Everyone schmoozes—or, at least, they ought to. Many scientists feel uncomfortable about reaching out to strangers for help and advice, not to mention pitching themselves as exceptional candidates for funding, positions, and advancement. This is becoming increasingly important, however, especially in engineering circles.
From February 10-12, NASA/OSSI will be holding a digital, interactive STEM career and grad school fair for those with stellar ambitions—in space or on the ground. The opportunities are not limited to the space agency.
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The University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and several high schools in the Tuscon region have created a one-page process and timeline instructions for businesses interested in hiring students for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) internships. The initiative will make it easier for businesses to connect with future employees, and it offers students important, hands-on training — plus an incentive to stay in Tucson after they graduate, according to the UA website.
The initiative is aligned with Never Settle, UA’s strategic plan, which calls for the active engagement of the student body in career-minded activities, capacity building around STEM and improved engagement with business and community partners.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) administers a number of federal scholarship and fellowship programs for undergraduates – including for the Office of Naval Research’s Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program and NASA’s Aeronautics Scholarship Program.