Preparing for a STEM Career

STEM-related Careers | College Scholarships | STEM Education Tools
STEM Blogs | STEM Education Programs & Internships


U.S. News and World Report cites the growth of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and, more importantly, the need for quality STEM education to prepare students to work in STEM-related fields.

Below are educational resources compiled by the Florida Energy Forum to assist students and teachers interested in STEM-related fields (The Florida Energy Forum does not endorse nor recommend any of the programs or services. The information on this page is being provided for informational purposes only).


STEM-related Careers

There are of two ways to look at STEM-related careers. First, you have careers that directly utilize STEM skills (e.g., science, technology, engineering and math). Secondly, there are careers in fields at STEM-related companies that may not directly involve STEM skills. For example, in the oil and natural gas industry, STEM-related careers may include petroleum engineers, geologists and chemists. However, there are many jobs that do not require traditional STEM skills, such as finance, marketing, administration, pipefitting, welding, trucking, construction, etc. The resources below contain more information:

Women and Minorities in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
A vast opportunity exists for the oil and natural gas industry to attract, retain, and develop life long careers for women and minorities.

U.S News and World Report – STEM Jobs
See how U.S. News and World Report ranks jobs, and take a look at what the STEM industry really looks like.

ShaleNET is your link to oil and gas industry training and education opportunities. Are you interested in a job or career in the oil and gas industry? 

Bureau of Labor and Statistics – STEM Career Outlook
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics tracks a variety of STEM-related careers.

College Scholarships

Below are scholarships available for college students. Please take careful note of application deadlines.

Florida Engineering Society
The Florida Engineering Society scholarships are generously funded by the Florida Engineering Foundation, Inc. (FEF). Established in 1986, FEF is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit entity whose mission is to encourage and assist students in pursuing engineering careers and to educate the public about engineering.

Dr. Abdus Saleem Family Scholarship
Each year, five scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership experience and volunteer service.

Davidson Fellow Scholarship
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work.

NSHSS Foundation STEM Scholarship
The NSHSS Foundation provides STEM scholarships for underrepresented groups in order to help reduce financial barriers for those with academic and leadership potential and the desire to pursue STEM careers.

U.S. Department of Defense, the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation Scholarships
A scholarship is considered by ASME to be a grant made to a student to enable or assist the student in pursuing an educational program in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships
SWE Scholarships support women pursuing ABET-accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States and Mexico.

STEM Educational Tools

Energy IQ Quiz
How much do you really know about energy? Some facts may surprise you!

eGFI evolved from the name of the first 3 editions of the magazine, Engineering, Go For It!. Today, eGFI refers to several integrated components of the eGFI brand: the new interactive eGFI website, the 5th edition of the eGFI magazine, the teacher and student e-newsletters and eGFI poster, flash cards and kids' book.

Energize Your Future
Educational information for middle and high school students and teachers to learn more about the exciting world of energy. (Shell Oil Company)

HowStuffWorks - Science
HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. From there, we quickly grew into an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works. HowStuffWorks Science explores the natural world, engineering, space, military technology, physics and even supernatural phenomena.

NASA STEM Education for Students
The Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (CoSTEM) was established in 2011 to coordinate federal programs and activities supporting STEM education.

Classroom Energy
Classroom Energy! was created to provide useful and funreal-word information on a key component of our everyday lives: energy.

STEM Blogs


STEM Educational Programs and Internships

Below is a list of STEM-related educational programs and internships. Please take note of program and application dates.

  1. Florida State University— Young Scholars Program
  2. FSU Panama City- STEM Institute Summer Camps
  3. Florida International University— Miami PREP Summer Stem Program
  4. University of Florida— Student Science Training Program
  5. University of Florida – Science Quest
  6. University of West Florida – EXPLORE Summer Camps
  7. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University— Summer Academy
  8. Florida Institute of Technology – Marine and Environmental Science Summer Camps
  9. University of Miami— Summer Scholars Program
  10. University of South Florida—Stem for Scholars
  11. University of Central Florida—Camp Connect
  12. University of Central Florida—Stem Day
  13. Florida Atlantic Universtiy—Fundamentals of Engineering
  14. The National Flight Academy (NFA)—Pensacola STEM Challenge
  15. The National Flight Academy (NFA)—Ambition Program
  16. Engineering Minds—Summer Workshops
  17. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and WFSU—SciGirls Camp
  18. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—Summer Camp
  19. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory—Summer Internships
  20. Hillsborough Community College—FLATE Engineering and Robotics Summer Camps