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Co-op & Internship: The Three C’s

The Ohio State University does not have a required co-op program for engineering students.  However, the Engineering Career Services office has an outstanding Engineering Co-op and Internship Program designed to support students in their career development and job search.  The benefits of this program and its structure can be summed up as the Three C’s: Choice, Connections, and Career management for life.


Because the program is not required nor embedded into the curriculum, you have a great deal of flexibility and you control all aspects of your experience.  You will choose the following:

  • Which semesters you work
  • How many semesters you work
  • Where you work (company and location)
  • Industry in which you work
  • Type of experience: multiple rotations in a co-op vs. internships with several companies

*It is up to you to be proactive and work with your academic advisor to determine which semesters will work best with your desired graduation plan. We encourage students to consider internships and co-ops during the school year; although graduation may be pushed back, this does not change the number of semesters of full-time coursework (usually 8) it takes to complete a degree.


By registering with ECS and participating in the ECIP program, you will gain access to over 2000 employers from a variety of industries. General Electric, Honda, NASA, Disney, and JPMorgan Chase are a few of the top ECIP employers. You will have the opportunity to network with these and others through the following avenues:

  • Company info sessions, Meet n Greets, Career Fairs
  • On-Campus Interviewing opportunities
  • Job Postings specifically for Ohio State engineering students
  • Special events such as professional development workshops, the Recruiter-in-Residence program, and the Job Shadow Program


While ECS provides resources and access to employers, it is up to you to manage your search.  It is expected that Millennials will have had 12-15 jobs in their lifetime.  The skills you learn through your engagement with ECS and the ECIP program will enable you to be a successful job seeker for the rest of your life. Such skills include:

  • Networking and utilizing social media in the job search
  • Nailing an interview
  • Writing professional correspondence
  • Developing a focused and tailored resume
  • Navigating a career fair
  • Negotiating an offer
  • Utilizing online resources (Indeed, Glassdoor, SimplyHired)