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BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work, Stanford Career Education

Career Educators at BEAM connect with undergraduate and graduate engineering students to help explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey.

Below is a list of programs and services, which can all be accessed through BEAM’s online platform, Handshake, which connects students to a diverse range of employers, events, opportunities, and assigned career coaches.

  • Meetups: These career-community building opportunities engage students, employers, and alumni in informal group discussion on various topics that may be student suggested. Usually taking place in casual environments, meetups are a great way to make connections, share experiences, and learn.
  • Labs are an especially interactive type of meetup where students have the opportunity to work on a specific document, such as a resume or cover letter, or a project with assistance and immediate feedback from a BEAM career coach.
  • Individual appointments are available for students to meet with their assigned career coaches. Students may request an appointment through Handshake to cover interests and goals, assessments, career opportunities, making connections, preparing for interviews, and more.
  • Assessments are excellent resources for clarifying interests, developing a professional vocabulary, and establishing a starting point for career exploration.
  • Interviewing at BEAM: For students’ ease, many employers will choose to reserve space at BEAM to conduct interviews. A schedule of employers conducting interviews at Stanford, along with details of the positions and application process, can be accessed through Handshake.
  • Career Fairs are an excellent way to connect with employers to learn about job and internship opportunities along with the specific skills they are seeking. BEAM hosts multiple career fairs during the academic year, covering a wide variety of industries and engineering majors.
  • Stanford Alumni Mentoring: Through the SAM program, students can learn more about Stanford outside the classroom from an alumni mentor point of view. Students will have a chance to discover career pathways and life lessons from someone who has been in their shoes. SAM is open to all current students, and mentoring sessions are available during each quarter of the academic year.

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Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Many engineers, especially those in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, will find it an important step in their careers to become Registered Professional Engineers in the state in which they intend to practice. The first step in becoming registered is to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination (formally the Engineering-In-Training, or EIT, exam). All engineering students should consider taking the FE exam, whether or not they currently envision becoming licensed engineers. The exam is broadly based, takes eight hours, and covers basic topics such as calculus, physics, chemistry, statics, thermodynamics, circuits, and so forth. It is much easier to pass the exam while these basic subjects are still relatively fresh in your mind, and hence it is highly recommended that the exam be taken toward the end of the senior year or shortly thereafter. Exams are given twice a year, in April and October, with a filing deadline that is approximately two and a half months previous to the test. For details and deadlines, visit