Interaction with industry is a critical part of the M.E.M. program. M.E.M. students have a number of opportunities to develop relationships with professional managers and engineers in industry, and the M.E.M. Corporate Collaboration Council, industry partners, and the Thayer School Career Services office helps M.E.M. students find employment in a wide range of companies.
M.E.M. students can tap the expertise of members of the Corporate Collaboration Council to help them in a number of ways.
M.E.M. students complete an industry internship during the final year of the M.E.M. program as part of ENGG 390: Master of Engineering Management Project. The internship takes place at an industry sponsor's company and may focus on engineering or management or both. During the internship, students gain experience managing a real-world project and applying engineering problem-solving skills while working in an industrial context. Since students are both working with the sponsor and gaining credit for the course in their program they must satisfy multiple needs and requirements during the internship. Students present the results of their internships to a professional review board.
Recent internship placements demonstrate the range of options for the M.E.M. student.
Watch M.E.M. students describe their internships:
Recent M.E.M. graduates are working in a variety of positions in many different companies.
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2012 (PDF)
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2011 (PDF)
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2010 (PDF)
Career Placement by Industry
Career Placement by Function
* Other includes entrepreneurial activities, military services, and continuing education
2012 Starting Salaries
- 75th percentile: $75,000
- Average: $71,862
- 25th percentile: $65,000
Graduates report that certain skills are key to success:
- problem solving
- communication and presentation
- leadership and organization
M.E.M. students practice these skills in their coursework and then in the M.E.M. internship. Other courses use case histories to provide insight into how these skills work in a range of industrial situations.
"The M.E.M. has provided me with a unique cornerstone for my career. It has opened numerous doors and allowed me to pursue many varied interests from general management consulting in a variety of industries to venture capital investing in early stage, high tech start-up companies. My uniquely broad engineering education combined with the essential business principles taught during the course of the M.E.M. program have been invaluable resources in evaluating the technical feasibility of new ideas, determining the extent to which it is possible to transform these ideas into marketable products, and identifying opportunities within the marketplace that will foster successful growth of new companies."
—Jessica Duda, M.E.M. '99, Project Director, Third Rock Ventures
Heiyab Tessema discusses skills he learned in the M.E.M. program:
Read how the M.E.M. program prepared other M.E.M. graduates for their careers and technology ventures.
The skills acquired during the M.E.M. program are a strong foundation for a successful career as an engineering program manager:
Find out more about the skills gained during the M.E.M. program as employers of M.E.M. students discuss why they hire M.E.M.s.
M.E.M. students find career counseling and career-related resources at the Thayer School Career Services office. The Alumni Networks is a good resource for a student's initial job search as well as for their lifelong career path.
Students can be mentored by faculty and members of the Corporate Collaboration Council.