The Engineering Success Center provides undergraduate engineering students with resume reviews, job search and career advising, salary negotiation tactics, mock interviews, cooperative education partnerships, and the opportunity to engage with diversity organizations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help in this difficult time:
- Career readiness or cooperative education: Aaron Benally
- Scholarships or financial aid: Faith Nielson
- Academic advising, Engineering Residential Learning Community, or Ram Orientation: Shannon Wagner
- Prospective students: Rachael Johnson or Jacqui Goldring
- If you are a current student who is experiencing a severe financial hardship and/or food insecurity because of COVID-19: Anthony Marchese
- All other questions: Anthony Marchese
Visit the college’s Contact Us page for a full list of staff.
The Engineering Success Center is located on the first floor of the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building, suite 102, just inside the main entrance.
PHONE: (970) 491-6220
HOURS: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Our staff help undergraduate students reach their career goals by providing advice on resumes, facilitating mock interviews, and finding the perfect fit for co-op experiences. Schedule an appointment today to work towards a great career tomorrow.
All registration for appointments are now being done through Handshake.
Except for specified drop-in hours, appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
Handshake is the place where students, career centers, and recruiters come to meet, talk, and share opportunities. Handshake allows students to follow certain employers, to make sure they receive any updates, events, or other content from them.
Students can also access Handshake on their mobile phones and receive alerts when job listings are posted. Login or download Handshake here.
- Sign into Handshake using CSU eID
- Select Career Center Tab
- Select Appointments
- Select Schedule a New Appointment
- Select category as Mock Interview Program or Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
- Continue following steps to select open time slots
Resume Review and Career advice
Career advisers are available for 30 minute appointments to discuss resumes, career goals, and expectations potential employers have.
Career specialists are available to conduct mock interviews for engineering students.
Why should you schedule a mock interview?
- Understand what is expected in a real job interview
- Gain confidence for real interviews
- Receive valuable feedback
- Learn the skills that will help you handle an upcoming interview
CAREER ADVISING STAFF
Aaron Benally is the career services coordinator at the Engineering Success Center. Aaron is a graduate of CSU, and received a degree in electrical engineering with a minor in math.
Contact Aaron at email@example.com
Zachary Bibik is a mechanical engineering student, graduating this year. He works on the fall and spring Engineering Career Fairs, and serves as a liaison between employers and CSU. He has been a part of the Engineering Career Fair for many years and is a great contact for any questions about the event.
Delaney Galvan is a junior studying environmental engineering, and has been a part of the Engineering Success Center staff since last spring. She is currently involved with the planning and execution of the fall and spring Engineering Career Fairs. She works on many behind-the-scenes tasks that help make the career fair run smoothly.
Kylie Rasmussen is a 5th year student studying environmental engineering. This is her second year working at the Engineering Success Center. Her roles include conducting mock interviews and assisting with other career readiness services. She has past interview experience with Merrick Engineering, Antea Group, and the DEQ.
Annie Elefante is a 5th year student in the biomedical and mechanical engineering program. She conducts mock interviews, provides constructive feedback, and collaborates with students on interview strategies specific to their desired field. She has experience with interview practices from companies such as Emerson, General Motors, Becton Dickinson, and HP.
CAREER READINESS PROGRAM
The Career Readiness Program provides students with real-world, soft skills to complement the technical curricula they receive at Colorado State. Workshops are led by faculty, staff, and key industry leaders to help students develop expertise in several focus areas: leadership, career preparedness, innovation, and ethics.
Career Readiness Workshops:
Each semester, career readiness workshops are presented by staff, faculty, and industry professionals.
Workshop topics include:
- Resumes for engineering undergraduates
- Job search strategies
- Behavioral-based interviewing skills
- Have you considered co-oping?
- Building a robust LinkedIn profile
Workshop Schedule now on Handshake
Preregistration is not required. Complete information on workshops, dates, and times can be found on Handshake. In Handshake, go to Events and then search “engineering.”
- Resume Building/Writing
- Behavior Based Interviewing
What Happened to the PLI program?
The PLI program at Colorado State University is no longer a requirement for graduation.
Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) is 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 Engineering Success Center, Scott Bioengineering Building, where we offer students access to a secluded computer lab, study rooms, a conference room, and more.
Outreach and Equity Coordinator
Claudia works with current students, student organizations, summer program initiatives, and outreach
ENpower Bridge Program
ENpower is a residential program that gives incoming first-year students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to get to know campus prior to the start of the academic year, while meeting faculty, staff, and other engineering students.
Transition to College Life with a Summer Bridge Program
As part of our Diversity Programs in Engineering, ENpower offers students the tools and campus resources needed as they transition from high school to college. The program provides students the opportunity to gain skills that support good study habits needed in a challenging discipline like engineering.
Sessions will be held on:
- career planning
- time management
- study skills
- stress management
Current students will talk about life as an engineering student on the CSU campus, and can answer your questions about faculty or undergraduate research. Read a CSU Source article about the program here.
When is ENpower Bridge?
The workshop begins each year the Sunday prior to Ram Welcome for entering freshmen. Participants should plan to arrive on campus that day between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and move directly into their permanently assigned residence hall. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, participants and their parent(s) will meet for dinner to get acquainted with other students and prepare for the week.
Why attend ENpower?
The workshop is an investment in a student’s future, and helps students succeed in the classroom during their freshman year. Participants will meet and make friends with other students interested in engineering. Experience shows that support groups offer an important advantage in successfully obtaining a university degree.
What will participants learn?
Along with the sessions mentioned above, there will be further classroom sessions on how to succeed in math and chemistry. A day of team building at the CSU Mountain Campus in Poudre Canyon will kick off the week.
Is there any cost to attend?
There is no fee to participate in the four day program, and all materials for the workshops are included. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to the CSU campus.
What is expected of students in the program?
Students are expected to fully participate in ENpower programming, and continue in the mentoring program during their freshman year. Space is limited and will be given to students willing to commit to the program.
Additional scholarship opportunities, including a $200 scholarship, are available for students who attend the four day bridge program, participate in the associated mentoring program throughout the academic year, and stay continuously enrolled in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.
The Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering provides support for summer camps throughout Colorado. The summer camps listed below feature STEM-related experiences for middle and high school participants, often including current faculty and students from the College.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, summer camps featured through the college have been cancelled for this summer. For the latest updates about COVID-19, visit safety.colostate.edu/coronavirus.
Campos EPC ENvision
Cancelled for summer 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak
Campos EPC ENvision is a six day residential program for rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores in the Denver Public School system. The camp provides students with hands on experiences in a variety of engineering ﬁelds.
Participants will learn from current students and faculty about different types of engineering used in teaching and research labs during the academic year. Mentors will help students learn about college, engineering, and what it takes to succeed.
“I would recommend it because I want my friends to be able to access the resources and experiences I gained here at ENvision.”
Aurora STEM Cybersecurity Camp
Cancelled for summer 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak
Students in middle and high school are invited to the Aurora STEM Cybersecurity Camp. Participants can choose one of six hands-on learning experiences:
- Clean energy technologies
- Introduction to machine learning
- Programming games in Python
- Fundamentals of cybersecurity
- Advanced cybersecurity concepts/ techniques
- Programming with Arduino
Our cooperative education program 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 through real-world experiences.
The co-op academic program offers students at least three semesters, two of which are fall or spring, working 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.
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.
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 Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering.
Co-op vs. Internship
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.
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.
Co-op students gain up to three credits that can be used as technical electives, where as internships are not credit bearing.
Co-oping extends graduation by a year, providing at least one full year’s worth of experience, where as internships have no impact on graduation date and offer at least one term’s worth of experience.
THE CO-OP EXPERIENCE:
MEET OUR CO-OP STUDENTS
Check out what engineering students and alumni have to say about their co-op experiences!
"My NASA Co-op experience has made an incredible impact on my professional and educational career and I can’t wait to see where my experiences will take me."
Learn more about Danelle Lazcano's experience.
The greatest takeaway from this experience is that I have learned so many things I would have never been able to learn from a textbook or typical college engineering class.
Working with professional engineers and brewers taught me invaluable lessons in how to adapt and succeed in an engineering work environment.
Learn more about Christina Canino and Reid Maynard's experience.
"I had two great co-op experiences that encompassed a lot of what civil engineering has to offer. I learned how important continuous learning is to being a good engineer. Having a co-op is the greatest college experience I could have ever hoped for."
Learn more about Jordan Illian's experience.
"This co-op was truly my best year of college yet. From working with the most hard-working and down-to-earth people, to the re-control project itself, I wouldn't change a single thing from the last year, and am so very grateful to have had this opportunity."
Learn more about Briana Chamberlain's experience.
"It was a great experience, and I also got a better understanding of the importance of what I am learning at CSU," said Taussig. "My supervisor had two kids, so air quality was a personal concern for her and her family. As part of my work, I want to make sure companies are responsible to future generations so they can live happy and healthy lives."
Learn more about Julia Taussig's experience.
“The people that I worked with at Wolf Robotics were always willing to share their knowledge and experience. I would go through the program again in a heartbeat. I definitely recommend it.”
Learn more about Francisco Martinez's experience.
“I had the opportunity to do real-world engineering for a major corporation on the weekdays and travel the world on my weekends. When I wasn't designing repairs for one of the largest commercial fleets on the planet I was busy flying to Europe, South America or Asia. The co-op program went far above and beyond my normal curriculum as a mechanical engineer to truly prepare me for any job or real-world experience.”
Learn more about Forrest Craft's experience.
PLEASE COMPLETE EACH STEP SEQUENTIALLY:
- Complete the co-op application.
- Meet with an advisor to discuss eligibility and create an academic schedule.
- Meet with the program coordinator Aaron Benally to discuss the co-op process and submit a work plan.
- Develop resume and prepare for interviews.
- Begin job search.
- Interview with companies.
- Meet with the program coordinator and finalize employer and university paperwork.
- Register for co-op courses on RamWeb.
AFTER CO-OP ROTATION:
Ask employers to submit an end-of-semester performance evaluation.
Meet with the program coordinator to wrap up co-op term and submit work experience report.
HOW TO APPLY
1. Fill out the co-op application and e-mail the form to:
2. Make an appointment with an academic advisor to confirm eligibility and create a co-op academic plan.
3. Once the co-op academic plan is signed, make an appointment with Aaron Benally through the Engineering Success Center front desk: (970) 491-6220.
4. Bring signed academic plan and a hard copy of resume to meeting with Aaron to discuss co-op opportunities.