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Gear up for fall recruitment! Part I: Know when you can work

As OSU approaches the change from quarters to semesters, it becomes increasingly important to plan out your availability for co-ops and internships so that you do not fall behind on your progress towards graduation. Additionally, engineering employers expect that students will be able to talk about their availability for work in the interview setting.

The 2011-12 school year will be the final year on a quarter schedule. Summer 2012 will be a transitional summer. There will still be opportunities to intern or co-op. However, students should be aware of the following:

0 The work term will be SHORT! 10 weeks only. Work term = June 11, 2012 – Aug 17, 2012

0 Employers will likely have to make special arrangements to accommodate OSU students

0 Students should expect to work for the ENTIRE summer. Your flexibility is critical.

0 Students should NOT be asked to skip finals or start classes late!!

After summer 2012, you will need to be thinking in terms of SEMESTERS of availability. Here is an example of the new possible work terms on a semester calendar:

0 AU 12 8/20/2012 – 1/4/2013 (20 weeks)

0 SP 13 1/7/2013 – 5/3/2013 (17 weeks)

0 SU 13 5/6/2013 – 8/16/2013 (15 weeks)

Graduation dates will change as well. Spring grads should list a graduation date of May, if graduating after the 2012 school year.

To make sure that you are prepared, talk to your academic advisor before you start your co-op or internship job search, so that they can help you assess how your progress towards graduation will be affected. Before your meeting, print a fresh Degree Audit Report from Buckeye Link. Double-check that your grad date is correct. Pick out the quarters/semesters that sound best to you for working so that your advisor has a better idea of what your plans might be. Start your job search for co-ops and summer internships in the FALL--don’t wait! Then, be sure to prepare to discuss your availability with employers during interviews!

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now."
-Alan Lakein

Authored by Rachel Ligman.