They came out dressed to impress, resumes in hand. More than 200 civil and environmental engineering students stood in line to meet with representatives from 12 companies at the Civil and Environmental Career Fair held at the Student Center in October. Put together by the leaders of several CEE student groups including Chi Epsilon, ASCE, AAEES, and APWA the career fair offered attendees the chance to talk with company representatives about career and internship opportunities.
“We felt it was important to provide a forum for students to meet with companies that are specifically focused on civil and environmental engineering fields,” said Jose Jimenez, president of ASCE.
The majority of the companies were represented by former graduates of the Samueli School’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “This shows what a major impact the department has on the civil and environmental engineering work force of southern California," said Brett Sanders, professor and department chair.
A focused career fair is a good idea, according to fourth year student Binjue Wu. She attended the general engineering fair last year and felt that there weren’t enough companies in her areas of interest: water treatment. Wu came prepared. She’d researched all the companies the night before and was planning on talking with seven of them. “I graduate in June 2014, so I’m hoping to line up a job or an internship,” she said.
Tatsiana Bondar, another fourth year CEE student, was eager to meet with company representatives. “It’s a good way to practice interviewing, talk with an organization about its culture and learn about it so you can determine if you would want to work there,” she said.
The following companies participated:
City of Irvine Public Works
Kimley-Horn and Associates
NMG Geotechnical, Inc.
SSC Construction, Inc.