UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

ENGR 395 Professional Development
Gain a competitive advantage! Take ENGR 395 Professional Development to learn how to find a job and succeed in the workplace! This one credit course is ideal for sophomores. Visit the course bulletin for more information.

The 5 Top Reasons to Take ENGR 395:

  • You will learn effective job/internship/co-op search strategies.
  • You will connect with employers and alumni.
  • You will learn how to build a professional network NOW!
  • You will create professional documents (resumes, cover letters, etc.) that will get noticed!
  • You will prepare for successful internship and co-ops.

What do other students think?
“The Professional Development class combines all the resources a student needs to present a polished image in obtaining an internship or job. Whether one has never had a job or is a nontraditional aged student starting a new career, the class will provide the tools necessary to market oneself in this competitive job market… I would highly recommend this class to any engineering student looking to improve his or her chances at launching their career.”
-Stephanie Fulenwider, Mechanical Engineering (2018)

If you have questions, please reach out to Michelle Carter with Engineering Career Services by emailing mdcarter@vcu.edu.

ENGR 396 Internship Experience
Once you have taken 395 and have landed an internship, you should take ENGR 396. It is a free, zero-credit class that only requires about one hour of your time and it is all online.

The 3 Top Reasons to Take ENGR 396:

  • The class encourages your employer to work with you to define meaningful work and career development goals for your internship.
  • You will be eligible to be highlighted in the Career Services newsletter and website.
  • The course gives you a point of contact at the College of Engineering in case you need any help over the summer.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate students! ENGR 691: Career and Professional Development is a course designed specifically to help you succeed after you graduate. Enroll today!

This two credit, special topics course will focus on professional development for graduate students to help you prepare for life after grad school. Topics covered will include: how to find a job, how to transition from academics to industry, how to build your professional network NOW, and much more!

The Top 5 Reasons to Take Professional Development:

  • The textbook for the course, The Two Hour Job Search, is provided for FREE!
  • You will learn how to build a professional network NOW that will help you succeed in the future.
  • You will meet requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research training.
  • You will learn how to find a job and successfully transition from academics to industry.
  • You will create an Individual Development Plan to guide your academic experiences toward your career path.

What do other students think?
“The professional development course has been great for developing my networking habits and job search skills. Additionally, the class has better prepared me for the transition into a career in industry and is a fun flexible class overall.”
-Michael Berger, Biomedial Engineering Doctoral Student

If you have questions, please reach out to Michelle Carter with Engineering Career Services by emailing mdcarter@vcu.edu.