Professional Development

You have numerous opportunities as a graduate student to develop your professional skills and prepare for your career. Below are some important resources offered by the College of Engineering and others.

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Conference Travel Grants

Funds for engineering Ph.D. candidates traveling to professional conferences to present papers on their research.

Engineering Graduate Communications Labs

Check out the Engineering Graduate Communications Lab website for recordings of recent panel discussions as well as online resources and links for technical writing, presentations, and other communication skills.


Wide range of free workshops for engineering graduate students and postdocs.

Teaching Experiences

College-level and University-level teaching experiences, seminars, and certificates.

Research-Related Experiences

Graduate-level opportunities for internships, co-ops, and research-related training.

Mentoring Information

Mentorship guides and opportunities to mentor undergraduate student researchers.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Resources for developing and commercializing intellectual property.

Internship, Post-Doc, and Job Search Information

Internship, co-op, and job search information.

Also, be sure to download a Individual Development Plan (IDP) and review this checklist of professional development experiences — how many have you had?