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2013

View from the front desk: Tips for obtaining a summer internship

One of the most common questions I receive at the front desk this time of year is “Can I still get a summer internship?” The answer is yes, of course—a qualified yes.

There are always companies recruiting for summer right up until it starts. You just have to look a little harder to find those opportunities. While the last day for on-campus recruiting with ECS is the week before finals, there are job postings listed all year long.

Some tips for a late search:

  • Think outside the box! Look at small and mid-sized companies. Sometimes the best jobs aren’t with the big names.
  • Make sure you are applying to enough job postings!  Applying to only one or two job postings does not give you good odds.  ECS recommends that you put in approximately 30 applications a semester, and even then getting an interview is never guaranteed. That may seem … 
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Why should you check out Glassdoor.com?

 

Why Should You Check Out Glassdoor.com?

Do you ever wish that you could be a fly on the wall during someone else’s interview with your dream company? You know, get an “insider look” as to what to expect? With Glassdoor.com, you can accomplish just that (sort of)!

Glassdoor is a career-focused website that is a great addition to your arsenal of interview prep materials. While it provides the basics similar to other career sites, such as job listings and company profiles, it also gives you a peek into what an actual interview with a company is like, what employees think of working there, or how much employees actually get paid. It compiles all of this information through its unique sign-up process. Before you have access to the plethora of material, you must first create an account using your email address (or you can sign in with Facebook) … 

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Co-op Words of Wisdom

Today’s post is written by Katherine Waidelich. Katherine is majoring in mechanical engineering; she is also the Treasurer of the engineering internship and co-op honorary, Kappa Theta Epsilon.  Katherine has worked at Marathon Petroleum Company and atGrundfos / Peerless Pump Company.  Today she is sharing what she’s learned from co-oping.

Co-oping has been a great experience for me as a student and as a young professional.  It has allowed me to learn more about the ins and outs of what an engineer does on a typical workday.  I’ve worked with two companies while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

On my first day of the job I did what everyone fears… I overslept and showed up late.  Making the wrong first impression was definitely a learning experience for me.  There is hope though!  If you make a mistake at work (which at some point—you … 

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Internships & Co-ops: Welcome the Unexpected!

Today’s post is written by Nick Lazar.  Nick is a senior, graduating this spring in mechanical engineering.  Nick is the President of Kappa Theta Epsilon, the engineering internship and co-op honorary.  He has worked at Lexmark, GE Lighting, and Cameron International.  Today he is sharing his experience from his most recent internship.

My summer internship with Cameron International in City of Industry, California was an amazing experience. Cameron is a Fortune 500 company that deals predominantly with oil and energy, but the plant where I was working dealt primarily with measurement systems and instrumentation.

Coming into the summer, I expected to be performing supply chain oriented work in more of an industrial engineering capacity.  Instead, I was put into a role that dealt with electrical and nuclear engineering, specifically the testing of electronic components.  The change in my role was intimidating at first, but I'm … 

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Why you should consider companies you’ve never heard of

Today's post is written by Amy Thaci, ECS Director, and Rachel Kaschner, ECS Student Services Manager.

Not all companies have the brand recognition that corporations like General Electric or Nestle do—in fact, most do not!  We’re more likely to be familiar with large companies (and their brands) that sell consumer products—we know that GE for one, produces light bulbs and that Nestle makes chocolate!

Therefore it is only natural for students to flock to these types of companies at a job fair or when perusing job postings. But how about trying out the companies who aren’t so well known? If you are interested in a particular industry, you don’t necessarily have to work at the “big name” company that delivers the actual product, you can get equally valuable experience by working for a supplier to those major industries. 

Large companies like a P&G or Honda won’t always have … 

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