Tech Engineering Career Institute - FAQs

Tech Engineering Career Institute - FAQ

What should I expect with moving, room, and board?

Move in before the crowds arrive at no cost to you. Fees for early move in and your meals - until your regular meal plan begins - will be covered by the College of Engineering. NTECI early move in is on August 16. 

ALL STUDENTS must complete the Move In Time Sign-Up in the University Housing portal in MyRED, which opens typically mid-summer. Remember, to participate in NTECI, we need you to select a move in time anytime on August 16. This will override your housing assignment's scheduled move-in.

Any questions relating to NTECI move-in should be directed to Jen Skidmore and not the UNL University Housing office.

What is ENGR 20?

  • The Engineering Sophomore Seminar, ENGR 20, is required of all students in the College of Engineering in Lincoln (except Computer Science). The course outcomes include crafting a quality resume, understanding what opportunities help a student build experience, building interview and networking skills, learning about career resources on campus, and understanding how to search for a job. Most students take it in fall of their sophomore year, but students in the Institute will gain credit a full year in advance and will be prepared far earlier than many of their peers to take on the internship and job search.
  • The course is 0 credit hours, so it does not carry tuition or fees. Grading for the course is Pass/No Pass; the grade will not impact your GPA, but will appear on your transcript.
  • Computer Science students may receive credit for this course, which will appear on your transcript. The course is not required for your major. However, the benefits of the program overall are highly beneficial to students of all majors! The course credit is a bonus, and again, employers will see it on your transcript.
  • You do not need to register for this course yourself. You will be manually enrolled in a hidden section of ENGR 20 by College of Engineering staff for your first fall term at UNL. The course will not have a meeting date or time on the course schedule.

What do I need to do for NUBE?

NTECI requires full participation in the NUBE Experience. We ask that you complete the registration form for the NUBE Experience.

What if I have a conflict with part of NTECI?

Attendance is required at all NTECI sessions. If you anticipate a minor conflict with the program (such as something that would only take you away from the program for an hour or two maximum), NTECI staff will work with you to accommodate your schedule. However, these conflicts must be minor and not preclude you from a full day of the program.

Conflicts such as Sorority Recruitment, ROTC, and Marching Band could be major conflicts. These events will require your full participation each day, so are in direct conflict with all or most of NTECI unfortunately. Please reach out to Jen with questions about other specific conflicts so we can determine if you'll still be able to participate.

What if I choose to change my major?

NTECI is geared toward students in software engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. The Institute is a great way to learn more in-depth about careers in these areas, and you may find this is a great opportunity to help you narrow down your major! The Engineering Career Services team and your academic advisor are excellent resources if you're still not totally sure about your major.

We acknowledge that students may change majors or career paths later in their undergraduate career, but the expectation of this program is students intend to pursue a technology career at the time of the program.

What is the cost to participate?

There is no cost associated with participation in the Institute! We will cover the cost of early move in as well as meals until your regular meal plan begins. You will need to get yourself to NTECI in whatever way is cost-efficient for you, and we will take it from there.

One other financial consideration for you to weigh is ensuring you have some professional and business casual clothing for the institute and the two fall events. While we do expect you to wear business casual and professional clothing for these events, we also highly encourage you to use your time over the summer to plan for the Institute by thrifting clothes, visiting second-hand shops, asking your network for hand-me-downs, using career closets in your area, or otherwise finding discounts, sales, and clearances to get some items of clothing that will help you feel confident at the Institute. A bonus is that you'll have a wardrobe prepared for the fall career fair and any interviews you land! See more information below in "What will I be expected to wear?"

What will I be expected to wear?

We will send you details on what to wear each day closer to the date. You should plan to have a couple of days worth of business casual clothing and shoes for the week, and a day of business professional attire for later in the semester. You will have the opportunity to wear casual clothing at certain points. Please do not feel you need to purchase a whole new wardrobe for the Institute.

While we do expect you to wear business casual and professional clothing for these events, we highly encourage you to use your time over the summer to plan for the Institute by thrifting clothes, visiting second-hand shops, asking your network for hand-me-downs, using career closets in your area, or otherwise finding discounts, sales, and clearances to get some items of clothing that will help you feel confident at the Institute. A bonus is that you'll have a wardrobe prepared for the fall career fair and any interviews you land!

TIP: Your culture, religion, and gender identity might influence your choice of business attire. We encourage you to incorporate those elements into your business wardrobe.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL

Business Professional is the standard dress code for a job or internship interview. We may also ask you to wear business professional for some of the Institute events that involve our employers, so you can look professional and feel confident. Here are some attire tips and suggestions:

  • Skirt suit (preferably a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
  • Pantsuit (preferably a dark color), which includes tailored pants and a jacket.
  • Two-piece, single-breasted suit (preferably a dark color and solid and/or conservative pinstripes).
  • White dress shirt with a white undershirt underneath and a conservative tie.
  • Solid (or subtle-patterned) blouse or top.
  • Dark, polished shoes and matching socks.
  • Closed-toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels.
  • Conservative and minimal jewelry.
  • Subtle make-up, clean haircut/style, and trimmed facial hair.

BUSINESS CASUAL

Most Institute days and events will ask you to wear business casual. Business Casual is often the dress code in many offices. While this type of attire is too casual for a formal job interview, it is often worn at some networking events and to make a positive professional impression. Business casual may include:

  • Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with pants or a knee-length skirt.
  • Simple, knee-length dress.
  • Collared button-up shirt with a white undershirt underneath, or a collared knit polo shirt.
  • Dark pants or khakis.
  • Closed-toed shoes (no flip flops).
  • Subtle make-up and avoid perfumes/body sprays.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING ATTIRE:

  • Jeans, shorts, or casual sundresses.
  • Clothing with holes or rips.
  • Athletic clothing or sneakers.
  • Clothing too tight or revealing.
  • Wrinkled or inappropriate images.

What should I bring?

  • A positive attitude, enthusiasm, and openness to learning and participating
  • Notebook or notepad
  • Something to write with
  • A laptop or tablet if you have one
  • A digital copy of your most up-to-date resume, if you have one (It's okay if you don't! We'll work on this together)
  • A bag to carry your belongings each day, preferably more professional than a backpack (a tote bag or work bag is a great idea, but not required)