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Employer Perspective: How to Stand Out in an Internship or Co-op

This week’s blog is written by Mike Snyder, Chief Engineer at Made In Space Inc.  Mike supervised OSU student Howard Schulman and then nominated him for our 2017 Student Impact Award.  The nomination letter stood out among the rest, and Howard was named one of our winners. Mike knows what it takes to be an exceptional intern, and is sharing his feedback and advice below. 

First of all, tell us a little bit about your company.

Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) is the world’s only experienced space manufacturing company. Established in 2010, and with offices in Florida, California, and Alabama, MIS leverages the unique properties of the space environment to develop manufacturing solutions for commercial, industrial, research, and defense challenges. The company’s vision is to enable the future of space exploration by offering off-Earth manufacturing capabilities.

In the recruiting process, what stands out to you most when … 

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Spotlight on Jordan Lucki, American Society of Engineering Education's Student Intern of the Year

Photo of Jordan Lucki and Katy Arenschield holding the ASEE Student Intern of the Year Award plaqueJordan Lucki and Katy Arenschield, ECS Co-op and Intern Program Manager

How cool would it be to be recognized as “Intern of the Year” by a national engineering organization? This recognition includes being flown to attend a conference luncheon and reception, being awarded in front of a room full of engineering education professionals and employers, and given a hefty cash prize to top it off. Just ask Jordan Lucki, recent Chemical engineering grad and recipient of the 2018 Intern of the Year Award from the American Society of Engineering Education.

Jordan volunteered as a Career Fair Coach with ECS this past fall, putting him on the radar of ECS’s Co-op and Internship Program Manager, Katy Arenschield.  His commitment to give back to the college and community and his impressive resume made him an obvious choice for nomination for this award.  The nomination packet included a letter of support … 

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Requesting a Deadline Extension

You just received a job offer from a company. They were a good company, however, you have an interview coming up with another employer. You want to interview to see which position is the best fit for you, but you need to respond to your original offer before the interview. How do you approach the situation?

Managing offer deadlines can be a tricky part of the search process and requesting a deadline extension might be an option. Make sure you understand when you are likely to hear back from other companies, so you have a firm timeline for how long you will need. While it may seem impossible to navigate without hurting your chances with a company, there are some steps to help you with the process.

1. Call the person who issued your offer well in advance of your deadline. Calling is usually better than emailing in this situation … 

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Employer Perspective: Using LinkedIn Effectively

We are joined once again by several recruiters with CoverMyMeds offering advice for your LinkedIn strategy.

What are the essential elements of a LinkedIn Profile?

  • Include a picture! Profiles without a picture seem pretty bare.
  • Don’t just list a job title and dates of employment. Include a description of what you accomplished. It can be short – 1-2 sentences, or 3 bullets but should give the reader a good sense of what your actual responsibilities are/were, especially if you’re actively looking for new opportunities.
  • Education details can help establish commonality between you and the company/recruiter/hiring manager/etc.
  • The “Featured skills and Endorsements” section does not tend to carry a ton of weight as endorsements do not require much effort for other people to give you. For technical roles, calling out the tech stack/tools you have experience with here makes sense, but you can do that in several different places. “Recommendations” on … 
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Employer Perspective: Making the Most of Career Fair (Part 2)

We are joined by Nathan Derry, Professional Development Training Program staff at Bosch, for the second part to our career fair preparation blog series. Take notes as Nathan offers first hand advice for making connections and impressing recruiters during your interactions.

How can candidates stand out among the competition at career fairs?

A lot of what makes candidates stand out is not only their experience, but the ability to talk about it. I’ve seen resumes with lots of experience that looks great on paper, but what counts the most is the 1 on 1 exchange about that experience.

I may not be inspired to move them forward unless I’m confident that my coworkers would enjoy working side by side with the candidate after our brief exchange at a career fair. It is often times during this exchange that experience would go from being labeled “good” to “great”. Sometimes this boils … 

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