Federal Agencies Offer Career and Research Opportunities

Finding resources and funding to advance your engineering career and academic pursuits can be pretty daunting. The right one could be anywhere, from corporations, organizations, or institutions. But some other sources worth checking out are U.S. federal agencies. The Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and Department of Transportation all provide useful avenues. These include internships, fellowships, contests, career and research opportunities, and general information. For scholarships, see our comprehensive list.

AbilityOne Design Challenge

The AbilityOne® Design Challenge, in partnership with the ASEE Design in Engineering Education Division, encourages students to develop assistive technologies that empower people with disabilities to overcome barriers to employment. The design challenge is a service learning opportunity for students in grades 9-12 in the High School Program or any college student or student team at the graduate or undergraduate level in the University Program that also enhances science, engineering and technology skills. University students work throughout the academic year and are eligible to win cash prizes up to $10,000.

Innovate the Future Contest

Lockheed Martin Corporation offers the Innovate the Future Contest, a worldwide innovation competition with cash awards totaling $50,000. The contest creates a global forum for interested participants to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. Participants are invited to submit their thoughts on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and healthcare.

Project CANDLE

Project CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between Penn State University, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, and lighting industry partners. Some activities include: travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting and encourage interaction between students and professionals; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.

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ASEE Student Division

The ASEE Student Division was created at the 2007 Annual Conference and Exposition to provide student members a voice and home within the national organization. Student Division objectives for ASEE student members include: fostering programs at regional and national ASEE meetings; promoting the development at ASEE Student Chapters at local campuses; participating in local K-12 STEM education activities; promoting graduate school opportunities for undergrads; promoting scholarships, fellowships, and post-doctoral opportunities; providing opportunities for students to gain insight into academic careers and teaching practices; developing ties between Division members and ASEE Corporate members; developing international opportunities; developing the next generation of ASEE leaders; and building a community of student members. Join them on Facebook.

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