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June 2014

Just how important are internships and co-ops?

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 … 
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Cool Co-op Project: Honda Fuel-Lid Cover

Today’s post is written by mechanical engineering student, Brian Huey.  Brian is sharing the cool project he worked on while co-oping at Honda of America Manufacturing.  

During the summer and fall of 2013 I worked for Honda of America Mfg at the Honda mother plant (MAP) in Marysville, Ohio. I spent a total of 7+ months working as a Co-op at Honda as a quality engineer. I had responsibilities for parts that went on the 1900 cars produced per day. This experience was very rewarding and surreal because I was given this much responsibility, but my most important accomplishment was the development of an idea that would improve the assembly process at MAP. This idea was to create a cover for the one part of the car body that was uncovered as it went through the assembly line, the fuel-lid. This idea was developed once I noticed the amount … 

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