ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
Explore potential careers and develop industry-specific skills for success in the Engineering & Technology Community. The Career Center offers individual counseling, job and internship resources, networking events and professional development opportunities to help students succeed. Below is a quick snapshot of relevant industries, career outlooks, community-specific resources and related Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) to help direct students along their career path in the Engineering & Technology Community.
OCCUPATIONS & BROAD INDUSTRIES:
- App Development
- Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Construction Engineering
- Data & Analytics
- Database Architecture & Administration
- Electrical Engineering
- Energy & Nuclear Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Game Design
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Engineering
- Information Technology
- Materials Science & Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Network Engineering & Administration
- Ocean Engineering
- Process Engineering
- Project Engineering
- Software Development & Engineering
- Systems Analysis & Administration
- Technical Support
- Web Design & Development
- Biospace: Life Sciences Industry News & Career Hub
- Career Cornerstone Center
- National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities
- NIH: Office of Intramural Training & Education
- Pathwaystoscience.org: Summer Research Opportunities
- Science Careers
- Vault.com Career & Industry Guides
- Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE)
- What Can I Do With My Major
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Career Connections
- Environmental Career Opportunities (access via Handshake)
Opportunities at UD
- Summer Scholars Usual application deadline: Check website (usually March 1)
- Summer Fellows Usual application deadline: Check website (usually April 30)
Opportunities at national labs, institutes and programs
- Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) Application opens: 11/30/2020
- Big Ten Academic Alliance universities Application deadline: 2/10/2021
- IPAM Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2021. In Singapore, Berlin, Sendai. Application opens: 11/1/20
- Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) Internship Application deadline: Check their website
- Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program - US Army Application opens: January 2021
- MSIPP Research Opportunities, ORNL, Flyer Application opens: 1/29/21
- Los Alamos National Laboratory, Undergraduate Student Internship Program Application deadline: 2/28/2021
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Internship Application deadline: 3/31/2021
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Internships; Flyer Application deadline: Check their website
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Internships Application deadline: Check their website
- Sandia National Laboratories Internships and Co-Ops Application deadline: Check their website
- Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship Application deadline: February 2021
Opportunities at research schools
- Stanford Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Application opens: 11/1/2020
- University of Pennsylvania NSF-REU Summer Research Fellowships Application opens: 11/1/2020
- Harvard School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Summer Internships Application information becomes available: 11/15/20
- REU Site: Thermal Management on Multiple Scales Application opens: 12/1/2020
- Cornell University Research Experience for Undergraduates Program Application opens: 12/1/2020
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Biomedical Big Data Science Program flyer Application deadline: 2/1/2021
- UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Program Application deadline: 2/3/2021
- Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Engineering Undergraduate Internship Program Application deadline: 2/18/2021
- Computational Sensing and Robotics at Johns Hopkins University Application deadline: 2/21/2021
- Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Application deadline: 2/22/2021
- Indiana University Bloomington Department of Mathematics REU Program Application deadline: 2/28/2021
- University of Florida Application deadline: 3/22/2021
- UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research Application deadline: 3/31/2021
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory ATLAS Program Application deadline: 3/31/2021
- Georgia Southern REU Site Georgia Southern REU Site: Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Materials and Controls of Aerial Vehicles. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in January 2021.
- Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application deadline: Check their website
- Princeton University Center for Complex Materials REU Application deadline: Check their website
- NSF REU Sites There are many positions available, please search the Site pages, according to your research interest. They provide detailed application instructions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to the contact person directly. Application deadline: Flexible
Typical components of REU applications:
Prepare a good, well-crafted CV or resume (consider using LaTeX). Receive feedback from the Career Center staff by scheduling an appointment with a career counselor through Handshake (and a faculty member, preferably from your department). Please don’t hesitate in asking for an appointment with a faculty member to get some feedback on your CV/resume.
Suggestion: Every semester, plan on adding at least one bullet point to your CV or resume. Interact with one or more faculty members to build some research content for a poster or presentation competition and look for research poster competitions and conferences at UD and in neighboring schools and institutes. Volunteer to do some research even if it is only for an hour per week. Eventually, this will grow and give you content for publications and presentations.
- An essay (or a research statement)
Please read carefully the REU position advertisement that you wish to apply for, and identify if they are looking for anything specific in the essay or statement. If no instructions are given, you may consider covering the following:
- Why do you want to apply for the position, or what do you wish to accomplish from participating in the research program? (Typical answers: prepare for graduate school, solve scientifically important problems, apply knowledge gained from coursework to solve real-world problems or simply to gain research experience.)
- What prior experience do you have on research? This is where you will find it important to get involved with research (at least to some level) with a faculty member so that you have some content to build a few sentences or paragraph on.
- What are your research interests? If you already have some research interests, describe it (try to make a connection to any particular research topics mentioned in the position description). It may be a good idea to be a bit flexible in describing research interests so that you maximize your chances of getting the position and give yourself an opportunity to learn new things. You may consider seeking advice from a faculty member in your department.
Note: For the essay for the UD Summer Scholar or Fellow positions, you should contact a professor (who you want to work with) to discuss a research topic. You would need a letter from that professor to support your application. It won’t hurt to reach out to multiple professors and see who have projects available.
- Recommendation letter
This is an important component of the application. Typically, students collect letters from course teachers. To stand out among the applicants, it may be very helpful to have something in your letter written on your research experience. To provide substance on this for your letter writers, consider getting involved with research with a faculty member (you may want to offer to do some volunteer research if needed). If you did not interact with a faculty member yet, start contacting them as soon as you can, and see if they have any research work that you could contribute to. Exposure to small research tasks may eventually lead to journal publications, and more importantly, may open up a new career path for you.
- An online application (requesting basic information about the applicant).
For additional questions, send a follow-up email to Zubaer Hossain, Assistant Professor, at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject ’More Questions on REU’. In case your email remains unanswered (for two weeks), please check the subject of your email.
- Alpha Omega Epsilon (A.O.E.)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Biomedical Engineering Society
- Deep Roots STEM Outreach
- Engineers Without Borders
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Sigma Phi Delta (SPD - COE Fraternity)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society
To find out more about these RSOs and how to get involved, visit Student Central.
- American Academy of Environmental Engineers
- American Association of Engineering Societies
- American Chemical Society
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Institute of Industrial Engineers
- Materials Research Society
- National Society of Black Engineers
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
- Society of Automotive Engineer
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
The FE exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed engineer (P.E.). It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program.
The FE Exam includes 110 questions, is six hours long and includes:
- Non-disclosure agreement (2 minutes)
- Tutorial (8 minutes)
- Exam (5 hours and 20 minutes)
- Scheduled break (25 minutes)
Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam
The Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam tests for a minimum level of competency in a particular engineering discipline. It is designed for engineers who have gained a minimum of four years’ post-college work experience in their chosen engineering discipline.
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