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by | May 25, 2017
If you’ve accepted a summer internship or co-op, congrats!! You are about to embark on what I’m sure will be a fulfilling, engaging, and challenging 12 week experience. Whether you are graduating next year or not, it is crucial that you proactively think about what you can be doing before, during, and after your work term to impress your employer. Below are my top tips for converting an internship into a full-time job.
- Establish goals. Within the first week of your internship, schedule an appointment with your supervisor to establish goals. Talk about projects that you would like to be a part of and the skills that you bring to the table. Your goal is to show your boss that you are motivated while also giving them something to hold you accountable.
- Be dependable. I read all of the intern/co-op performance evaluations at the end of each semester. Every …
by | April 27, 2017
The summer is right around the corner; you have a new gig, and potentially even a new location. In the university setting, it is pretty easy to get comfortable in your own element: spending time with the same people, eating at the same restaurants, interacting with the same professors. A lot of your life at Ohio State has likely become familiar. That's not a bad thing! However with new opportunities, you may be feeling excited to venture somewhere new, OR you might have a case of the nerves.
What should you consider when moving to a new place? First, I would encourage you to check out the “Think Housing” blog. This post covers various considerations when relocating.
Here are some questions to consider prior to your move:
- Will the company assist in your moving cost? If so, how do you need to report your traveling expenses?
- Will my cost-of-living …
by | March 23, 2017
This week ECS is featuring Ellen Harrell, a 4th year Chemical Engineering student. Ellen has interned at Cardinal Health in IT, and at Marathon Petroleum Corporation as an environmental intern in Findlay, OH, and an environmental refining intern in Texas City, Texas. Below are her tips on making the most of your internship/co-op experience.
Network with employees
On co-op or internship you are going to meet a lot of new people. You will be introduced to your co-workers and fellow interns, but make sure you go out and try to meet other employees too. I would advise doing informational interviews with other employees outside of your group. This gives you a chance to network and learn about other roles in the company. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask to set up a meeting to meet and learn about their position. At Cardinal Health, I had informational … Read More
by | September 28, 2016
Have you heard of GoinGlobal? Many students have not! But it’s a fantastic resource that is available to you through CareerEngine. GoinGlobal is the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. The GoinGlobal database features 38 Country Career Guides, 53 City Career Guides for the United States and Canada, corporate profiles and more than 16 million internship and job listings within the USA and around the world. If you fall into one of the two following categories listed below, you need to be using this resource!
You are a U.S. Citizen who wants to work abroad.
If you are interested in working abroad, it’s likely you have a country (or narrowed down list of countries) in mind. It’s also that likely you have the language skills that would be required for communicating in that country.GoinGlobal’s Country Guides would be very … Read More
by | July 25, 2016
Every year the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) has a contest that recognizes students from Ohio universities who have had a "Cool Co-op" experience. Students must answer the question, "Why is the co-op cool?" and can choose among projects, people, or perks that made it so. This year, Leslie Mamula (BS Mechanical Engineering, 2017) won the award for Cool Co-op People category!
Leslie worked for Fortune 500 company, Willams Companies. Williams is an energy infrastructure company that focuses on natural gas processing and transportation. Leslie's co-op was located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here's what Leslie had to say about the cool people at her co-op:
"Last summer I worked with some of the best people. My fellow interns, my manager, Dale, my mentor, Jeff, and my coworker, Neil, all continually showed me how to do my job to my best ability and inspired me every day to be my best … Read More