Clarkson students care about what comes after college. We believe in the power of professional experiences to accelerate their post-graduation success, so we require every student on campus to have at least one, usually through a co-op, internship or research project.
Clarkson has a really great career center here. Having a career center like that is super beneficial. It's a really great place to go and get advice on resumes, and they have a great alumni connection. So if you have a company in mind that you really want to work for, you want to look more into, they can get you in touch with someone that works there.
They put on a really great career fair where over 180 companies will come, and students can get internships and co-ops and research opportunities through that. You can't graduate Clarkson without a professional experience, which I think helps you put one foot forward in the fact that you've already had experience in the field that you want to do.
I'd say what differentiates a Clarkson alum from other alums would be that Clarkson definitely provides a lot of hands on experience. After my freshman year I interned at GE Solar in Schenectady, New York. There I was during the solar design engineering, and then I went on co-op my second semester sophomore year to work for Tesla in Reno, Nevada. So companies definitely are able to come on campus. The career center is always open to talking to new employers to recruit students, and I'm really looking forward to having a job after graduation.