We believe the success of Cornell’s engineering students is closely aligned with the success of the College of Engineering. In addition to the general services available to students through the Campus Life and Dean of Students offices, the College of Engineering specializes in academic and career resources specific to engineers. Engineering Student Services offers a variety of support services from the time of students’ arrival, including help with settling in, encouraging students to approach learning in new and innovative ways, locating research opportunities, and discovering organizations that match their interests.
Engineering Advising is a good place to start if students are unsure of where to find various kinds of information. The professional advising staff members support the work of faculty advisers and focus on first- and second-year students prior to affiliation with a major. They work with students on an individual basis on academic and personal matters. They also provide a number of structured offerings in which all engineering students participate.
This office facilitates academic opportunities that enhance learning and the teaching environment. Of special interest to undergraduates, it offers a Tutors-on-Call program and trains upper-level students to be tutors. This is also the place for undergraduates to learn about (and obtain grants for) research opportunities and to explore the student project teams that are available to them.
One of the office’s key initiatives is Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs), which are one-credit courses offered in conjunction with core engineering courses in math, computer science, and chemistry. These weekly two-hour cooperative learning sessions are designed to enhance student understanding through peer-facilitated group work on problems at or above the level of course material.
The Engineering Co-op and Career Services office works in tandem with Cornell Career Services to provide career development support and assistance to students. Cornell Career Services maintains a comprehensive library of directories, audio and video tapes, and Internet resources to facilitate students’ exploration of their many career options. They also have staff members certified to administer standardized inventories to help students identify and narrow their interests.
The Engineering Career Center brings approximately 230 employers to campus every year to conduct interviews for full-time, summer, and co-op positions. We encourage all students to become familiar with the Career Center and to make use of the group and individual advising offered in key areas such as:
- career applications of majors
- job shadowing
- career-based internships/co-ops
- job search strategies
- resume preparation and critiquing
- interview practice
- salary negotiation