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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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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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Starting an Internship? Here's How to Make the Most of It

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource written by Chaim Shapiro.

Congratulations—it’s the last day of finals week! I bet you’re looking forward to your summer internship, and you might even be a little nervous. Internships are an incredible opportunity, and you will want to hit the ground running to take full advantage. Here are 6 tips to make the most of your internship/ co-op right from the first day!

1) Understand the Opportunity. Companies have internship programs so that they can test drive the talent. They want to see you and how well you work in a professional setting.  Take your responsibilities seriously from day one.  A successful internship is the best way into many companies full-time!

2) Recognize that They WANT to Hire You. Most interns don’t realize that the company is invested in your success. If you were hired as an … 

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No Summer Internship? Consider This!

With spring semester winding down, do your summer plans seem in flux? If you don’t have internship or co-op plans there are still valuable ways to spend your time. Try these things to build not only your resume, but also insight into your field of interest.

Informational Interviews

Spend your time networking. Summer can be a great time to reach out to professionals in your field and ask them about their experiences. Using LinkedIn, search for job titles you might be interested in, companies you would want to work for, or locations where you would like to end up. Then connect with individuals and ask if they have time for an informational interview (either in-person or over the phone). Use this time to ask about what it’s like to work in the industry, learn more about the company, get advice for how to best market yourself, and make valuable connections … 

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