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Think Housing: Internship & Co-op Options

You’ve landed an awesome internship offer— yet there’s one obstacle, it’s not where you currently live, you don’t have a place to live or even know where to begin to find housing. If you will be moving out of the Columbus area or away from a hometown for a position, you may want to consider housing options before signing an offer.

Housing is an additional benefit that some employers offer, and housing assistance may come in many different forms including some of the following examples:

  • Company furnished, fully paid housing: a place to live with furniture and sometimes utilities included; this would be the ideal situation. The housing factor is completely handled – you just need to move you and your personal belongings!
  • Housing stipend: a fixed monthly rate typically taxed
  • Increase in wage: employer increases your hourly wage to adjust for your housing needs
  • Relocation bonus: a one-time payment to … 
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What to expect in an internship or co-op offer letter

For many students, the first time they will ever receive a “real” offer letter will be when they obtain their first engineering internship or co-op.  It is very exciting but can also be a little overwhelming as well.  It’s important to know and understand the information that you can expect in an offer letter from a company.  PLEASE NOTE: ALL Engineering internships should be PAID.  ECS does not encourage students to accept unpaid internships. 

The first thing to know is that just like full-time offers, an internship or co-op offer should be in writing.  Many companies will first give you the good news over the phone, but the offer is not considered “official” until they have sent it in writing.  This is very important to make sure the terms are clear to both parties involved.  If an employer does not give you … 

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Tips for obtaining an international internship

Are you ready to go global with your internship search? Have you ever dreamed of applying your engineering knowledge and experiences in China, India, Brazil, or some other exciting country of the world? Here are some questions to think about and guidance to help you along the way - from someone who was in your shoes just a few years ago, interned internationally in Brazil during his time at Ohio State, and is currently living and working in São Paulo.  Ok, let’s go!

1) Decide where you would like to go

Where in the world would you like to gain on-the-job and life experience?  Why do you want to go there?  Thinking through these questions will help guide your search and be handy to have ready to share with people who can help you along the way.

2) Think about what experiences you want to gain

What would you … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Sughosh Rao

Today's blog features a OSU international engineering alum who was successful in his job search.  Sughosh Rao graduated in 2013 with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  He is currently a Research Scientist with the Transportation Research Center, Inc.  

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:
I work as a Research Scientist for Transportation Research Center, Inc., and I am contracted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is a part of the US Department of Transportation. I work exclusively for NHTSA at my current job, and as a research lab, we conduct vehicle research for NHTSA to help in rule making. Currently I am involved in three projects which are Vehicle Cyber Security, Hardare in the Loop Simulations and Heavy Truck Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Testing. As a Research Scientist, I have the responsibility of setting up and conducting tests and simulations, and everything … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Syn Dee Chua

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Syn Dee Chua is graduating this fall and is an undergraduate in Civil Engineering with minors in Surveying and Mapping as well as City and Regional Planning.  Last year she interned at EMH&T and is currently interning at George J. Igle & Co., Inc.  

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  
At George J. Igel & Co., Inc., I work with a Project Manager to oversee various ongoing construction projects in the Columbus area. Main responsibilities include administering subcontracts and purchase orders for a project, track and submit extra work items, track project quantities, collecting and maintaining project documents. I also help with construction estimating to help with project bids. 

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 
My biggest resource is word of mouth. I've been … 

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