Events & workshops
Each semester Engineering Student Services provides students with leadership, professional development and career training.
Spring 2022 events
Alive Week | May 2-May 6, Noon-2 p.m. | 240 Bechtel
Alive Week is next week! Join the Center for Access to Engineering Excellence Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6, noon-2 p.m. each day. There are five chances for you to take a break, get some nourishment, connect with peers, and have fun. Visit the Alive Week webpage to learn more about the events and to register.
Blue & Gold Emerging Leaders Forum | May 2, Noon–1:30 p.m. | Register for the Zoom link
Engineering Student Services and The Engineering Student Council invite new and rising leaders to attend the Blue & Gold Emerging Leaders Forum, Monday, May 2, Noon-1:30 p.m. on Zoom. Please complete the RSVP form to confirm your participation and to get the Zoom link. Student Organizations that have 2 or more leaders attend the forum will receive a total of $200 to their 2022-23 fund allocation (from the ESC and ESS). RSVP form closes on April 29, 11:59 p.m.
Transfer Student Graduation Celebration | Thursday, May 5, 12:30–2 p.m.| McLaughlin Plaza
Graduating junior transfer students in the College of Engineering are invited to a transfer-specific graduation party, Thursday, May 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m., McLaughlin Plaza. This informal event will include food and games. Register online. This includes folks graduating in any of the following semesters: Fall 21, Spring 22, Summer 22, and Fall 22.
Past Spring 2022 events
Transfer Career Path Success Series | Wednesday, February 23, 4:00 p.m.
The Transfer Success Ambassadors present Transfer Career Path Success Series, Wednesday, February 23, 240 Sutardja Dai Hall. Join them for an overview of recent alumni career paths and decisions, followed by a Q&A and time for networking over snacks. Discussions will include not being sure what to do once you graduate, is grad school the right path forward, and how to make connections.
How to Land Your Dream Job | Thursday, February 24, Noon-2:30 p.m.
Do you love your elevator pitch? Are you thinking, what’s an elevator pitch? Do you want to learn more effective ways to use LinkedIn? Do you wonder how you can optimize Handshake? Do you want to learn what NOT to include on your resume?
How to Land Your Dream Job, Part II | Thursday, March 3, Noon-2 p.m.
Do you love your elevator pitch? Are you thinking, “What’s an elevator pitch?” Do you want to learn more effective ways to use LinkedIn? Do you wonder how you can optimize Handshake? Do you want to learn what NOT to include on your resume? Join ESS’ Director of Program Marvin Lopez to get started on the road to landing your Dream Job. This is a People’s Choice type format meaning you tell us what you want him to cover.
Deal or No Deal | Thursday, March 10, 12-1:30 p.m., 290 HMMB
You just landed a job offer (or multiple job offers). What do you do? Don’t panic! Marvin Lopez, ESS Director of Student Programs, will teach you how to turn a job offer into an awesome job offer. You’ll leave knowing how to compare job offers, negotiate offers, and arrive at a win-win solution. Bring questions and an appetite as food will be provided!
Summer Plans workshop | Friday, March 11, 3–4 p.m.
Join the ESS Peer Advisers who will share their summer experiences and provide information about summer sessions, internships, research, and study abroad.
Discover Your Strengths | Tuesday, March 15, 3:30–5 p.m. *note corrected start time
Do you cringe when someone asks, “What are your strengths?” There is actually a fun way to discover your strengths and the strengths of your fellow engineering students. CliftonStrengths for Engineers will give you the opportunity to learn to understand your individual strengths and how to convey these to others in job interviews and other spaces. You’ll also learn to appreciate how the unique strengths of others enhance your team! Attend both sessions to receive a certificate but more importantly, you will acquire insight into your individual strengths that will benefit you throughout your time at Cal and beyond.
Cookies & Postcards | Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 220 Bechtel
Help us welcome the class of 2026! We will be writing personalized postcards to admitted students. Bring your engineering friends to be part of welcoming a new cohort of students with personalized postcards! Plus—homemade cookies!
CAEE Game Day | Friday, April 15, Noon-2 p.m. | 240 Bechtel
Looking to get a head-start on your weekend? Join us for CAEE Game Day on Friday, April 15th from 12PM- 2PM in Bechtel 240! Whether you’re competitive or just want to unwind with friends swing by to get some pizza and put your skills to the test with Jackbox games.
Fall 2021 events
Alive Week begins December 6! Join the CAEE for Alive Week! Monday, December 6 – Friday, December 10. 5 events for you to take a break, get some nourishment and have fun! The events are Gingerbread House Making, Snack Bag Giveaway, Pizza & Board Games, the CAEE Games, and ending with a Dance Par-TEA.
Student safety forum
UCPD and Berkeley Police offer advice and answer questions to help you stay safe on — and off — campus. Speakers include: Tsu-Jae King Liu, Dean, College of Engineering, Lt. Sabrina Reich, UC Berkeley Police Department, and Sgt. Veronica Rodrigues, Berkeley City Police Department.
Resume clinic | Thursday, September 9
Resumes are often your first introduction to your dream job. Marvin Lopez, Director of Programs for Engineering Student Services, will conduct a resume clinic. You’ll receive tips and support on how to improve your current resume.
Applying to graduate school | Tuesday, September 14
Presented by Professor Oliver O’Reilly
The application process for graduate schools is a hybrid of applying for a job and applying for admission to a school. The number of variables and the randomness of the process are particularly challenging for applicants and faculty alike. This workshop will give an overview of the requirements and the faculty review process. Registration is required, this will be an in person event with limited capacity. Please note you will need to have a green badge the date of the event in order to attend. Please contact Meltem Erol if you have questions or need more information.
LinkedIn workshop | Thursday, September 23, Noon–1:30 p.m. | 290 HMMB
LinkedIn is often the first way that you introduce yourself to prospective employers. Marvin Lopez, Director of Programs for Engineering Student Services, will go over how to make the best impression with LinkedIn. You’ll also get tips on how to use LinkedIn as a networking tool.
Professional headshots | Thursday, September 23, 3–5 p.m. | Bechtel Terrace
Let us help you spruce up your photo to ensure that your profiles make a great impression! Photos are taken by the College’s professional photographer, and you’ll be able to borrow a shirt, tie, or jacket if you want to dress up the photo.
Undergraduate research symposium poster session | Tuesday, October 5, noon–2 p.m. | HMMB lobby
Undergraduate students will be presenting their research on a wide range of projects across the College of Engineering. Submissions to present your poster will be accepted until September 30. The poster session is open to all undergraduate students working with engineering faculty. If you did a summer REU program and have a poster we encourage you to participate as well.
How to get involved in research | Thursday, October 7, noon–1:30 p.m. | 290 HMMB
Unsure about how to get involved in research? Join Tiffany Reardon, Associate Director of Engineering Excellence Programs, to learn ways to connect with faculty, learn about paid summer and academic research programs and how to make your applications stand out.
Major Madness | October 14
Undecided about your major? Considering exploring other engineering fields? Join Major Madness to meet representatives of Berkeley student organizations and learn about all of the majors that the College of Engineering has to offer! The event will be hosted in 240 Bechtel by the ESS Peer Advisers..
Interview Workshop | Thursday, October 28, 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 HMMB
Do you want to improve your interviewing skills? Join Marvin Lopez, Director of Student Programs for Engineering Student Services, to learn ways to effectively impress your interviewer and leave a mark.
Applying to Graduate School | Thursday, November 4, 12-1:30 p.m. | 290 HMMB
Interested in graduate school? Come join Meltem Erol, ESS Director of Graduate Outreach, for an informative session on what to expect and best practices for applying to grad school. Register online.
Knit & Purl Your Stress Away | Thursday, November 18
Did you know that knitting and crocheting have measurable effects on relieving stress? Aside from the mental health benefits, these are also fun and low-cost activities that you can do anywhere. Students, staff, and faculty from Berkeley Engineering will be there to teach you how to knit (or crochet) your way to a fun, low cost hobby.