Internships and Career Opportunities
All students are encouraged to discuss internship and career opportunities with their academic advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the JHU Life Design Lab. The Life Design Lab provides assistance in resume preparation, interviewing skills, job and internship search preparation, and other skills. In particular, all students should create a J-Connect account and upload their resume to the Life Design Lab.
Periodically the department will receive requests from companies for internships or entry-level positions – the online resumes listed on J-Connect are forwarded on to these companies. The department also informally maintains a page on LinkedIn where students and alumni from the department can connect – students are strongly encouraged to join the Johns Hopkins Civil Engineering group on LinkedIn. The page allows students to determine which alumni are in the city of their interest and develop and follow up on leads.
In the early spring the department holds a Career Fair to provide detailed information from alumni on internships and career opportunities and provide networking opportunities with high quality area companies interested in our students. All students are strongly encouraged to attend. In addition the Maryland Section of ASCE also provides networking opportunities at their monthly meetings and twice-a-year career nights for students. The department will help offset costs of attending ASCE meetings for any student interested in participating.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
All students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. Given the small number of students, all interested students typically can be readily placed. However, placement within a research group is not a formal process and requires initiative on the part of the student. The rewards are significant; research itself can be addictive and intensely rewarding as you make the transition from knowledge acquisition to knowledge creation.
Productive undergraduate research provides a window into another portion of the Hopkins enterprise, and can help a student determine what future path is best for themselves. In addition, undergraduate research provides a deeper more collaborative experience with graduate students and faculty – the type of experience that translates well in recommendation and reference letters.
How to find research opportunities
- Consult the web pages for all faculty in the department
- Consult with your faculty advisor for suggestions
- Meet in person with the faculty member your advisor recommends
- Talk to upper class students about research they’ve done
- Consider summer research at an NSF-funded REU site
How to fund your research
- Check out the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) program
- Learn about WSE’s Student Initiatives Fund
- Research abroad may be funded by a Vredenburg fellowship.
- Ask your research advisor about NSF-funded REU supplements
Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Pay?
Most undergraduate researchers begin as volunteers, and many stay that way throughout their time as undergraduate researchers. Volunteering is a fantastic, reasonably low commitment way to initiate research.
For students interested in delving more deeply into their research, willing to produce academic output commensurate with a class, and where their research advisor agrees it is sometimes possible to perform undergraduate research for credit. The procedures are briefly outlined at the bottom of the WSE undergraduate research page.
In some cases research advisors may have funding available for undergraduate researchers. You should feel free to ask any faculty member if that is the case. Although funding is not available in all cases, in many instances at least partial support is available. Terms of the funding, hourly, for the semester, etc. are on a case-by-case basis and are determined by your research advisor.