Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Society of Women Engineers (CPSWE) strives to provide a gateway between the collegiate and corporate worlds by arranging multiple networking events throughout the year. This year, CPSWE held its third annual Networking Showcase on September 27, 2017. This event gives Cal Poly students the opportunity to talk with company representatives during the week of the university Fall Career Fair. Some of the 16 companies that attended this year’s showcase included PepsiCo, Edwards Lifesciences, Texas Instruments, Applied Materials, Eaton, Micron Technology, Orbital ATK, JPL, Northrop Grumman, Palo Alto Networks, Phillips 66, Rockwell Automation, Southern California Edison, Syserco, ViaSat, and Western Digital.
During the evening, over 85 Cal Poly students seeking employment and internships were able to meet and converse with industry representatives. CPSWE provided refreshments and appetizers for all attendees in order to create a relaxed atmosphere, conducive for strengthening professional relationships. Companies in attendance received flash drives with resumes supplied by interested students. Overall, Networking Showcase was hugely successful in connecting students with prospective employers. By offering an additional alternative setting to discuss career options, the Networking Showcase aligns with the goals of SWE by stimulating “women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders” (swe.org).