Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Real World Engineering: Silicon Valley

Real World Engineering: SV ParticipantsStudents on the Silicon Valley program get a first-hand look at engineering in the epicenter of innovation. During this trip, students learn about unique career paths they can pursue with an engineering degree by visiting multiple company sites and networking with their engineers and campus recruiters. Students will also visit and learn about the opportunities available to them at the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley campus, which offers the 5th year Masters program to ECE students.


Who: This experience is for first-year students only.

Where: Students have visited the following company sites:

  • Google
  • Box
  • Intel
  • OnLive
  • Tesla
  • Backplane
  • Apple
  • Electronic Arts
  • Palantir
  • Plug and Play
  • SanDisk
  • NetApp
  • Proofpoint
  • RelateIQ
  • Ruckus Wireless

When: RWE Silicon Valley runs in May, immediately following the end of the CMU final exam period. The 2017 program will run from Wednesday, May 17th to Saturday, May 20th. Students have the option to extend their time in California, or to schedule their return flights to a location other than Pittsburgh.

How: Applications are available now.

Here's what a few RWE: SV students said:

"It's more than a trip that helps us know a bunch of companies. It's generally helpful in improving social skills, learning the importance of our education, and how we can better prepare from where we stand in college."

"It gave me the opportunity to speak with engineers and managers at Silicon Valley companies and learn what skills I must develop to become a part of their companies."

"It was very interesting to see how the engineers' jobs varied according to the type of company. For example, in a very small company like Backplane, it was more important to have a big picture understanding and pick up whatever new tools were necessary for possibly unforeseen problems/developments whereas in large established companies like Intel, the job seems a lot more well-defined and specialized."