Real World Engineering Silicon Valley

Students in 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 at the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley campus, which offers the 5th-year master’s program to ECE students.

Who: This experience is for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering.

Where: Partner companies will host small groups of students for site visits, tours, and information sessions. Previously, students have visited the following companies:

  • Google
  • Box
  • Intel
  • OnLivel
  • Tesla
  • Backplane
  • Apple
  • NetApp
  • ProofPoint
  • RelateIQ
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • San Disk
  • Plug and Play
  • Palantir
  • Electronic Arts

College of Engineering students will receive an email about upcoming Real World Engineering opportunities, with links and information on how to apply.

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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.”

RWE: Silicon Valley Students

Source: Carnegie Mellon University

RWE Silicon Valley Students

“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.”