Engineering Success Center

The Don and Susie Law Student Success Center offers undergraduate students with direct access to career services, state-of-the-art facilities, and employment opportunities.

Career Services

The Engineering Success Center is devoted to providing undergraduate engineering students with resume reviews, job search advice, salary negotiation tactics, mock interviews, and other resources to help further  engineering careers.

Career Fair

Fall 2017 Career Fair

The Engineering Fall 2017 Career Fair is open to all current CSU students and alumni. Recruiters from over 90 companies will be joining us at the Fort Collins Hilton on September 28, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Grand Ballroom. Students do NOT need to preregister for our event.

Companies: SOLD OUT!  If you have any questions, please contact Terry Comerford: terry.comerford@colostate.edu. 

SAVE the DATE for SP18 Engineering Career Fair  – Thursday, February 22.  Registration to open in October.

Students: Please wait for the start of classes, to find the most up-to-date WSCOE Career Fair Employers. 

Career Advising and Mock Interviews

Career Advising Staff

Aaron Benally (Career Advising & Mock Interviews)

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Aaron Benally has been the coordinator of Diversity Programs in Engineering (formerly WMEP) at CSU for over 10 years. He also advises several student organizations: SHPE, NSBE, SASE, and AISES. He is a career adviser at both the Engineering Success Center and the Career Center. Aaron is a graduate of CSU, and received a degree in electrical engineering with a minor in math.

Terry Comerford (Co-op)

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As Director of the Engineering Success Center, Terry supports the recruitment, retention, professional development, and placement of undergraduate engineering students. Terry graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, and spent time co-oping in the textile and utility industries. After graduation, she worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years in Amoco’s refining system. She was the lead recruiter for the Georgia Tech campus while working in many process engineering, financial, and managerial positions. She received her MBA from University of Houston. After moving to Colorado, she worked as consultant for a small engineering design firm, Ascent Engineering, before coming to CSU.

Spring 2017 Appointment Hours

Mock Interview

 

Aaron (by appointment only): 

Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Friday: 1-5 p.m.

Co-op | Salary Negotiation | Bridge

Terry (by appointment only):

Monday: 1:30-3 p.m.

Tuesday: 3-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 3-4:30 p.m.

Friday: 10-11 a.m.

Resume Review

Aaron:

Tuesday: 1-5 p.m.

Wednesday: 1-5 p.m.

Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance, and drop-ins can sign in on a rolling basis the day of. To schedule an appointment with any of our staff members please contact the Engineering Success Center by calling
(970) 491-6220, or stop by Scott 102. 

Internships

The Engineering Success Center staff work with employers to keep internship postings up to date on Handshake, bring in relevant companies to the Fall and Spring Career Fairs, and hold Employer Info Sessions for students to expand their engineering network. 

PLI Career Readiness Program

The Professional Learning Institute (PLI) was launched in 2007 to provide students with real-world, soft skills to complement the technical curricula they receive at Colorado State.

As a graduation requirement, students will develop expertise in many areas that are highly valued by employers. Interactive workshops are led by key industry leaders and Colorado State faculty and staff in each of these focus areas: cultural adaptability, leadership, civic and public engagement, innovation, and ethics.

Career Readiness (PLI) Day

Career Readiness Day will be Friday, November 3. Most sessions will be workshops or tours, not lecture style.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your registered session/tour. We will open our waitlist roughly 30 minutes prior to the session occurring. Anyone who is not at the door by the time the speaker is introduced will not be able to receive credit for the session.

Evaluations for LinkedIn profiles are due December 15. LinkedIn evaluation credit will NOT be posted until finals week. If you are graduating in December, please e-mail terry.comerford@colostate.edu and request to have your PLI credit processed ASAP.

 

Manage Your PLI Status

Follow these links to register and evaluate workshops, check pending credits, and find upcoming workshops. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the FAQ page or email pli_info@engr.colostate.edu.

 

PLI Resources

Follow these links to learn more about graduation requirements, receiving credits, and answer your questions related to the PLI program. 

"Create" a Workshop

Are you a student organization or faculty member looking to sponsor or put on a PLI workshop? Or are you a student with a unique opportunity representing one of our five focus areas? Apply today by filling out one of the following forms, and dropping it off at the Engineering Success Center front desk (Scott 102).

Diversity Programs in Engineering

Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) is here to help students be successful in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.


DPE is dedicated to maintaining an inclusive and supportive environment for all of our engineering students. We are building a strong community that embraces the creative ideas that minority groups contribute to engineering research and projects. In doing so, we come closer to the goal of finding the best solutions for global challenges.

Our office is located in the Scott Bioengineering Building in room 133 where we offer students access to a secluded computer lab, study rooms, a conference room, and more. 

Contact Us

For questions regarding DPE student orgs, summer camps, or office resources: 

Aaron Benally
970-491-6220
aaron.benally@colostate.edu

DPE Student Organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Mission: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

Meeting Time: Please check back Fall 2017.

Click here to visit the AISES website.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
National Society of Black Engineers

Mission: To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in Scott Bioengineering room 231 (during the academic year).

Click here to visit the NSBE website.

Out in STEM (oSTEM)
Out in STEM

Mission:

  • To educate, empower, and engage a diverse community,
  • To identify, address, and advocate for the needs of LGBTQA students in the STEM fields,
  • And fulfill these needs through mentor-ship connections, networking opportunities, strategic collaborations, and professional/leadership development.

Meeting Time: Please check back Fall 2017.

Click here to visit the oSTEM website.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Mission:

  • Prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world.
  • Celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace.
  • Provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.

Meeting Time: Please check back Fall 2017.

Click here to visit SASE on Facebook.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers 

Mission: SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

Meeting Time: Please check back Fall 2017.

Click here to visit the SHPE website.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Society of Women Engineers

Mission: We are a student lead organization that strives to help women in the field of engineering form friendships, study groups, and gain experience through the interaction of other women in the field of engineering and other sciences. 

Meeting Time: Please check back Fall 2017.

Click here to visit the SWE website.

Cooperative Education Program

Our cooperative education program is an academic program that allows students to work at least three semesters, two of which are fall or spring, in a position related to their major.

Co-op participants gain at least a year’s worth of experience with the same employer and earn a competitive salary while working. Co-oping allows participants to further explore their chosen engineering discipline, build a powerful resume, develop a network of professional contacts, and help support their academic expenses.

Benefits of Co-op
  • Gain valuable engineering experience to focus interests and develop long-term career goals.
  • Able to apply theory from classes to solve actual engineering problems.
  • Opportunity to experience the “real world” as an engineer and develop a professional network.
  • Wages from co-op can help offset tuition fees. Co-op wages do not impact FAFSA.
  • Housing or living stipend is sometimes offered from the employer.
  • More likely to be offered a permanent position upon graduation.

 

Co-op vs. Internship

Time Commitment:

Co-ops are at least three work terms alternated with school, while internships are only one work term of about 12 weeks. 

Eligibility with Companies:

For co-ops, students can find positions after 3 semesters of engineering courses, whereas most companies are looking for juniors and seniors to fill internship positions.

Job Diversity:

Because of multiple rotations, students in co-ops have the opportunity to be given different assignments within a company, whereas internships are limited to one area of responsibility.  

Course Credit: 

Co-op students gain up to three credits that can be used as technical electives, where as internships are not credit bearing. 

Graduation Impact:

Co-oping extends graduation by a year giving you at least one full year's worth of experience, where as internships have no impact on graduation and offer you at least one term's worth of experience. 

Eligibility     

Students should be in good academic standing and typically in their sophomore year. Students must have declared their engineering discipline. Students should also have completed between 35-55 credit hours when they begin interviewing for a co-op assignment. Transfer students may apply during their first semester in the College of Engineering.

Co-op Process

Co-Op Checklist

Please complete each step sequentially: 

  1. Complete the co-op application.
  2. Meet with your advisor to discuss eligibility and create an academic schedule.
  3. Meet with the program coordinator Terry Comerford to discuss the co-op process and submit a work plan.
  4. Develop your resume and prepare for interviews.
  5. Begin your job search.
  6. Interview with companies.
  7. Meet with the program coordinator and finalize employer and university paperwork.
  8. Register for co-op courses on RamWeb.

After co-op rotation:

  1. Ask employers to submit an end of semester performance evaluation.
  2. Meet with the program coordinator to wrap up co-op term and submit work experience report.
Co-op Forms 

For the following forms, please select from the list to find the printable PDF. 

 

 

How to Apply

1. Fill out the co-op application and email the form to Terry Comerford: terry.comerford@rams.colostate.edu.

2. Make an appointment with your academic advisor to confirm your eligibility and create a co-op academic plan.

3. Once you have a signed the co-op academic plan, make an appointment with Terry Comerford through the Engineering Success Center front desk: (970) 491-6220.

4. Bring your signed academic plan and a hard copy of your resume to your meeting with Terry to discuss your co-op opportunities. 

The Co-op Experience

Meet Our Co-Op Students

Co-oping is a fast-paced and widely growing opportunity through which students are able to work in their field of study while further exploring their major, building a network of professional contacts, and earning a salary to help support their academic expenses. Check out what these CSU students have to say about their co-op experience!

Click on a student's name or photo to learn more about their co-op experience.

Thank you to our corporate partners:


Thank you to our fall 2017 career fair sponsors:

 

Contact Us

Phone

(970) 491-6220

Hours

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.