Jobs and Internships
In the School of Engineering, we help students build career skills from day one. Our coursework prepares students with the tools they need for professional engineering practice as well as "soft skills" like communication, teamwork, and time management. Our faculty and alumni help connect students with opportunities for engineering internships, research experiences, and permanent employment.
An engineering internship is a great way to gain practical experience and explore career options. We encourage students to take advantage of the D.C. area and its many opportunities, but our students also participate in internships around the country. The Catholic University Center for Academic and Career Success helps connect students and employers for both internship and full-time employment, and helps prepare students for interviewing, resume building, networking, and decision-making.
Nearly all of our graduates have found employment or been accepted into graduate school by the time they receive their diploma. The data below reports results for the classes of 2018-2020.*
*data from the Office of Financial Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment's Senior Exit Survey
Career Exploration Fridays
On Fridays throughout the semester, the School of Engineering hosts presentations from employers in the region aimed at engineering students seeking internships or full-time, post-graduation employment.Learn More
Student Fellowship OpportunitiesThe following fellowships are for all engineering students.
NSF Graduate Fellowship
The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) helps ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program is open to those who intend to enroll or are enrolled full-time in a research-based Master's or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education. For more information, please visit the following link:
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program was established in 1989 by direction of congress as an approach to increasing the number of United States (U.S.) citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. For more information, please visit the following link:
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (PD Soros) supports thirty New Americans - immigrants or the children of immigrants - who are pursuing graduate or professional school in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000. Submissions are due October 26th. For more information, please visit the following link:
The Hertz Fellowship
The Hertz Fellowship is available to college seniors, first-year graduate students, or students in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school. To be eligible, the student must intend to pursue a Ph.D. in the applied physical or biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering. This fellowship includes a cost-of-education allowance, and a personal stipend valued at up to $250,000.
To see the specific qualifications, and to access additional information, please visit the following link:
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
To access a list of fellowships and grants offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), please visit the following link:
ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship
The Graduate Teaching Fellowship provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is for outstanding doctoral candidates in mechanical engineering education and related engineering fields, particularly women and minorities. Fellowship awards are $5,000 a year for a maximum of two years. For more information, please visit the following link:
The Freeman Fund is used to aid and encourage young engineering graduate students, especially in research work for objectives provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information, please visit the following link:
Jack E. Leisch Fellowship
This fellowship is open to graduate students. The award consists of a certificate and monetary payment of approximately $5,000. For more information, please visit the following link:
Arthur S. Tuttle Fellowship
This fellowship is open to first year graduate students with an amount determined annually. For more information, please visit the following link:
O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering
This fellowship is awarded to encourage creation of new knowledge in structural design and construction. For more information, please visit the following link:
National Academies Predoctoral Fellowship
These fellowships are for Ph.D. students. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/ford-foundation-fellowships
Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein FellowshipThis fellowship is offered by the National Institutes of Health for Ph.D. students. For more information, please visit the following link: https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/F30