Careers and Industry

Dartmouth MEM graduates have a strong track record of obtaining well compensated positions in their chosen fields with potential for higher level managerial and leadership positions thereafter. Our 100% internship placement rate and greater than 90% full-time placement rate every year reflect the strong demand for our talented students. Starting salaries of the 2017 graduating class were:

Engineering BS median from the 2012 Engineering Income and Salary Survey from ASCE/ASME

Ten years out, the Dartmouth MEM degree holder enjoys a compensation that rivals or exceeds that of an MBA degree holder with the same seniority.

Recent MEM graduates are working in a variety of positions and companies:

Career Placement by Industry

Career Placement by Function

* Other includes entrepreneurial activities, military services, and continuing education

Career Skills

Graduates report that certain skills are key to success:

MEM students practice these skills in their coursework and in the MEM internship. Some courses use case histories to provide insight into how these skills work in a range of industrial situations.

"The MEM 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 MEM 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, MEM '99, Project Director, Third Rock Ventures

Hear what our students have to say about the MEM program:

Read how the MEM program prepared other MEM graduates for their careers and technology ventures.

The skills acquired during the MEM program are a strong foundation for a successful career as an engineering program manager:

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Find out more about the skills gained during the MEM program as employers of MEM students discuss why they hire MEMs.


Internship project presentation As a capstone experience, students complete an industry internship during which they take on a project in the framework 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. Upon returning to Dartmouth, students present the results of their internship project to a professional review board.

Recent internship placements demonstrate the range of options for the MEM student:

Hear MEM students describe their internships:

Industrial Engagement

Interaction with industry is a critical part of the MEM degree program. Students have a number of opportunities to develop relationships with professional managers and engineers in industry.

MEM students can tap the expertise of the Corporate Collaboration Council to help them in a number of ways. Each student is mentored individually by a member of the Council who advises on career options and preparation, assists with networking, and facilitates the internship and job search.

Career Resources

MEM students can find career counseling and career-related resources at Thayer School's Career Services office. The Alumni Network is a good resource for a student's initial job search as well as for their lifelong career path.

Students can be mentored by engineering or business school faculty as well as members of the Corporate Collaboration Council.