Professional Development


Located in Silicon Valley, the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering has a unique advantage in its ability to provide students access to myriad opportunities to engage directly with industry and the community throughout their education. We aim to facilitate strong Silicon Valley industry, alumni and community partnerships and alliances that allow incoming and existing students and faculty to actively engage in opportunities to further learning, professional preparedness, and research and development.

Career Center

The Career Center provides undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni members, with the resources and tools for career success. The center provides educational tools to start career exploration, build your resume, develop interviewing success, and learn strategies to connect with employers successfully. They also host job and internship fairs, as well as on-campus recruiting sessions for partner employers.  Check the Career Center Program Calendar (link on the Career Center home page) or SJSU Handshake for workshops and employer events.

Kelly Masegian serves as the Career Center Liaison to the College of Engineering. During the fall and spring semesters, she provides Career Coaching for undergraduate students* in the Engineering Student Success Center (ENG 344) every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m on a walk-in basis. The Career Coaching services include:

  • Career Exploration
  • Resume help
  • Interviewing tips
  • Job/Internship search strategies

Students can also schedule appointments with Kelly at the Career Center by logging into SJSU Handshake (find the log-in link on the Career Center website and use your SJSU Single sign-on) and choose Appointment under the Career Center menu.

*Note: Small group advising is offered to graduate students based on demand and common career questions. Please email Kelly for schedule and additional resources.


The university offers several academic courses focusing on various aspects of professional development. For course descriptions, review the University Catalog. This includes, but is not limited to, the following courses:

  • BUS 012 Money Matters
  • CHE 161 Process Safety and Engineering Ethics
  • COMM 020 Public Speaking
  • COMM 020N Public Speaking for Nonnative Speakers
  • COMM 040 Argumentation and Advocacy
  • COMM 041 Critical Decision Making
  • COMM 074 Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication
  • EDCO 004 Personal, Academic and Career Exploration
  • EE 295 Technical Writing – Engineering Ethics
  • ENGR 200W Engineering Reports and Graduate Research
  • ENGL 007 Critical Thinking
  • ENGL 107 Professional Technical Writing
  • KIN 069 Stress Management: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • LING 021 Language and Thinking
  • MAS 074 Public Address
  • PHIL 057 Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • PHIL 186 Professional and Business Ethics

Engineering Professional Societies & Associations

Writing Resources


Writing Center

See the Spartan Success Portal (above) for details regarding the online workshops focused on Writing.