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Student Perspective: Connecting with other intern and co-ops

This entry features guest writer, Brittany Niles, who is a junior chemical engineering student...

Connecting with other interns and co-ops can be very beneficial to your experience-both in and out of the office. How easy or enjoyable it is to connect varies greatly between companies. The number/type of interns, company environment, housing setup, and social opportunities all play a role. In any setting, building relationships with coworkers can improve your entire experience.

I have experienced two very different internship programs and benefited from building relationships with other interns in both. BP's Toledo Oil Refinery typically has four interns at a time. When I interned there last year, there were only three of us. We all sat in the same office and worked together on many assignments. This setup made it very easy for us to get to know each other quickly and establish lasting friendships. Work became more enjoyable, and … 

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Flu Season

With flu season approaching and the increased number of H1N1 cases (aka Swine Flu), ECS is taking precautionary measures to protect its staff, recruiters, and students from getting sick during the busy fall season. ECS has several staff members with compromised immunity, so we are making a concerted effort to keep our office as germ-free as possible. Employers have also expressed growing concern regarding the H1NI virus and the flu when arranging to visit campus for recruitment. This year, it's likely that many recruiters won't be shaking hands, in hopes of reducing the spread of germs. Don't be offended if someone doesn't want to shake hands.

Take simple precautions to keep yourself healthy during flu season...get your flu shot, get enough sleep, eat healthfully, drink plenty of water, take a multivitamin, wash your hands often (or use hand sanitizer), avoid contact with sick people, and avoid touching your nose/mouth … 

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Why a paper resume is still necessary

It seems today that everything is happening electronically. Many job applications require an electronic resume submission, including the ECS system. When it comes to your resume, however, don’t discredit the “old-fashioned” paper document. Taking the time to prepare a tidy, user-friendly paper copy of your resume will help you stand out as a well-prepared, professional candidate. And even when you submit a resume electronically, be sure to print out one copy to make sure you don’t have a one-line second page, a trailing blank page, or formatting issues that can eliminate you.

Be sure to follow employer instructions for submitting resumes for jobs. Here are situations in which it is ESSENTIAL to your success as a candidate to have a paper resume on hand.

Career Fairs
Employers collect resumes in order to decide which candidates to invite for interviews, whether later in the quarter or even for the very next … 

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ECS Welcomes New ECIP Advisor, Dan Lamone!

ECS has a new addition to our staff! Graduate student Dan Lamone has joined us as an advisor for the Engineering Co-op and Internship Program (ECIP). Dan is excited about his role, particularly the opportunity to help students find co-op and internship opportunities and succeed on the job. Dan completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering here at Ohio State and is now pursuing his Masters. He utilized ECS’ services as an undergraduate student and completed multiple internships both with the U.S. government and in the private sector. His internships also allowed him to gain experience recruiting and supervising engineering interns. Welcome to ECS, Dan!

"Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be."
-Marsha Petrie Sue

Authored by Rachel Kaschner.

Student Perspective: Advice for students considering an internship/co-op

This entry features guest writer, Michael Meade, who is a senior mechanical engineering student…

For those engineers out there trying to decide whether you should go forward with finding an internship or co-op, my advice is to put forth as much effort as possible in securing a position. I know that the job market right now is tough, but forward-thinking companies still take co-ops and interns because by giving people in our position experience, it keeps their pipelines of talent open for future jobs when the economy does recover. Not only will a co-op/internship give you a better chance of finding a job after college, but it will also help you learn things you will not get a chance to cover in an undergraduate degree.

I started my co-op rotations the summer after my freshman year which goes to show that you really can contribute to a company after just … 

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