While many of these employers recruit on campus, networking is still a critical component in securing a job or internship in these industries. The recruiting process for a summer internship following junior year actually begins during your sophomore year. Successful candidates invest time in the process by attending on-campus sessions, networking at career expos, signing up for coffee chats and arranging informal phone calls or meetings. It is crucial to begin this process early before the official recruitment season begins. In addition to reviewing job application materials, many employers will grant interviews to candidates who they’ve connected with earlier on in the process. The interview process will typically consist of a mix of behavioral and technical questions. Formal recruiting starts at the beginning of the fall semester, so make sure you return to campus ready to go with an updated resume and proper attire.
Smaller firms will often hire on an as-needed basis and therefore do not tend to conduct on-campus interviews. Develop a list of target companies and routinely visit their websites for job posting and other opportunities. Connect regularly with classmates, professors, alumni and personal contacts to develop relationships with individuals who work in these industries.
Whether you are interested in smaller or larger firms, to ensure you do not miss out on any opportunities to connect with an employer or job application deadlines, check Handshake for job and internship postings and networking events.
Biotechnology can be described as technology with a foundation in biology. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization states that “Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet.” Students typically intern/work in roles related to medical or chemical manufacturing, food sciences, pharmaceuticals, and research labs in industry and academic settings.
The Medical Device field is part of the healthcare industry. Technology and innovation drive design. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines this field here.
Popular organizations to intern or work are: Baxter International, Cardinal Health, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic
Earth Sciences encompass the study of the earth within a scientific lens. Some fields within this area of study include geography, climatology, meteorology, oceanography, and hydrology. These studies allow a better understanding of the earth. Students typically intern/work in academia, oil & gas, computational modeling, museums and even financial services.
Natural resources are tied to the energy industry. These include leveraging natural resources such as soil, fossil fuels, water power and minerals (to name a few) to solve problems.
Students may intern/work as: natural resources analysts or managers, water resources engineers, and environmental engineers.
This is a broad term for an area with many sub-fields. Roles in this space range from financial analyst or trader to engineers, technicians, supply chain managers, project management, IT, consulting and environmental.
Student clubs include: Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, National Society for Black Engineers
Here, the focus is on just two of those sub-fields: Renewable and Oil & Gas.
Renewable energy is energy gathered from naturally replenished resources (like solar, wind, geothermal, bio and hydro). Organizations generally monetize this natural energy by selling it to consumers. Students may intern/work in this space for Direct Energy, Green Mountain Energy or NRG.
Oil & Gas
It’s important for students to understand each stage of the process and identify which one(s) to focus on in an internship or job search.
Civil & Environmental
This area of study focuses on so much of what’s around us and how people navigate the spaces around us in safe and (ideally) healthy ways: buildings, bridges, the environment, sustainability and so much more. Students in this field are able to analyze problems in various environments (internal and external structures and in science) in order to solve and innovate around them.
Construction is a field that entails commercial building, home building, and renovation, heavy industrial construction or engineering construction. The latter may entail design and construction of railroads,
Students typically intern/work in project management, field engineer, construction operations and building analytics.
Engineering construction organizations related to Oil & Gas include ABB, CB&I, Foster Wheeler, Fugro, KBR, and Technip.
Sustainability is a movement that doesn’t just entail careers in biodesign or clean energy, but also plays a role in many other industries, each with their own green career options. This resource package is designed to be a comprehensive guide on looking into “greening careers’, complete with general tips on how to be more eco-friendly, alumni advice, career timelines, and a litany of other resources. Click on the below links to access resources that are designed by students, for students:
Compiled Resource List: Rice and Beyond
Sustainability at Work
Sustainability Career Search: Before Senior Year
Sustainability Career Source: During Senior Year
Words of Wisdom from Alumni
Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The Transportation and Warehousing sector includes industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing, and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation. Establishments in these industries use transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.”
The Transportation field relies on moving passengers and goods/cargo via air, rail, water, and road. Students typically intern/work at airports, railways, trains, pipelines and post offices. Logistics can fall in this field as well.