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November 2008

Did you know about student evaluations?

 

The Engineering Career Services office has a lot of great resources...maybe I am biased, but there are various magazines, handouts, student handbooks, etc. -all of which are available to help you with your job search. Student evaluations are also available. In 199 Hitchcock, you will find two large filing cabinets filled with your fellow engineering students' reviews of what it was like to work at their co-op or internship company.

 

 

Evaluations can be handy if you are simply trying to learn more about an employer...perhaps you are thinking about applying to a company or you have an upcoming interview. Evaluations are also beneficial after you have a job offer and are deciding whether or not to accept. Finding out what other engineering students thought about working at (insert company name here) will help you make a more informed decision.

 

 

 

"Learning is not … 

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Running out of work during your internship/co-op

When mid quarter evaluations are sent to students who are on a co-op or internship assignment, 95% of the responses are favorable for the learning experience both technically and professionally. However, there are those instances where students write back to me complaining that there is often “not enough” work to do. The reasons vary: supervisor travels and is very busy to monitor workloads or the project has ended or is at a point where testing is causing delays. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself with little engineering work to do while you’re at your co-op or internship, there are things you can do to improve this situation.

• First, I’d be sure to plan ahead and be sure to have regularly scheduled meeting times with your mentor/supervisor. Perhaps, this could be bi-weekly and if not available in person, utilize emails with agenda items and specific areas of interest … 

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