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November 2010

WPI International Students- Driven to succeed and ready for hire

WPI’s extensive international student body offers a vital source of highly qualified candidates for critical positions—and hiring them is a simple process with great gains for employers.

The dynamic and immersive experience of WPI is attractive to students near and far. WPI educates students through the global perspectives program and other study abroad opportunities, and at the same time the university enriches its population by bringing international students on campus.  International students embrace the WPI community as their home away from home. Many times this motivated and intelligent population can be overlooked by employers—and that is a lost opportunity.

In general, employers seek out WPI students for internships and full-time positions because of the high level of ability and productivity.  You will find that the international student population—about  700 students or  15% of the WPI population—are equally high-performing and greatly motivated to put their skills to use in a new country. Regarding summer internships, international students on an F-1 visa are already eligible for 12 months of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) with minimal paperwork for the employer.

A recent Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for full-time hires allows F-1 students in science, technology, engineering, and math  (STEM) disciplines to work 29 months past graduation. With over 2 years of visa coverage possible through OPT, a WPI education, and high motivation, the international student population is a strong talent pool for employers to consider. 

View the resources available through the WPI CDC as well as the International House regarding international students. If you have any questions about hiring from the WPI student population, please do not hesitate to contact the CDC at 508-831-5260. 

Build a Dynamic Workforce with WPI’s Women’s & Diversity Programs

Make a connection with the WPI Office of Diversity and Women’s Programs to capitalize on the growing diversity of the WPI talent pool.  More than 30% of the population is women, and WPI’s underrepresented student population has doubled in the past five years.

The Office of Diversity and Women’s Programs has been active on the WPI campus for ten years. From facilitating outreach programs for middle and high school students to advising student clubs and organizing the Women’s Industry Network (WIN), the office advance the skills and strengthen the support of underrepresented and women students through the leadership of its directors, Audra Gaul (Women’s Programs) and NaTonia Trammell (Diversity Programs).

Companies hoping to capitalize on the growing diversity of the WPI talent pool benefit from collaboration with Gaul and Trammell. The number of women on campus has grown to 30% of the student population, while WPI’s underrepresented student population has doubled in the past five years.

In regards to recruiting this increasingly diverse talent pool, Gaul says, “Companies that deepen their relationships with the office get exposure to our most talented students.” Building relationships with the Office of Diversity & Women’s Programs through collaborative events and mentoring achieves increased student confidence and earns a company deeper recognition with students.

According to Trammell, programs such as EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Program), are “a gem for local companies as well as companies across the globe because it really prepares our underrepresented students to be well-rounded candidates when they graduate.” For more information about the Office of Diversity & Women’s Programs or on how your company can collaborate, call 508-831-5796 or visit the webpage.

Recruiter’s Toolbox: Average Salary Resources

Whether filling a position or negotiating with a candidate, your company should be continually updating resources to project an average salary range. The WPI Career Development Center (CDC) provides up-to-date resources for companies to utilize as collegiate-level salaries are evaluated for internships, co-op, and full-time opportunities.

The CDC collects and provides average salary data of WPI graduates roughly 6-8 months after graduation. This data is submitted to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) to share in the nation-wide averages. As an employer of WPI, you have access to both sets of data to utilize in your research.

In addition to WPI averages, useful tools for employers include the NACE Salary Calculator. According to NACE this particular calculator is valuable because, “The calculator creates compensation values from datasets which are proprietary to Job Search Intelligence and are derived from U. S. Department of Labor, U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Census Bureau, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, [and the] U. S. Federal Reserve.”

The WPI Career Development Center (CDC) provides links to average salary resources through the Employer section of our website. To connect, visit “Salary Information” and view the most recent as well as historical data. Average salaries will be updated within the next few months with information from WPI’s class of 2010.

Major Highlight: Robotics Engineering

As the first university in the nation to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in robotics engineering, WPI continues to innovate with a rigorous curriculum that’s enriched by real-world projects.  Blending mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science, the Robotics Engineering is an increasingly valued interdisciplinary program.

WPI immerses students in the study of autonomous operations, sensing, and actuation—as well as such areas as artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language and speech understanding, wireless networking, propulsion, and nanotechnology.  With a broad set of skills, WPI employers can integrate Robotics Engineering majors into dynamic cross-system roles as well as within functional development teams.

In 2009, a WPI-based team won first place in NASA’s Regolith Competition. Even more impressive was that WPI had student or alumni present in the top 3 teams and it was the first time in three years that teams had matched the specifications required to qualify for cash prizes. These facts reaffirm the commitment of WPI graduates to producing tangible and meaningful results.

Robotics is one of the fastest growing areas of technology with numerous potential applications. With a focus on integrated systems, WPI Robotics Engineers will excel in many industries. From industrial robotics in the manufacturing sector, to prosthetics functioning via brain activity in health-care, applications of robotics technologies will continue to grow and impact society. 

Learn more about the remarkable WPI Robotics Engineering curriculum and the innovative student accomplishments that have been fostered through the WPI program. Host interviews on-campus and add Robotics Engineering majors to your job descriptions through the WPI Career Development Center.

WPI Career Fairs

The Career Development Center at WPI invites you to its annual Spring Career Fairs.  With the WPI Summer Internship & Job Fair and Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair around the corner, we hope to connect our bright and talented students, both seniors and underclassmen, with employers who are seeking to open positions beginning May, 2011.

WPI Summer Internship & Job Fair—February 17, 2011 – Harrington Auditorium

10:00 am-1:00 pm, Check In & Set up

Noon-2pm, Luncheon

1:00-5:00 pm, Career Fair

WPI Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair —March 24, 2011 – Campus Center Odeum

10:00 am-Noon, Check In & Set up

11:30 am, Luncheon

Noon-4:00 pm, Career Fair

For more information about the WPI Career Fairs please visit: will receive confirmation and an invoice within three business days after submitting your registration.

WPI Job Finder

Do you have job postings that fit WPI students? Post them on WPI’s JobFinder so that WPI students and alumni will apply. It’s free and easy to use!

JobFinder now has *NEW* Employer Profile features to help your company stand out. Take advantage of integrating social networking so that students can connect with you and engage with your company through a range of communication tools!


The WPI Career Development Center was rated a Top 20 Career Center in the US by the Princeton Review this year.

WPI Employer Partnership Opportunities

Participate and further your brand on campus by volunteering. Each of these programs is successful because of our employer and alumni participants. Email for more information.


October 26th-Begin “B-Term”

November 16th-“Mock Interview Day” at the WPI CDC

Help WPI students by hosting a brief interview and provide feedback.

December 16th-End “B-Term”

 January13th-Begin “C-Term”

February 9th-15th- Employer Resume Critiques






February 10th-How to Work a Career Fair

February 16th-Internship Panel

February 17th- WPI Summer Internship & Job Fair

March 24th- WPI Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair

 April 21st- Project Presentation Day


Our WPI-educated employees are noted for taking initiative and using resources to quickly gain a thorough understanding of complex scientific concepts, and can distill information to a wide range of people. Their experience in the natural sciences infused with engineering design is unique among our employees. These attributes are reflected in their maturity and professionalism: as employees, they’re a natural match for a rapidly evolving ophthalmic drug development firm.

Stuart Abelson

CEO, Ora, Inc.




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