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International Students' Job Search Success Stories

Are you an international student looking to secure an internship or full - time employment in the US? International students face certain challenges and restrictions throughout the job hunt. Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of networking opportunities that allow you to gain helpful advice and suggestions. 

Hear from a panel of international, engineering students who successfully found internships and career employment in the US at companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs, and Cummins Inc. Join us on Monday, November 4th at 7:30PM in 014 University Hall to learn about panelists’ experiences and tips for finding a position!

Various topics will be discussed that are aimed towards improving your job search success:

  • Understanding the basics of successfully applying and interviewing for positions in the US
  • Developing applicable skills that employers seek
  • Building a network of contacts
  • Utilizing effective job search resources

The event … 

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Cool Co-op: Good Perks at a Great Job

Today’s post is written by industrial engineering student, Ethan Salsbury.  Ethan is sharing the perks that came along with his co-op at Entrotech.

"During the winter of 2012, I experienced my first co-op as an Industrial Engineer. Fortunately for me, it turned out to be a great experience because I learned a lot, met some great people, and had fun about every day. Despite these features, which made it a great place for my first co-op, the things I will remember most about my time at Entrotech were the perks that I got to enjoy on a daily basis. The first: it was a great atmosphere to work as everything was clean, comfortable, and modern. The facility included a small workout area, spacious break rooms, and a couple flat screen TVs. Every morning I would be able to come in before eight o’clock, watch a little SportsCenter while brewing … 
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Cool Co-op Project: My Year of Complete Secrecy

Today’s post is written by chemical engineering student, Kyle McLaughlin.  Kyle was selected by ECS as runner-up of the 2013 OSU College of Engineering Cool Co-op Award!  

"For the past year I co-oped with General Motors at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  I had the coolest co-op in the country because of the great projects I was able to work on in the paint shop. I worked almost exclusively on the launch of the 2014 Corvette C7. I was sworn to absolute secrecy and product security was always a top priority.  There were certain areas of the plant where I was escorted through a key card access door to sign it with the security officer before working on my assignments. The car was unveiled on January 13th and there are still many aspects of my work that I cannot discuss publicly or privately … 

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Samuel Almeida wins contest for having Ohio's Coolest Co-op Project

 

ECS and the Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) recently ran simultaneous “Cool Co-ops Contests” where students with internships and/or co-ops were encouraged to share what made their experience cool—a project, the perks, or the people at the job.  Samuel Almeida won the “Projects” category of the OCEA contest.  He will be recognized at the organization’s annual conference and won a $250 award.  Samuel was also the overall ECS “Cool Co-op Contest” winner.  Read on to learn more about Samuel’s green engineering project and what made it so cool… 

“I co-oped at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio in the Facilities department. One of the projects I worked on was to design and implement a control algorithm to provide peak efficiency in a dynamic cooling system. This project required me to study and learn subjects of which I had little knowledge, including PLC programming and … 

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Co-op Words of Wisdom

Today’s post is written by Katherine Waidelich. Katherine is majoring in mechanical engineering; she is also the Treasurer of the engineering internship and co-op honorary, Kappa Theta Epsilon.  Katherine has worked at Marathon Petroleum Company and atGrundfos / Peerless Pump Company.  Today she is sharing what she’s learned from co-oping.

Co-oping has been a great experience for me as a student and as a young professional.  It has allowed me to learn more about the ins and outs of what an engineer does on a typical workday.  I’ve worked with two companies while pursuing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

On my first day of the job I did what everyone fears… I overslept and showed up late.  Making the wrong first impression was definitely a learning experience for me.  There is hope though!  If you make a mistake at work (which at some point—you … 

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