Engineering Career Development

Further Your Career Goals

Further Your Career Goals

Take advantage of our programs and resources to get ahead in your career.

Office for Career Development

Engineering Career Development (ECD) enhances each student’s unique career plan by offering both students and employers a mutually-beneficial means of connecting in the world beyond the classroom. Our mission is to provide all McCormick students with the tools necessary for lifelong career management and to forge relationships with employer partners for this end.

Our Programs

Engineering Career Development provides career preparation and employment assistance through a variety of work-integrated learning programs.

Cooperative Engineering Education Program (Co-op)

Co-op is an educational program which allows engineering students to alternate periods of academic study with full-time periods of paid work experience related to their academic and professional goals.

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Internships offered by the Office of Career Development offer students opportunities to gain practical work experience with employers in industry, commerce, or government.

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Research Experience

Research Experience

Students who are interested in career paths in research and academia have the opportunity to engage in a formal engineering research experience, either at a university (including Northwestern University) or a government laboratory.

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Service Learning

Service Learning

The Projects in Service Learning program offers students have the opportunity to volunteer their time and engineering skills for non-profit organizations.

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Abdalla Badri

2023 Co-op Student of the Year

“ I built a lot of connections in the industry. It’s a lot easier to do that once you’re inside than from the outside. Having almost a year of experience comes in handy. You really build more meaningful connections in a co-op experience because they are really invested in watching you grow.”

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Ruiqi Pan

2022 Co-op Student of the Year

“ Being in a data analyst co-op helped me see what the role actually means and how to be responsible. I think that part is really important. Also, I connected with very amazing coworkers and supervisors.”

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Adam Leung

2021 Co-op Student of the Year

“ Co-ops presented a really interesting option as I started to look at internships, because you stay at a company longer. The projects you work on are bigger in scope and can last for months, rather than just 10 weeks.”

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William Whittenbury

2020 Co-op Student of the Year

“ Participating in co-ops has helped me understand the meaning of my courses a lot better. It helped me see why what I was learning in school was important.”

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Rajan Burt

2019 Co-op Student of the Year

“ What makes the co-op experience unique is the insight into industry and your ability to have real mentors.”

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John Franklin

2018 Co-op Student of the Year

Senior John Franklin took full advantage of his Northwestern Engineering co-op experience, working for Google and Twitter in New York, Silicon Valley, and London.

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For Students

Want to get involved with a program? Learn how to get started, attend an info session, connect with a career advisor, search for employment, report an offer, evaluate your work experience, and more.

For logistical assistance with housing, meal plans, financial aid, work experiences, and more, visit our student resources area.

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For Employers

Engineering Career Development offers companies many opportunities to recruit students. Work with us to increase your visibility on and off campus.

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For Parents

Browse useful information about our programs and the opportunities available to students through our office.

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Industry Speaker Videos

Watch industry speakers and panel discussions

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McCormick Connect

Use McCormickConnect to track and maintain job postings, resume submissions, interview schedules, career events, and more.

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