Student Success Initiatives

Chicago Engineers’ Foundation provides college students with a variety of career development activities to help them establish and build their professional network and achieve their engineering career goals.  Activities are a mix of in-person and virtual opportunities.    

Please note, some these activities are offered exclusively to CEF’s Incentive Award recipients and Award alumni.  To view programs open to all engineering college students, visit the CEF YouTube Channel.


Chicago Engineers’ Foundation hosts workshops and discussions high school and college students.  These opportunities brings together students and professionals to focus on resume development, interview practice, and other career resources to provide young people with tools to get ready for the upcoming internship hiring season. Professionals from fields including engineering, technology, finance, law, and more serve as mentors,  providing resume evaluations, mock interview sessions, and best practice advice to the students.

Virtual Learning Events:

Many virtual learning events are available to any student seeking resources and best practices related to developing a LinkedIn presence, securing internships, creating great resumes, interview preparation, and more trending topics.  Upcoming events will be listed on the CEF website as well as the organization’s social media pages.  Check out past virtual learning events on the CEF YouTube Channel.



Chicago Engineers’ Foundation hosts networking events for award recipients, program alumni, and other student groups.  Students and professionals gather for activities focused on building professional networks.  Participants spend time networking, sharing ideas, and connecting with peers.

In addition to networking activities, award recipients and alumni participate in virtual networking and peer-mentoring during the academic year, via social media platforms hosted by the Chicago Engineers’ Foundation.

Additional Career Resources:

The Chicago Engineers’ Foundation offers additional career resources and virtual office hours for high school and college students to support aspiring engineers as they start building their professional presence.

Career resources offered include:

  • Resume Evaluations
  • Mock Interview Sessions
  • Assistance with Internship Placement
  • One-on-one Mentoring

Volunteering professionals and corporate partners are essential to continue improving and expanding the Student Success programming.  To inquire about partnership opportunities email Debbie Birrell at [email protected].