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Troops to Engineers Program

The Troops to Engineers (T2E) Program is a unique program currently offered only at SDSU for veterans students in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs. This program provides custom career assistance for students seeking to improve their professional development skills, find paid internships and secure an engineering specific job upon graduation from SDSU. The T2E Program is funded by Boeing and Northrop Grumman, and has been successfully growing since 2011. Students who participate are provided with exclusive support opportunities including: professional networking events, interview preparation, resume building, recruiting events, student tours at engineering facilities, mentoring, tutoring, connecting with SDSU and T2E engineering Alumni and many more. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]

 

Program Overview

 

GOAL: Troops to Engineers Program (T2E) at SDSU aims to place 100% of program participants into a paid internship while enrolled at SDSU and into a full-time position upon graduation. 

MISSION: SDSU Troops to Engineers Program (T2E) supports the career development of student veterans majoring in engineering and computer science. To ensure the continued success of veterans in our community, T2E has implemented a Jr. Troops to Engineers (Jr. T2E) chapter. Jr. T2E supports the pipeline of local community college student veterans with an engineering or computer science focus seeking to transfer into SDSU.

VALUES:  Ingenuity | Community | Diversity | Quality

The following criteria must be met in order to participate in the Troops to Engineers Program:

  • Must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces 
  • Be a current SDSU student
  • Declared or pre-major in engineering or computer science
  • Must be in good academic standing (encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.0+) 
  • Security clearance (optional)

Please note: Active duty service members who are currently transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces should begin by applying to SDSU admission. Please visit the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center to review information on military - connected admissions.

The Troops to Engineers Program provides assistance with the following:

  • Paid internship (actively participating T2E students) 
  • Job opportunities (actively participating T2E students and recent grads)
  • Exclusive networking events 
  • Exclusive tours of engineering companies 
  • Professional development and career enhancing events

In order to get started, eligible participants must complete the following steps:

  1. SDSU Admissions - Apply for admissions to SDSU. For more information on admissions for military - connected students, please visit the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center

  2. Registration - Upon acceptance into SDSU, participants will need to complete the Troops to Engineers Inquiry Form. Once your eligibility is determined, a T2E team member will reach out to you to schedule a one one one orientation appointment. 

    [Due to pandemic restrictions, the Troops to Engineers Program staff is teleworking. All connections, contacts and program events will be conducted virtually.

  3. Orientation - A one on one meeting with a T2E program coordinator is required (to go over program details and information. You will also be asked to complete the Troops to Engineers Program Intake form and submit an updated resume. 

  4. Participation - Active program participation is required in order to remain eligible for program benefits (i.e. professional development workshops, networking events, career fairs, etc.).

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No.  You must first be admitted into SDSU in order to participate in the T2E Program.
No.  You must be a current SDSU student in order to participate in the T2E Program.
Yes.  The Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who meet all other eligibility criteria.
No. Currently, the Troops to Engineers Program is only available to SDSU student veterans with a declared engineering major.
No. Currently, the Troops to Engineers Program is only available to SDSU student veterans with a declared engineering major.
No. Currently, the Troops to Engineers Program is only available to SDSU student veterans with a declared engineering major.
No, having a security clearance is optional.  However, many employers prefer candidates with an active security clearance.

We are currently welcoming student veterans enrolled in the local community colleges to actively participate in the Jr. Troops to Engineers Chapter (Jr. T2E).  Jr. T2E is a new supportive element of the SDSU Troops to Engineers Program (T2E), designed specifically to support student veterans with engineering or computer science course focus, seeking to transfer into SDSU.

At SDSU Troops to Engineers Program, we believe providing student veterans early support and exposure to the engineering industry increases the likelihood of a student veteran’s educational success and ability to build a supportive network. 

Jr. T2E participants can benefit from being in early contact with their engineering peers at SDSU which can provide them with support and enable them to stay motivated to transfer from community college into SDSU. Participants of Jr. T2E are invited to partake in most of our virtual events where they can benefit from our network of industry professionals and career enhancing events.  

[Participating in SDSU Troops to Engineers Program or Jr. Troops to Engineers Chapter does not guarantee you admission into SDSU. It also does not guarantee obtaining an internship or job offer.]

The following criteria must be met in order to participate in the Jr. Troops to Engineers Chapter:

  • Must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces 
  • Current student enrolled in a local community college
  • Engineering or computer science course focused
  • Must be in good academic standing (encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.0+)
  • Security clearance (optional)

Please note: Active duty service members who are currently transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in applying to SDSU, visit the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center to review information on military - connected admissions.

In order to get started, eligible participants must complete the following steps:

1. Currently enrolled in a local community college

2. Registration - Participants will need to complete the Jr. Troops to Engineers Chapter Inquiry Form. Once your eligibility is determined, a T2E team member will reach out to you to schedule a one one one orientation appointment. 

[Due to pandemic restrictions, the Troops to Engineers Program staff is teleworking. All connections, contacts and program events will be conducted virtually.

3. Orientation - A one on one meeting with a T2E program coordinator is required (to go over program details and information. You will also be asked to complete the Jr. Troops to Engineers Program Intake form and submit an updated resume. 

4. Participation - Active program participation is required in order to remain eligible for program benefits (i.e. professional development workshops, networking events, career fairs, etc.).

If you are interested in applying to SDSU, please visit the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center to review more information on military-connected admissions.

Troops to Engineers Sponsors

Troops to Engineers has been successfully providing programmatic support for over a decade to our SDSU student veteran engineers. Troops to Engineers is 100% philanthropically funded. Consider making a gift. Your support will enable the continuance of preparing student veterans engineers to get equipped with the tools they need to enter the workforce successfully.

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We would like to thank the following past and present sponsors for their continued support of the Troops to Engineers Program: