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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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What to expect in a full-time job offer letter

Have you recently received a job offer?  If so, congratulations are in order!  If the employer has only made a verbal offer to you so far, you will obviously express appreciation, but equally as important, you will want to get the specifics in writing in the form of an offer letter.  Having the detailed offer in writing is critical to avoid miscommunication and ensuring that both parties are crystal clear on the terms of the agreement.  If the company balks at your request for a written offer, you are well within your rights to be concerned about how diligent they are about handling employment matters.  Still waiting on offers?  Your time will come soon.  No matter where you are in the process, let’s look at what is typically included in a job offer letter.  Note that the items with an asterisks are optional—and may or … 

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Factor in cost of living in job search decisions

Whether you're searching for a place to live while doing a co-op/internship or for a full-time job offer upon graduation, it is extremely important to remember to factor in the cost of living for that specific location. The cost of living is crucial to making a fully informed job search decision, and many times students forget to take that into account. Costs vary depending on region, size of city, and at times, the length of stay. As a graduate student, I will be interning with an out-of-state company this summer, and was undoubtedly worried about not only finding a place to live that was safe and practical, but also a place that allowed me to save some of my income.

You may be considering working for Company X in Atlanta, Georgia as well as Company Y in Boston, Massachusetts. At this point your ideal steps would be to first and … 

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