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Employer Insights for Navigating the Job Search as an Underrepresented Minority Student

This blog entry is the second of a series addressing specific job search considerations for underrepresented and diverse candidates. We recognize that identities are intersectional and that identity markers do not exist independently of each other, and we offer this information to those who would like to apply it in their job search. Today’s blog is written by Rachel Ligman, Manager – North America University Relations at Eaton.

When it comes to evaluating potential employers on inclusion and diversity, it is important to examine both external brand, and internal culture. The external brand is how they show up when they know you are looking – at a career fair, conference, or company presentation. The internal persona is what is happening to a company, without their control over the brand message.

The external brand around inclusion & diversity:

The National Diversity Conferences (as well as regional conferences) are a great way … 

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Employer Insights for Navigating the Job Search as an LGBTQ+ Student

Engineering Career Services is introducing a blog series in addition to our diversity resources located on our website and diversity guides for students housed within Handshake (located under “Career Center” > “Resources” > Keyword: “Diversity”). This blog entry is the first of a series addressing specific job search considerations for underrepresented and diverse candidates. We recognize that identities are intersectional and that identity markers do not exist independently of each other, and we offer this information to those who would like to apply it in their job search. Today’s blog is written with contributions by Bill Gulker with Ford Motor Company, Amanda Ball with GE, Brad Ross with ExxonMobil, and Mary Gattuso with CVS Health.

How does your company support LGBTQ+ employees?

Amanda: GE people are global, diverse, and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. In that spirit, GE’s … 

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Buckeye Trek 2018: Buckeyes in the Bay Area

Photo of Mitchell Giese in San Francisco, CAMitchell Giese, Computer Science and Engineering student

This week’s blog features Mitchell Giese, a third year Computer Science and Engineering student graduating in December 2019. Over fall break, Mitchell was selected to attend the annual Buckeye Trek event in San Francisco, CA area. Buckeye Trek is an initiative to send some of the best and brightest CSE students from Ohio State to Silicon Valley to soak up the environment of innovation and entrepreneurship. On this year’s Buckeye Trek, Mitchell and other students visited a total of 12 companies including:

  • Clockwise
  • Riviera
  • Lyft
  • Twitter
  • Microsoft
  • Box
  • Facebook
  • Intel
  • Percolate
  • Quid
  • Zendesk
  • Google

A typical company visit included a tour of their office space, an info session with university recruiting, Q&A with a panel of current employees, and networking time.

Based on your visits, what do tech companies in the Bay area look for in candidates?

Most of the companies we visited expressed … 

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My Cool Co-op with Battelle: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Adam Jacobowitz and the team at Battelle Memorial InstituteAdam Jacobwitz and NeuroLife project team at Battelle Memorial Institute

Each year, ECS hosts our Cool Co-op Contest, and a winner is chosen in each of the following categories: Perk, People, and Projects. Last year, Biomedical Engineering student Adam Jacobowitz won the Project contest for his incredible experience working on the NeuroLife project at Battelle Memorial Institute.  Below, he describes what made his internship so unique and special.

In the interview, I remember saying “sci-fi” so many times that to this day, two years later, I’m still surprised I was selected for the NeuroLife intern position at Battelle. To me, as an outsider, the work that was being done on the NeuroLife project at Battelle Memorial Institute looked like it really did come straight out of a science fiction movie. The NeuroLife project is a joint study between Battelle and the Ohio State Medical Center that allows a quadriplegic … 

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Spotlight on DePuy Synthes: Employer of the Year

Photo of Engineering Career Services staff presenting the award to DePuy Synthes representatives.DePuy Synthes accepting the Employer of the Year Award from Engineering Career Services.

Each year, ECS formally recognizes employers providing our students with outstanding and unique experiences through the student-nominated honor of “Employer of the Year.” A winner is determined based on the student’s written nomination and the company’s recruitment and hiring activities.

The 2018 Employer of the Year goes to DePuy Synthes!

Below are excerpts of the nomination submitted by Biomedical Engineering student Kaleb Cantrell, who completed multiple co-op rotations with the organization.

 “At the beginning of my work term, I was assigned an engineer as my mentor. The mentor took me under his wing, and allowed me to join in and assist him on the projects he was working on. This included weekly meetings, walking me through step by step on terminology I did not understand in meetings, and taking the time to make sure I … 

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