by Katy Arenschield | June 27, 2014
I recently asked a third-year engineering student what she is doing this summer. Her response? “What do you mean? I worked hard all year long on my grades. I earned a 3.5 GPA! I deserve a break. My summer is all about rest and relaxation.”
Unfortunately for this student, her “rest and relaxation” will almost certainly hurt her in the long run professionally. The days are gone where a high GPA is all you need to be prepared in your field and get a job upon graduation.
Just a few quick stats about the advantages to having co-ops or internships:
- Your competition has it: Last year, 83% of OSU grads with firm plans at graduation had a co-op or internship.
- Potential job offer: Approximately 50% of students who intern/co-op accept positions with their intern/co-op employer upon graduation.
- Higher starting salary: OSU engineering graduated in 2013 who …