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Buckeyes in the Bay Area: A Student's Perspective

Photo of Ohio State College of Engineering students and staff standing outside a Google building in the sunshine.

This week’s blog is written by Jeff Morhous, current Computer Science and Engineering student (2021) who participated in the 2019 Buckeye Trek in the Bay Area.

Growing up, computers always fascinated me. Once I decided that I would be making a career out of my passion for building software, I immediately learned as much as I could about the world’s most influential technology companies. Because of this, it’s no surprise that in my head ‘Silicon Valley’ grew notorious for its association with computers and innovation. 

I applied to the Buckeye Trek because of my genuine fascination with the Bay Area. So when I got an email letting me know that I was going to be spending fall break exploring the area and its culture firsthand, my tremendous excitement was met with nervous anticipation. 

Buckeye Trek was a unique opportunity to finally explore Silicon Valley, all while meeting wonderfully friendly people … 

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2019 Employer of the Year: LyondellBasell

Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.Amy Thaci, ECS Director, presents LyondellBasell with the Employer of the Year Award.

“The co-op term was my highest point in my life so far.”

Wow. Let that sink in for a second. This quote came from an OSU engineering student who co-oped at LyondellBasell last year. While internships and co-ops are often referred to as “impactful”, “a great learning experience” or even “career changing”, it’s rare you hear someone say it was the highest point in their life. It was based on this statement and other testimonials that LyondellBasell was named the ECS 2019 Employer of the Year. Read below to learn what made this company stand out in the words of the three students who nominated them for the award.  

How did this experience help your personal and professional growth?

I was able to interact with like-minded individuals that were recruited by a fantastic University Recruiting … 

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Welcome Back from the ECS Director

Welcome back to campus! As I begin my 9th year here in ECS, I want to thank you for participating in all the things we have to offer and for being such amazing and gracious students to work with. We try our best to listen to you and provide exciting events and services that align with your needs. Even though much has changed, much has remained the same. Resumes are still being used when applying to internships/co-ops and jobs; networking is still key to helping you find a job; and using technology to help you along the way has increased by leaps and bounds.  But we hear it over and over—students still want that face to face interaction, so we’ve got you covered.  We have drop-ins and appointments with Career Advisors. We have interview rooms so companies who visit campus can hold interviews here in our office.   We have … 

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What's New at ECS?

Engineering Career Services has some exciting changes and additions for 2019!

  • Intern Week is a new program primarily targeting first and second year students in their pursuit of an internship or co-op. It is strategically placed the week before the SWE fair and is packed with events.
  • SWE Career Fair is on Wednesday, January 30th and will admit BS students within one calendar year of graduation, MS/ PhD students, and recent alum ONLY from 1pm -2pm, while the fair will be open for ALL students from 2pm-6pm. Read more HERE.
  • Job Shadow will now take place during Spring Break week and signups will happen virtually via Handshake beginning February. This will allow you to quickly secure your spot to network with employers and get insider knowledge of a specific industry or company.
  • Engineers Week celebrates the varied careers within engineering with events during the week of February 18th.
  • Walk-in Hours … 
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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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