Get Involved

We have many ways to get involved with SWE for both students and alumni. We offer a variety of committees and apprenticeships, and events for our alumni.

For Students

Our Fall 2021 Committee/Apprentice Applications are now open!
To learn more about each position, view role descriptions.
Apply by 09/17 at 11:59 PM PST!

Not sure which role to apply to? Try our "Which SWE Committee are you?" quiz.

For students, the best way to get involved in SWE at UC Berkeley is to become a general member, join a committee, or become an apprentice. In addition, we have a variety of social and professional events we host for students, as well as volunteering opportunities. Every month, we have a general meeting which is open to all students which serves as a great way to meet the officers and learn more about the SWE community. Officer positions open at the end of each semester for those who are interested in applying.

If you would like to join one of SWE's committees, check back in at the beginning of the semester for committee applications. Applications will be released after the first general meeting of the semester, which is Thursday, September 9th from 6-7pm in 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. More information about each committee can be found below.

To stay connected, check out our platforms below!

Our Platforms

Societal Committees

Officer: Sharicka Zutshi

Interested in politics, policy, and social justice? The Advocacy Committee is dedicated to bridging the gap between the scientific community and politics. The committee’s goal is to provide a platform for students in STEM and the broader campus community to interact with international and domestic policy issues.

This semester, we will focus on the implications of the 2020 elections, the COVID-19 pandemic, Identity politics, and the widening ideology gap in the United States. Under the advocacy committee, you will have the opportunity to hold events, learn about lobbying, and engage in public and individual advocacy. In previous semesters, we have collaborated with Vote co. to increase voter engagement, participated in a congressional outreach program in DC, held workshops to educate voters about policies such as the propositions, raised awareness about campus climate, and published policy spotlights. This semester, our tasks will entail running a Women in Policy speaker series, civic awareness workshops, and collaborating with campus organizations to raise awareness about pressing issues in policy.
Officer: Thena Guttieri

Are you passionate about gender equity and inclusion and want to take measures in tackling the challenges faced by women in STEM? Want to learn how to engage with your peers and professionals to advocate for a more inclusive environment? Apply to be a part of the Equity and Inclusion Committee! This would be an amazing opportunity for you to gain key communication and professional skills and more importantly, make the move towards creating a more inclusive environment for us all!
Officer: Andrea Palomo

The Mentorship Committee will help the Liaison organize Mentor/Mentee Kickoffs, guide the mentees to make productive use of all mentor sessions, and foster a attitude of communal growth. Mentorship hosts both the professional Mentorship and the SWEster program, and thus committee members will be responsible for managing the logistics, publicity, and personal relations of each event. You'll be emailing dozens of professional women in the Bay Area, and this is a fantastic opportunity to expand your network and learn more about what engineering looks like from your peers and beyond. If you're interested in supporting women in engineering, you're in the right place!
Officer: Leena Elzeiny

The Transfer Outreach committee is dedicated to supporting junior and senior transfers in Cal, and hosting events for this community. Transfer students often come with their own stories, so our mission is to help immerse transfer students into Berkeley, but also enrich Cal with their experiences. This semester, we hope to start an affiliated SWE section in a community college, as well as host events for the admitted transfer class of 2021. No experience required and you don't need to be a transfer student to apply--definitely looking for apprentices who will bring their unique and diverse ideas and perspectives!
Officers: Elle Tran & Lily Sai

The Public Relations Committee helps keep everyone informed about SWE’s events and opportunities. Members of the committee will be helping to create and facilitate weekly SWEmail, Facebook events and covers, flyers, and design workshops. Consider joining the PR Committee if you have an interest in design, communications, or anything public relations related! Experience with Adobe Illustrator or other relevant tools is preferred but not at all required.
Officer: Esther Shin

The Social Media Committee takes photos and videos of members and activities at SWE events (both online and in-person). This means maintaining photo albums and managing all SWE social media. There may be opportunities throughout the semester to create videos and work on our very own SWE Podcast! No experience is required.
Officer: Kuhu Sharma

Join SWE's web committee to help out with updating and maintaining our website and Piazza page! Our work will mainly consist of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Bootstrap elements. It'll be a great learning opportunity if you're interested in web development. A little experience is preferred, but everyone is encouraged to apply!
Officers: Phoebe Chang & Renee Francisco
Term: Fall and Spring

Team Tech is a national competition run by SWE and sponsored by Boeing in which a team at school works with an industry partner on a project. The company and project is of each team’s choosing. Teams are evaluated both on the end product quality and the ability of the team to work together. Project proposals may be submitted during the fall semester after which teams may begin their work. The final report is due at the end of the spring semester, and the presentations occur at the SWE fall conference.

Professional Committees

Officers: Joelle Siong Sin

The Shadow an Engineer program matches students to an externship over winter break with a company that matches their professional interests. Companies include Accenture Labs, Cisco Systems, TurnItIn, and more innovative companies in a range of fields! No experience required and snacks included! Roles include corporate relations, student relations, and public relations.
Officers: Hana Meroth & Kirthi Kumar
Term: Fall

EWI is our premier networking event, and last year, we hosted more than 130 of UC Berkeley's best and brightest engineering students to meet with companies from all different engineering disciplines. EWI connect employers to students on a more personal and professional level through a career fair and a sit-down dinner. Join the EWI committee!
Officers: Jennifer Zhou & Priya Sriram
Term: Fall

The Professional Development Month Committee is responsible for organizing Professional Development Month, a month long series of career development workshops (each partnered with an engineering company) aimed to prepare students seeking career experience. Committee members will be responsible for managing the logistics, publicity, and corporate relations of each event. We highly recommend this committee to anyone interested in event planning (you will be responsible for managing specific events as "day heads") and corporate relations!

Outreach Committees

Officer: Katherine Wang

Mini-University is a free event designed to encourage underserved high school students in the Bay Area to pursue careers in STEM. The event is open to all genders and will be held virtually this semester from March 8th to March 10th, lasting approximately two hours each day with hands-on engineering activities, faculty talks and student panels. If you are interested in helping to organize the event or in sharing your engineering experiences with high school students, please reach out to volunteer or join the Mini-U committee!
Officers: Anvisha Saxena & Manasi Gowda

SWENext aims to encourage high school females to explore STEM and consider a STEM career by helping them establish SWENext clubs at their high schools. We provide students with resources to help them navigate high school, college, and career planning. We also have a mentorship program that connects high schoolers with undergraduate mentors to advise, support, and inspire them to pursue their interests in STEM. Join SWENext committee to be part of a community that works with youth to increase representation in STEM fields! This year, we will be splitting into the following subcommittees: website development, mentorship, social media, activities, and SWENext Day (in the spring). If you are interested in any of the areas, please reach out to us to apply.
Officers: Jin Yu & Catherine Hwu

HSEP (High School Engineering Program) works to enrich high school students' understanding and range of experience with different engineering disciplines and inspire them to continue to pursue STEM in the future. This program is run online for 10 weeks on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM starting from September 12th (only the first meeting is Sunday) to November 20th for Fall 2021.
Officers: Elaine Qian & Kellie Chan

SWE++ is a 10 week course that aims to provide introductory programming skills to 30 local middle girls. The first 9 weeks covers an interactive curriculum in Scratch and Python that our teachers and volunteers create and teach. The final week of the course is a full day of coding and engineer workshops called Tech Day. Unlike the previous 9 weeks, Tech Day is open to up to 100 girls in the area, allowing more girls access to a hands-on experience with technology.
Officer: Jennifer Toy
Term: Fall

Engineering Day is a fun Halloween-themed outreach event in October for K-3rd graders. This event features various hands-on science activities for the students and their parents/guardians to try out themselves, exploring many science and engineering concepts. Due to the virtual setting of this year’s Engineering Day, around 50 students (as well as their chaperones) are expected, who will be able to follow along (at home) through the virtually guided activities.


Officer: Hadar Gamliel

Do you want an opportunity to get more involved in SWE by giving back to its members? Being an apprentice for the social committee allows you the opportunity to foster a stress-free environment, with guaranteed laughter and smiles. Help coordinate fun activities with the Membership Director. It is a great stepping stone into becoming a more active SWEster and be able to see a behind-the-scene glimpse in the planning process.
Officer: Kavya Marrapu

The Intersocietal Apprentice will help the Intersocietal Chair organize and implement creative social events for SWE and between other engineering organizations. The Intersocietal Apprentice and Intersocietal Chair will work together to foster an attitude of communal growth and work to maintain SWE’s social presence in the engineering community. Some events that the apprentice will be responsible for planning with the Chair will include the Professor’s Lunch, an intersocietal trivia night, and other fun intersocietal events, such as a potential DIY Boba Bar! This apprenticeship will be a great way to obtain invaluable event planning experience, while having fun and meeting fellow engineers, as well!

For Alumni

Alumnis posing together at brunch.
Group picture of current and graduated SWE members.

Our alumni go on to successful careers in all fields of engineering, and become role models and mentors for current undergraduate students. Alumni can stay in touch with UCB SWE through our alumni newsletter, our LinkedIn presence, and more. Alumni near Berkeley are also invited to the several alumni socials we hold each semester. In addition, many alumni choose to stay involved with the national Society of Women Engineers as professional members.

Sign up for the Alumni Newsletter

Check out the Alumni Mentorship Database

Become a National Member

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  • Discounts on SWE events and apparel
  • Ability to attend SWE National Conference
  • Ability to attend SWE Local Conferences
  • Access to Webinars
  • Applicable to apply to SWE scholarships
  • Strong network of women engineers from academia, government and industry, corporate representatives, government officials, etc.

Collegiate to Career (C2C)
For a one-time $50 payment, collegiate members can secure a SWE membership for their collegiate years through the first year they qualify for professional grade membership.
SWE Membership is available for $20 to college students majoring in engineering and must be renewed annually to obtain membership benefits.
Take advantage of a reduced joint membership rate when you join SWE and one of these three professional organizations: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).