Student Success Initiatives

Chicago Engineers’ Foundation (CEF) provides award recipients with a variety of career development activities to help students build their professional network and achieve their engineering career goals.

Please note, these activities are offered exclusively to CEF Incentive Award recipients and Award alumni.  Students who are not part of the Incentive Award program may visit the Career and Scholarship Resources page for referrals to other opportunities.

Workshops:

Annually CEF hosts a summer workshop exclusively for award recipients.  This opportunity brings together award recipients and professionals for an afternoon focused on resume development, interview practice, and other career resources to provide awardees with tools to get ready for the upcoming internship hiring season. Professionals from fields including engineering, technology, finance, law, and more serve as mentors at each workshop, providing resume evaluations, mock interview sessions, and best practice advice to the students.

Learn more about the latest Student Success Workshop

Networking:

CEF hosts a professional networking event exclusively for award recipients and alumni each year.  Award recipients, alumni and professionals gather at the beginning of each year for an evening focused on building professional networks.  Participants spend time networking, sharing ideas and connecting with peers. CEF also provides award recipients with headshots at the event to improve their online, professional presence, and the opportunity to receive personalized business cards for upcoming interviews and other networking opportunities.

In addition to on-site networking activities, award recipients and alumni regularly participate in online networking and peer-mentoring during the academic year, via social media platforms hosted by CEF.

Resume Exchange:

The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation (CEF) Resume Exchange is an annual resource of resumes collected from Incentive Award recipients and alumni.  Dozens of companies seeking to hire engineering interns for Summer 2020 receive exclusive invitations to browse the CEF Resume Exchange and directly contact students they would like to correspond with regarding open internship positions.

Corporate participation in the CEF Resume Exchange is by invitation.  Please contact Debbie Birrell at [email protected] if your company would like to be considered for the upcoming Resume Exchange.