Fellowship Opportunity at U.S. Department of Energy

Not only does the U.S. Department of Energy support 17 research labs, but also many internship and fellowship programs for students. U.S. DOE representative Sandra Cortez was at CSULB Wednesday to find candidates for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship and other programs.

The Mickey Leland fellowship, named after the late Texas congressman and anti-poverty activist, was created in 1995 to improve opportunities for underrepresented STEM students. It provides college students with a chance to develop research skills with the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy.

For 10 weeks during the summer, participants train under program officials and scientists, then present their research findings at a technical forum. The deadline to apply is December 21.

“Fossil energy isn’t the most popular area among students, but it still needs a lot of attention,” said Cortez.

The DOE’s Fossil Energy work includes research and development into clean coal, maintaining the nation’s emergency petroleum reserves, ensuring environmentally sustainable domestic and global supplies of oil and natural gas, and regulating natural gas imports and exports.

The 50 students selected for the fellowship each receive a weekly stipend, housing subsidy, and round-trip airfare from home to the national lab where they are assigned. The fellowship runs from June 6-August 12 and begins with a trip to the DOE’s Washington, DC-area office.

Besides the Mickey Leland fellowship, the DOE offers a number of other programs, including the Science Undergraduate Lab Internship (SULI), the Office of Science Graduate Fellowship, the Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP), and the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. The department also offers year-round research opportunities for scholars and faculty.

For more information, visit http://www.energy.gov.

Best Place to Start Your Job Search: Figuring Out Your Interests

Before you even send out your first resume, be sure you understand your values and interests. That was the advice of Emmit Clark, College of Engineering director of professional development and internships, during Tuesday’s workshop on the job-search process.

A successful strategy calls for creation of a plan, conducting research, and taking action. Identify the type of job you’ll be looking for, along with tools and resources that you can use. Continue reading “Best Place to Start Your Job Search: Figuring Out Your Interests”

Beavers Endowed Chair in Heavy Civil Construction Established

Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada
Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada

The CSULB College of Engineering will commemorate the creation of the Beavers Endowed Chair in Heavy Civil Construction on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the courtyard west of the Vivian Engineering Center (VEC) Building. Funded by the Beavers Charitable Trust and other major supporters, the Beavers Chair will promote interest in civil and construction engineering at CSULB, as well as strengthen the pipeline of highly skilled heavy construction practitioners.

The heavy civil engineering and construction industry employs nearly 1 million people across the country, and according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is one of the fastest-growing engineering sectors. Heavy civil engineering refers to the design and construction of highways, bridges, rail corridors, dams, and other infrastructure. Continue reading “Beavers Endowed Chair in Heavy Civil Construction Established”

2015 Innovation Challenge Kicks Off

2015 Innovation Challenge
About 75 students turned out for the Sept. 21 kickoff of the 2015 Innovation Challenge.

ABC has “Shark Tank.” Google has Angelpad. And Cal State Long Beach has the Innovation Challenge.

The annual entrepreneurial event, where student teams compete to win $50,000 in funding and services for the best business idea, was started six years ago by the colleges of Engineering, Business, and the Arts.

The challenge’s goal is to produce one new business for the university each year. And judging from the 75 students who attended the Sept. 21 kickoff meeting, interest is on the rise. Continue reading “2015 Innovation Challenge Kicks Off”

Looking for a Few Good Candidates

Stem Job Fair Good CandidatesFor engineering students trying to land their first career opportunity, the Sept. 17  STEM Job Fair was the place to be. The annual fair attracted hundreds of job-seeking students, as well as nearly 100 hiring companies ranging from large corporations to government agencies to up-and-coming startups and in between.

Students waited patiently in long lines to turn in resumes to recruiters at Boeing, which maintains a strong presence in the region, and Facebook, which was making its first appearance at a Cal State University Long Beach job fair. Continue reading “Looking for a Few Good Candidates”

So You Want to Work at Facebook….

Work at FacebookFacebook, like many Silicon Valley companies, has been pushing hard to create a more diverse workforce. On the heels of its most recent diversity report, which showed only slight improvement, the company has been trying new approaches to create the varied workforce the company sees as key to the success of its products and business.

For years, Facebook recruiters said they visited the same 20 universities to search for new technical talent. But this year, they began reaching out to new educational institutions, including for the first time to California State University Long Beach, where Latinos and Asian American students are the largest ethnic groups. CSULB is only one of six universities that Facebook is visiting this year. Continue reading “So You Want to Work at Facebook….”

Resume Packaging Workshop: Building Your Personal Brand

Resume snapCalifornia State University Long Beach is just one of several universities in the region producing quality engineering grads. That’s why a stellar and eye-catching resume package is so important for those seeking to stand out from the competition in landing an internship or job.

A concise cover letter and solid resume containing power words, a clear objective, and accomplishments with quantifiable outcomes can go far in separating yourself from the pack, said Director of Internship and Professional Development Emmitt Clark during the Engineering Student Success Center’s first professional development workshop of the fall semester. Continue reading “Resume Packaging Workshop: Building Your Personal Brand”

STEM Leaders Discuss How They Entered Field

ElementsofChange_SaveTheDateThis month’s Elements of Change lecture explored how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics help improve our world. College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani said science discovers the world, engineering changes the world, technology helps you carry it out, and mathematics keeps your grounded. But, he added, “In many cases, it’s engineering that drives science.”

For speakers at the event, a popular question was how they got into the STEM fields. Often, they said, it was at the suggestion of a family member. Continue reading “STEM Leaders Discuss How They Entered Field”

Civil Engineering summer opportunity

Ventura County Watershed Protection District

The Ventura County Watershed Protection District is offering an opportunity for a Civil Engineering student to work for the summer in the Construction Inspection Section of our Design and Construction Division to gain experience in the areas of construction methods, survey, materials testing, and overall general construction inspection and documentation. The position location is Ventura and may require travel throughout Ventura County.

The ideal candidate would be completing their junior year of college and have completed most if not all of the following course work: survey, strength of materials, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, and design of reinforced concrete. The candidate would have good communication skills and have basic computer skills (eg. Knowledge in MS Word and Excel).

The successful candidate must possess and maintain a current, valid California driver license, and is expected to be able to perform the following physical tasks: occasional light lifting to a 25 lb. limit, bending, stooping or squatting, and considerable walking including down inclined slopes.

The fulltime position is being offered at the Student Worker III level ($10.00 per hour) and will be available between the successful candidate’s end of spring 2015 semester and beginning of fall 2015 semester. The successful candidate must show that they were enrolled during the spring 2015 semester or are enrolled for the upcoming fall 2015 semester with at least 12 units.

Interested applicants must submit a County of Ventura application by May 15, 2015. To receive an application in pdf form and to submit a completed application, please email Peter Sheydayi, Deputy Director, at peter.sheydayi@ventura.org.

800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, California 93009-1610
(805) 654-2001
Fax (805) 654-3350
http://www.vcwatershed.org

Download info: VCWPD Student Worker