employers.
Engineering & Ethics: includes face-to-face responsible conduct of research training and addresses ethical challenges that arise in engineering research.
These critical professional development skills, in combination with the outstanding resources and services provided by the Center for Engineering Career Development, arm our graduate students with the abilities they need to become leaders in their chosen career paths.
Additionally, graduate students can take advantage of the University-wide PhD Plus program below:
PhD Plus is a university-wide initiative to prepare PhD students across all disciplines for long-term career success. Our goal is to enable versatile academics who are deeply engaged with society’s needs to become influential professionals in every sector and field.