Real World Engineering: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is a key city for students to visit to observe how engineering influences the public and private sectors. By interacting with engineers in the nation's capital, students see what skills they must acquire to become leaders in their fields and to inform public policy in meaningful ways.
Who: This program is open to all undergraduate College of Engineering students.
Where: Students will visit companies in small groups, or in some cases, individually. Previous students have visited the following companies:
When: The RWE: Washington, D.C. program runs over spring break, in early March. The 2017 program will depart Pittsburgh on Sunday, March 12 and return on Tuesday, March 14th.
How: Applications are available now and are due on Monday, January 30th at 9 a.m. at Scaife Hall 120.
Here's what a few RWE: DC students said:
"This program is an excellent opportunity for students, especially underclassmen, to gain exposure to the real world and understand the importance of networking, as well as the preparation needed to achieve certain career goals in the future. With a strong connection of alumni, students will feel encouraged and supported rather than inadequate and helpless—it's like sharing your stories with a friend, rather than throwing your elevator pitch under pressure to an interviewer."
"Alumni in networking events were very friendly, and had a different attitude than average employers because of the connection. The talks also made me realize the importance of networking, and the events provided just the chance to practice it."
"It's a great way to see what engineers do in the field that you're interested in. It's a great way to practice networking and expand your professional network. The RWE: DC program was in a very relevant and important setting which made the experience all the more valuable."