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Just how important are internships and co-ops?

I recently asked a third-year engineering student what she is doing this summer.  Her response? “What do you mean? I worked hard all year long on my grades.  I earned a 3.5 GPA! I deserve a break. My summer is all about rest and relaxation.”

Unfortunately for this student, her “rest and relaxation” will almost certainly hurt her in the long run professionally. The days are gone where a high GPA is all you need to be prepared in your field and get a job upon graduation.

Just a few quick stats about the advantages to having co-ops or internships:

  • Your competition has it: Last year, 83% of OSU grads with firm plans at graduation had a co-op or internship.
  • Potential job offer: Approximately 50% of students who intern/co-op accept positions with their intern/co-op employer upon graduation.
  • Higher starting salary: OSU engineering graduated in 2013 who … 
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Cool Co-op Project: Honda Fuel-Lid Cover

Today’s post is written by mechanical engineering student, Brian Huey.  Brian is sharing the cool project he worked on while co-oping at Honda of America Manufacturing.  

During the summer and fall of 2013 I worked for Honda of America Mfg at the Honda mother plant (MAP) in Marysville, Ohio. I spent a total of 7+ months working as a Co-op at Honda as a quality engineer. I had responsibilities for parts that went on the 1900 cars produced per day. This experience was very rewarding and surreal because I was given this much responsibility, but my most important accomplishment was the development of an idea that would improve the assembly process at MAP. This idea was to create a cover for the one part of the car body that was uncovered as it went through the assembly line, the fuel-lid. This idea was developed once I noticed the amount … 

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The perks of being a Wal-Mart Intern

Today’s post is written by industrial and systems engineering student, Jessica Salazar.  Jessica is sharing the cool perks she received while interning at Wal-Mart.  

 

This past summer I interned with Wal-Mart at their headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. I was a bit nervous when I found out I’d be there for the simple reason of well… it’s Arkansas. Little did I know, it would be a summer that I would never forget. The first week of my internship was also shareholders week. Every year Wal-Mart goes big for their shareholders' meeting, and when I say big, I mean BIG. The meeting consisted of thousands of employees from across the world screaming with pride. The MC was Hugh Jackman. There were performances by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Jennifer Hudson. Tom Cruise made an appearance and discussed the importance of women in the workplace. Earlier that week I was … 

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Cool Co-op Project: Changing the Future of Flight

Today’s post is written by computer science engineering student, Tyler Moore.  Tyler is sharing a cool project that he worked during his experience at GE Aviation.  

 

The aviation industry is currently overhauling a very important aspect of flight – the use of composite materials and how to effectively utilize them to reduce weight and increase strength. While working in Baltimore, Maryland during the Fall 2013 semester, I worked at one of GE Aviation’s facilities – Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS). MRAS primarily focuses its resources on the development and construction of nacelles and thrust reversers for a wide range of aircraft.

 

My last major project at MRAS was to redesign a set of carbon fiber panels by replacing the current support structure with a hollow design that could still withstand the forces applied during high stress failure modes. I was one of five engineers working on … 

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Tips for success during your co-op/internship

Congratulations! You’ve worked hard in your classes, you’ve researched potential companies that you’d like to work for, you perfected your resume and submitted applications, you nailed the interview, and now you’ve landed a strong co-op or internship opportunity. 

The stress of FINDING the job is over, but the work (and fun!) has just begun.  You will be working for this company full time for at least 4 months.

This experience will be what you make it, and it’s important that you get the most out of your time there.  Below are helpful tips for a successful co-op or internship experience.

1.       Meet your coworkersand network: You will hopefully develop a strong relationship with your supervisor, but it’s important to talk to as many people as you can within the company.  NETWORK! Introduce yourself to everyone you meet and consider seeking out a mentor who … 

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