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Game Plan

The Office of Engineering Professional Practice is here to help you successfully find an academically relevant co-op or internship assignment. Follow the steps below for resources and tips to accelerate your future.

Before the Expo

  • Set up an account with our office.
  • Attend orientation with a student ambassador in our office. No appointment necessary.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your Engineering Professional Practice advisor upon completion of orientation.
  • Update your resume and upload it to Handshake prior to meeting with your Engineering Professional Practice advisor.
  • Download the Career Fair Plus App.
  • Research companies in the Career Fair Plus App and virtually drop your resumes to companies in the app.
  • Practice your elevator pitch.
  • Complete a mock interview with a student ambassador.
  • Attend Prep for Success events.
  • Obtain suitable professional attire for the Expo and Interview Days.
  • Prepare your professional portfolio including 10-15 printed resumes.

On Expo Day

  • Attend the Engineering Expo and check-in.
  • Use the map and list of companies in the Career Fair Plus App to locate companies.
  • Tip: Do not start with your dream employer. Start with a secondary company to practice your elevator pitch and work out the nerves.
  • Network and convey your worth to the companies.
  • Ensure the employer has your resume.

Before the Interview

  • Research the company: What products or services do they provide? What is their mission? Etc.
  • Write down questions to ask during your interview.
  • Review typical interview questions.

On Interview Day

  • Wear appropriate business professional attire.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview begins.
  • Check in before your interview at the same place you checked in the previous day for the Expo.
  • Thank your interviewer(s) and ask for their contact information before leaving.
  • Send a “Thank You” email to your interviewers.

After Receiving an Offer

  • Notify us at of your offer and attach a copy of your offer letter from the company you will be working with.
  • For a co-op, fill out a degree plan, then approve it with your academic advisor.
  • Return the approved degree plan to or your professional practice advisor.
  • Your professional practice advisor will send you a Certificate of Registration and instructions for pausing your financial aid and scholarships with One Stop Student Services.
  • Adjust campus housing plans and/or campus meal plans if working away from UT.
  • Be on the lookout for information from your employer about your assignment.

On Assignment

  • First Day:
    • Pack your lunch.
    • Arrive early.
    • Bring required documentation to Human Resources.
  • Obtain at least one high-quality photo of yourself in your workplace.
  • Watch for emails to complete your end-of-semester report.

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