Interested in Engineering?

True advances that serve society take clear-eyed determination, technical smarts, creativity, and the openness to collaborate across disciplines. That’s how we work at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Explore Professions

Research the types of companies hiring students from each engineering major:

Bioengineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Nanoengineering

Structural Engineering

Gain Experience

To confirm your interest in a field, to develop the skills and knowledge needed for graduate study, and to prove your abilities to graduate schools, you’ll need to prepare academically and obtain relevant practical experience.

  • Explore your field of interest through relevant classes, majors & minors at UC San Diego
  • Talk to faculty, graduate students, and alumni in your field
  • Pursue research opportunities on or off campus
  • Get a relevant job or internship
  • Consider doing a Computer Science, Environmental Studies, or other relevant minor
  • Investigate engineering internships or an academic internship
  • Join student organizations or professional associations in your field
  • Do an independent project i.e. develop a mobile app

Prep for Graduate School

Before applying to graduate school, you want to consider whether graduate school is right for you. You want to ask yourself if you actually need a graduate degree to do your ideal job. To explore that, try looking at some job descriptions of the types of positions you want and see what they are asking for in an applicant. Once you've determine if graduate school is necessary then you want to select and apply to the program that best fits your professional goals. Below are some tools which can help you explore and prepare for graduate programs:

Get the Job

To get a job or internship, make sure to prepare in advance: