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October 2019

Intern/Co-op FAQs: Part One

Our staff spends quite a bit of time visiting engineering survey courses to introduce first year students to our office and services. During a few recent presentations we collected questions and this blog is the first of a two-part series addressing some of the frequently asked questions.

Is it reasonable to want to wait a year before beginning the search for a co-op/ internship?

Yes! Adjusting to academics at the university, understanding time management, and getting involved on campus takes time. While some companies may hire first year students, we find that most of our employers begin active recruitment with sophomore and junior students. That said, it can be a good idea to visit career fairs and networking events to understand the process before having the pressure of the job search to contend with.

How does a co-op/ internship during the school year affect financial aid, student status, and graduation … 

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2019 Employer of the Year: LyondellBasell

Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.

“The co-op term was my highest point in my life so far.”

Wow. Let that sink in for a second. This quote came from an OSU engineering student who co-oped at LyondellBasell last year. While internships and co-ops are often referred to as “impactful”, “a great learning experience” or even “career changing”, it’s rare you hear someone say it was the highest point in their life. It was based on this statement and other testimonials that LyondellBasell was named the ECS 2019 Employer of the Year. Read below to learn what made this company stand out in the words of the three students who nominated them for the award.  

How did this experience help your personal and professional growth?

I was able to interact with like-minded individuals that were recruited by a fantastic University Recruiting … 

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How to Create a Portfolio

Think of a portfolio as a supplemental tool to use during your job/academic search. It shouldn’t take the place of a resume or cover letter, but an effective portfolio can help show off your skills and projects in a way that just can’t be matched by a resume alone. A portfolio is typically a website (digital) or .pdf (print) file that provides examples of your work and projects. The best portfolios show a little bit about you and a lot about the projects and work that you want to highlight for employers.

Reasons for Creating a Portfolio

A portfolio does a few things, it a.) provides visual proof of your talents and contributions to potential employers, b.) helps you stand out from the competition – not everybody thinks to do one, and c.) allows you to market yourself professionally.

Simply put, a strong portfolio allows employers to visually … 

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Making an Impact at NASA

Each year, ECS puts out a call to our intern/co-op supervisors encouraging them to nominate outstanding Ohio State engineering students for our Student Impact Award. This is an annual distinction given to a student who made an exemplary and unparalleled impact on a company during their stay as a co-op or intern. This past year, 23 students were nominated for the award. Congrats to our two winners: Mikala Malkus, who worked at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Ben Kott, who worked at NASA Glenn Research Center.

Mikala Malkus will be graduating with her B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering this upcoming May and then will be going on to pursue her M.S. in that same field with a graduation date of May 2021. Below are two quotes from her supervisor:

What impact did this student have on your organization?   

Mikala's capabilities allowed her to take … 

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Introducing the International Student Job Search EGuide

From understanding work authorization to cultural norms, the job search can be difficult to navigate as an international student. That is why Engineering Career Services created the International Student Job Search EGuide located in Handshake under “Career Center” > “Resources”. Gather advice from start to finish as you pursue your career goals (bonus: the Eguide will be upgraded to a more visual, user-friendly version this spring). Here are a few sections to expect as you read through the guide:

Work Authorization Options

Learn the difference between work authorization types including OPT, CPT, H-1B Visa and J-1, along with the restrictions associated with each one.

Networking Tips

Practice networking strategies to build connections and confidence. Learn about programs such as the English Conversation Program and Global Engagement, offering an introduction to building relationships on campus.

Strategies for the U.S. Job Market

Develop a plan to create your resume, discover … 

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