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February 2010

Advice for students thinking about internships and co-ops

This entry features guest writer, Geoff Sieron, who is a mechanical engineering student graduating this June. He's also President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at OSU, an AOSCH Liaison, a member of the Mortar Board Senior Class Honor Society, and Vice President of the Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Theta Epsilon...

If I could make one recommendation for every engineering student to do in college, it would be to obtain an internship or co-op. It's by far the most important activity (outside of the classroom) for students and will impact your college experience tremendously.

The first benefit of a co-op/internship is finding out if you're truly in the right field or not. In the classroom, we learn theories and equations and solve carefully crafted problems for a particular topic. When it comes to real world applications though, things are much different. When you co-op/intern, employers expect you to have … 

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2010 Job Shadow Program

Having trouble landing an internship or co-op position? Want the opportunity to have increased face time with employers that hire students in your major? Interested in learning more about your chosen field in a short period of time? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions...then you should participate in the 2010 OSU Engineering Job Shadow Program. The Job Shadow Program happens over OSU Spring Break week in various Ohio cities. There are 46 companies participating this year.

Here's how it works...


  1. Come into Engineering Career Services next week (Feb. 22-26) between 8:00am and 4:00pm to sign up. Job Shadow Coordinators will let you know what companies are interested in your major, where the shadows are located (all are in Ohio!), and what the companies do. Then you select the companies that you'd like to visit. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Since the shadows … 
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There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea!

This entry features ECS graduate advisor, Dan Lamone, who is also pursuing his masters degree in chemical engineering at OSU...

This week we would like to follow up with what Geoff Sieron discussed two weeks ago about expanding your job search -- and why.

Ever heard of Boeing? Dow Chemical? General Electric? General Motors? Exxon Mobil? As an engineer, chances are pretty solid that you have, because those companies are household names. They are industry leaders in their respective markets, are recognized globally and comfortably find themselves in the ‘Fortune 50' as the biggest fish in the sea. Their reputations attract the best and brightest engineers from all over the world and as such, they have a strong recruiting presence anywhere they go.

Although more than 60% of the Fortune 50 (largest corporations) hire through ECS, these companies represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of total engineering … 

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SWE Career Fair: Feb. 10th

Mark your calendars! The SWE Career Fair is only week away-on Wednesday, February 10th. The fair will be held in Ohio Stadium in the Huntington Club from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Contrary to popular belief...though the fair is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, it's not just for women-it's for anyone searching for an engineering internship, co-op, part-time, or full-time job! There are currently 87 companies planning to attend the fair. Check out all of the details here. Advanced copies of the programs will be on sale for $1 at the front desk of ECS, located in 220 Mason Hall from 9:00am-3:00pm, Feb. 3rd through Feb. 9th.

Don't skip this event even if you didn't have positive results at EXPO. Consider attending a Career Fair Success workshop to maximize your efforts -see your job search account under "Events" for details!


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