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October 2018

My Cool Co-op with Battelle: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Adam Jacobowitz and the team at Battelle Memorial InstituteAdam Jacobwitz and NeuroLife project team at Battelle Memorial Institute

Each year, ECS hosts our Cool Co-op Contest, and a winner is chosen in each of the following categories: Perk, People, and Projects. Last year, Biomedical Engineering student Adam Jacobowitz won the Project contest for his incredible experience working on the NeuroLife project at Battelle Memorial Institute.  Below, he describes what made his internship so unique and special.

In the interview, I remember saying “sci-fi” so many times that to this day, two years later, I’m still surprised I was selected for the NeuroLife intern position at Battelle. To me, as an outsider, the work that was being done on the NeuroLife project at Battelle Memorial Institute looked like it really did come straight out of a science fiction movie. The NeuroLife project is a joint study between Battelle and the Ohio State Medical Center that allows a quadriplegic … 

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Spotlight on DePuy Synthes: Employer of the Year

Photo of Engineering Career Services staff presenting the award to DePuy Synthes representatives.DePuy Synthes accepting the Employer of the Year Award from Engineering Career Services.

Each year, ECS formally recognizes employers providing our students with outstanding and unique experiences through the student-nominated honor of “Employer of the Year.” A winner is determined based on the student’s written nomination and the company’s recruitment and hiring activities.

The 2018 Employer of the Year goes to DePuy Synthes!

Below are excerpts of the nomination submitted by Biomedical Engineering student Kaleb Cantrell, who completed multiple co-op rotations with the organization.

 “At the beginning of my work term, I was assigned an engineer as my mentor. The mentor took me under his wing, and allowed me to join in and assist him on the projects he was working on. This included weekly meetings, walking me through step by step on terminology I did not understand in meetings, and taking the time to make sure I … 

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You're an Engineer. Why Would You Want to be in Sales?

Photo of guest blog writer, Kevin Parker

This week’s blog is written by Kevin L. Parker, Regional Sales & Marketing Operations Manager for Rockwell Automation, Inc. and 2011 Ohio State B.S. Mechanical Engineering Alum. 

"You're an Engineer. Why would you want to be in sales?" I’ll never forget my mom asking me that question. I understood where she was coming from. She’s the one who had to listen to me complain about the busy weeks and all-nighters (usually self-inflicted) that came with engineering. To her, it seemed like a waste of a technical degree. If that’s the direction I wanted to take, why wouldn’t I have pursued a business degree? In actuality, I considered that at one point but Scott Lab was pretty cool and new at the time, plus we had motorcycle parking right in front! What my mom failed to recognize then, were the experiences and career opportunities that come with technical sales. She has … 

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Benefits Other Than Salary

According to Glassdoor.com, nearly 3 in 5 people report benefits and perks being among their top considerations before accepting a job. Make sure you’re getting the best possible package by researching, asking questions, and discussing the details prior to accepting any position. Below are a few benefits that you should thoroughly review and understand:

Vacation

Some employers may grant all vacation days at the beginning of the year and allow the employee to use them as needed. However, some employers will offer an accrued vacation plan. The accrued plan is set up so that the employee earns a specific number of vacation hours toward their total vacation time per pay period.

Insurance Premium

The amount you pay for your health insurance every pay period. In addition to your premium, you usually have to pay other costs for your health care, such as deductibles and copayments. When shopping for a … 

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Staffing Agencies and Third-Party Recruiters

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Student’s Guide to Working with Staffing Agencies and other Third-Party Recruiters.”

NACE defines third-party recruiters as “agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs.” There are several different categories of third-party recruiters, including employment/ staffing agencies, contract recruiters, and resume referral firms. Ohio State career services offices work with third-party recruiters but require that these firms adhere to our policies before posting positions.

Employment/Staffing Agencies

Employment agencies list positions for a number of organizations and receive payment from the hiring organization when a referred candidate is hired. They often do not have an exclusive contract to place an individual in a role with a client organization. Campus and online job boards may include job postings from employment agencies or staffing firms, along with postings directly from … 

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