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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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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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