ARL participates in Pennsylvania State University Fall Career Days

October 30, 2014

Representatives from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently participated in the 2014 Fall Career Days recruiting event held at Pennsylvania State University,University Park, PA.

Fall career days at Penn State are held annually and bring together corporate, government and industry of all specialties to recruit technical talent for tech-savvy internships, student programs and full-time employment opportunities. The annual event draws thousands of students with various academic backgrounds, and provides recruiters and managers opportunities to meet and interact with candidates who are interested in their organization. The schedule of events includes non-technical full-time career opportunities in various fields on day one; internship and co-op programs on day two; and technical full-time career opportunities in various fields on day three.

The three day event included fairs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students as well as university alumni and professionals. Representatives from ARL's Human Research and Engineering Directorate, Vehicle Technology Directorate, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate and the Maryland offices of ORAU met and interacted with hundreds of candidates to discuss related internships, co-op student programs and technical careers available at ARL.

Serving as a representative for ARL and the Army's Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) was Steve Taulbee an engineer in ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate. Taulbee took the opportunity to explain the benefits of having access to a large number of candidates in a one-stop environment.

"As an alumnus, I am very proud to be able to say that Penn State offers one of the finest institutions for education in the scientific and engineering disciplines, and has been a productive source of human capital for the ARL staff over the years. Our participation in the Fall Career Days provides a valuable, efficient mechanism of continuing the legacy of bringing in new talent to ARL, including undergraduate interns, postdoctoral fellows, and permanent hires" explained Taulbee.

During the technical, internship and co-op days of the event, ARL and ORAU representatives spoke to candidates about various engineering and science positions, student programs available such as the College Qualified Leadership (CQL) work-study internship, and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) programs.

Sponsored by AEOP, the CQL program affords undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn and work in Department of Defense research laboratories. The internship is available year round, and provides program mentors a chance at conducting research and sharing their passion for science with students. Through the internship, students have broad research opportunities and are prepared for careers in science and engineering as well as training to be future mentors.

ORISE, a research participation program, allows senior scientists; faculty; high school, bachelor's, master's, doctoral students and recent graduates opportunities to enhance their science education experiences. The program affords qualified researchers and technical experts an opportunity to participate in current research and development activities related to ARL's critical missions.

In total, the ARL and ORAU team interacted with over 600 students majoring in a variety of science and engineering disciplines, most of whom were very excited about possible opportunities to work and become involved in research at ARL.

It is noteworthy to mention that Pennsylvania State University is the largest Engineering University in the U.S., with over 9500 graduate and undergraduate engineering students.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: October 30, 2014