In Spring 2018, we asked 530 students from 20 universities to talk about their job and internship experience and about what they wanted to do after graduation.  80% of the students who responded are earning a Bachelor’s degree, 12% are earning a Master’s degree, and 8% are earning a Ph.D.  Here are some of the highlights:


After Graduation:

  • 75.2% of students said they want to work in the power industry
  • Of the 161 companies that students plan to apply to for work this summer, here are the top 10 most popular:
  1. Siemens
  2. Duke Energy
  3. Dominion Energy
  4. National Grid
  5. Caterpillar
  6. Tesla
  7. Pacificorp
  8. General Electric
  9. Boeing
  10. Helix Electric


Students were asked “what work-related activities do you plan after graduation?”  Here were their answers:

  1. Work at a utility company (n=204)
  2. Get a job, somewhere that is not a utility company (188)
  3. Not sure or still considering options (148)
  4. Go to graduate school full time (84)
  5. Continue working full time where I work now (68)
  6. Volunteer with an organization (23)


Here are the 10 most popular companies where students have already received job offers:

  1. Exelon
  2. Burns & McDonnell
  3. MISO
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. Alliant Energy
  6. Duke Energy
  7. Honeywell
  8. Black & Veatch
  9. MidAmerica Energy
  10. NAVFAC

We hope this helps in your future job search!