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Get Connected

Welcome Longhorns! A diverse range of networking opportunities awaits you within our community, whether you’re a student eager to engage with peers or an alum looking to broaden your professional connections.  

Each of the UT community offerings presented below incorporates online elements, allowing access to networking opportunities normally reserved for on-campus students and local alumni. From career mentorship to honor societies, you can grow your network and enrich your life during and after your time at The University of Texas at Austin.  

Opportunities for Students 

Networking is one of the best ways to find new career paths. Below are networking opportunities available to all students in our 100% online mechanical engineering programs. 


To explore student organizations, check out HornsLink. Through the platform, students can join various affiliations, including fraternities, sororities, honor societies and clubs. Austin locals can also discover events and service opportunities.  


The Longhorn Impact Fellowship at Texas (LIFT) sustainability consulting program offers UT Austin juniors, seniors and graduate students the chance to collaborate with corporations and nonprofits to solve sustainability challenges, including those related to: 

  • Sustainability 
  • Corporate philanthropy 
  • Impact/ESG investing 
  • Social and environmental innovation 

New projects are available every semester, and scholarships are available to select students. Throughout their experience, students receive support from Global Sustainability Leadership Institute workshops, peer advisors and professional consultant partners.  

Career Development Workshops 

UT Austin also offers interactive workshops geared toward professional and career development. Our workshops, many of which are virtual, provide evidence-based resources that can help you stay competitive in today’s job market. For example, a networking workshop could teach you how to better identify and approach potential professional contacts. Attend one of our workshops to boost your professional skills and connect with others who have similar backgrounds.  

Opportunities for Students and Alumni  

UT Austin’s extensive resources are accessible to students and graduates of our 100% online mechanical engineering programs. Below are networking opportunities available to current students and alumni.   


HookedIn, UT Austin’s official social networking platform, will connect you with a global community of faculty, industry professionals and our University’s over 570,000 alumni.  

HookedIn offers numerous professional development resources to anyone seeking mentorship, career advice or job opportunities. Download HookedIn to become part of a thriving network of Longhorns helping Longhorns.  


HireUTexas, powered by Handshake, is an all-inclusive job board exclusive to UT Austin students and alumni. Whether you’re looking for part-time work, internships or full-time positions, HireUTexas offers access to diverse employment opportunities. Explore job listings and stay updated on events hosted by employers.  


LinkedIn is ideal for connecting with professionals across various industries, particularly those relevant to your career goals. Students and alumni can leverage the Cockrell School of Engineering Group, boasting over 7,000 members. Graduates are always welcome in the 12,000-member UT Austin Alumni Group. Additionally, groups like ASME at UT Austin offer further networking opportunities. 

Get Out There and Mingle 

Extending a virtual handshake to strangers can feel uncomfortable at first, but everyone has to start somewhere. Networking has the potential to open doors you never knew existed and connect you with people who could profoundly impact your personal and professional journey. So, don’t be afraid. Attend virtual events, join groups and strike up conversations. You never know when an opportunity is going to present itself or when you’ll make a career-altering, life-changing connection.  

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