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New Gig, New Location

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 … 
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A Student's View--Making the Most of Your Internship/Co-op

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 … 

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Expand your employment options with GoinGlobal

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 … 

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OSU Engineering Student Wins "Cool Co-op" Award

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 … 

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Tips for Landing a Last Minute Summer Internship

"I don't have a summer internship!  Is it too late?"  In short: NO.  However, with only 4 weeks until summer break. It’s going to take a lot of work and effort to land a summer internship.  You’re going to need to really want it. Below are some tips for obtaining a position.  

  1. If you haven’t already done so, register with ECS!! As of this week, there are over 350 engineering internships and co-ops posted on our job board, CareerEngine.  If you aren’t registered with us, you won't have access to these OSU engineering specific job postings! Info for registration can be found here.
  2. Assuming you are registered, start/continue applying! We recommend applying to at least 30 jobs per semester.  While it may be a stretch to apply to that many this late in the game, there are certainly jobs out there for which … 
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