Blog & Events

A Professional Engineer’s Day-to-Day…Explained in a Day!

March 11, 2013

By Meagan Wey, Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student

Picture of Meagan Wey smilingAlmost any UT student can tell you the importance of internships, internships, internships. We almost never stop hearing about how to get an internship or the experience it gives you. Without a doubt, they are a valuable addition to your engineering career. Real life experience for 2-3 months can expand your engineering knowledge to new bounds that you’ll never receive in a classroom. But change the job title’s prefix, and many students get confused. I’m here to clear that up: What’s an externship?

Externships allow students to tour an engineering company for a day (typically over Winter Break). ECAC (the Engineering Career Assistance Center) partners with firms across Texas for students to tour facilities, see engineering day-to-day, and ask questions about the company.

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My Experience as a FIG Student

March 4, 2013

By Jennifer Jackson, Sophomore Civil Engineering student

Picture of Jennifer Jackson smiling in front of the UT football fieldThe point of a FIG is to put a group of freshmen students of the same major together so that they can take the same classes and begin to make friends. My freshman year, I was in a WEP FIG and am still becoming friends with the girls I met that first semester of college!

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Learning about Leadership with the WEP Leadership Seminar

February 25, 2013

by Tara Sharma, Sophomore Petroleum Engineering student

Picture of Tara Sharma smilingI had an incredible experience in the WEP Leadership Seminar class last semester. The class met just once a week for two hours, but it made a huge impact on me.  Throughout the semester I honed my leadership skills, made new friends, and learned a lot about myself!

The atmosphere of the Leadershp Seminar was unlike any other. It was a meeting place for engineering women who are motivated, kind, and excited to make a difference in the world. We all had different engineering majors and backgrounds but the same goal to come together, learn from each other’s experiences, and better ourselves.

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My Summer Internship in Northern California

February 18, 2013

By Sarah Langehennig, Senior Mechanical Engineering student

Picture of Sarah Langehennig in front of a California beachThis past summer I worked at a company in Northern California in an area called Silicon Valley.  It is an interesting and exciting area to work in, because there is a high tech company on every corner.  I had a great experience, because I learned so much about industry, the work environment, engineering applications and also had a lot of fun! 

The company I worked for makes equipment for fiber optic networks, something I honestly knew nothing about before I started working there.  I was given real engineering projects to work on where I was able to apply the engineering skills I had from school, while also gaining new skills and knowledge.

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2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

February 11, 2013

By Rebecca Tom, Junior Electrical Engineering student

Picture of Rebecca Tom smiling“Are We There Yet?” This is not the persistent question asked by the toddler in the back seat of a long car ride but the theme of the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing that took place October 3-6, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The theme investigates the journey of women in computing, but it’s not as straight-forward as it seems. We have made much progress in the area of advancing women in technical fields, but we still have a long way to go.

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How to Prepare for Interviews

February 4, 2013

By Jordan Keller, Senior Chemical Engineering student

Picture of Jordan Keller with a longhorn tattoo on her face, smiling, doing a hook 'emInterviews can be very nerve-wracking but also very fun!  The key to calming your nerves during an interview is preparation. Once you are prepared, there is really nothing else to worry about it.  My philosophy is to just be myself, and they will either like me or they won’t – it’s out of my control.

As far as preparation goes, I typically try to do a fair amount of research about the company and about the position.  Going to info sessions is a great way to get all of this information and hear the employees’ perspectives on working for the company.

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