Nuclear Engineering Undergraduates typically follow one of two paths upon graduation: the pursuit of employment with a company/government or the pursuit of a graduate education.
Students who plan on pursuing graduate school, it is suggested that you get involved with undergraduate research or pursue summer internships at national laboratories. For undergraduate research opportunities please email your resume and research interest to Amanda Lovelace.
Students who plan on pursuing employment upon graduation, greatly increase their chances of immediate employment by participating in summer internships or co-op assignments.
At the University of Tennessee, College of Engineering students are fortunate to have two offices to guide them as they obtain experience and then transition into the full-time job search. If you are a freshman or sophomore, your first career contact should be the Office of Professional Practice to discuss opportunities available to you as a co-op student or through engineering internships. If you have other career questions, engineering students are always welcome to schedule an appointment with your College of Engineering Career Consultant at any time as a student and as an alumnus.
In your junior year, you should schedule your first appointment or a return visit with your Engineering Career Consultant to begin or update your career action plan. And as a senior or graduate student, it is imperative that you have finalized your resume and be fully prepared for the job search and interview process by September 1st of your senior or graduating year (that pertains to both December and May graduates). Students are often unaware that many of the engineering job offers are made through the Fall Job Fair and the fall recruiting season. So a final appointment with the Engineering Consultant is recommended by September 1st to be sure that you are fully prepared.
College of Engineering Career Consultants:
Below are some helpful steps to help you on your journey.
- Get registered with Hire-A-Vol (profile and resume) and pay attention to the career e-mails on special events, jobs and resources
- Get experience, engineering-related is best, through co-ops, internships, part-time jobs or volunteer positions and think about your accomplishments for your resume and interviews
- Visit a Job Fair before your senior year to begin networking and planning your strategy
- Network with companies when they visit campus and build your contacts
- Get involved and seek leadership roles – student groups, athletics, volunteer/community opportunities, band, etc. – this can make a difference to an employer
- Practice for interviews – never wait until the night before to start preparing
- Leverage University resources to begin your career action plan and then make an appointment to visit your Career Consultant early and often
• Schedule an appointment to meet with your Career Consultant
• Attend Study Abroad Fair
|September – November:
• Attend Study Abroad Fair hosted by Programs Abroad Office
• Attend Fall Job Fair hosted by Career Services (September)
• Attend Co-Op Fair hosted by Engineering Professional Practice(September)
|February – March:
• Attend Spring Job Fair hosted by Career Services(March)
|October – December:
• Apply to Internships and Co-Ops
|March – April:
• Check to see about undergraduate summer research