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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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Considering Internships Abroad?

Students interested in interning abroad often ask us how to get started. Before I can answer that, however, I have questions for them. The first question I ask engineering students who are interested in international opportunities is "What language (other than English) do you speak?" Next I ask, "What do you hope to get out of an international experience?" The answers to those questions can help you find the experience that's right for you, whether it's work, service, or study abroad.

At OSU, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is where you want to start to explore what kind of international experience is right for you.

There are also international opportunities for engineering students sponsored by the College of Engineering. For example, there is a weeklong trip toHonduras for service learning. Other opportunities through the COE are the ECOS (Engineers for Community Service) sponsored project in Guatemala and a … 

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Running out of work during your internship/co-op

When mid quarter evaluations are sent to students who are on a co-op or internship assignment, 95% of the responses are favorable for the learning experience both technically and professionally. However, there are those instances where students write back to me complaining that there is often “not enough” work to do. The reasons vary: supervisor travels and is very busy to monitor workloads or the project has ended or is at a point where testing is causing delays. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself with little engineering work to do while you’re at your co-op or internship, there are things you can do to improve this situation.

• First, I’d be sure to plan ahead and be sure to have regularly scheduled meeting times with your mentor/supervisor. Perhaps, this could be bi-weekly and if not available in person, utilize emails with agenda items and specific areas of interest … 

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