Athens, OH 4 March 2020 –
This year, I have had the opportunity to serve on several Co-op/Internship Panels for ET 1500. This is a course within the Russ College that emphasizes the importance of co-ops and internships, career options for each major, writing resumes, cover letters and reference pages, interviewing tips and strategies, and more. This was a fun way to reflect on my own co-ops and internships, and I hope that sharing my experiences was helpful to the students in the class.
During my time as an engineering student, I’ve had a summer research internship at a small biotech company Quidel, a 6-month process engineering co-op at the chemical manufacturing company DuPont, and an environmental engineering summer internship at Ford Motor Company. Each experience has been vastly different than the others, and each helped me decide what I want to do in my future career. The students in the class were curious about how I found each opportunity, what the responsibilities were in each role, and what I liked.
Dean Pidcock, the Director of the Office of Professional Experiences, asked for parting words of wisdom at the end of the panel. I told the students, don’t be afraid to leave for a semester or two to complete a co-op! The side effect of graduating later was completely worth it to me. You can earn money while working, learn about processes and concepts at a co-op that you haven’t even seen in school yet, get ahead, and make your resume much more attractive to prospective employers. I’m very glad I chose to do a co-op as a student.