Benefits of Co-op Seminar Fall 2010
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  • First Year Class started this week. Graduate (maybe 2015) You started 2006, 5, 4??? Advice you would like to offer those first year students???   Information about job search All year process, maybe longer.
  • List of fall seminars
  • Raffle time

Benefits of Co-op Seminar Fall 2010 Benefits of Co-op Seminar Fall 2010 Presentation Transcript

  • Benefits of a Co-op or Internship Brought to you by Career Services
  • Stick Around for the Raffle Hire
    • University and corporate gifts
    • Gift certificates from local merchants
    • A month parking pass for the President’s Lot
  • Co-op or Internship?
    • Co-ops:
    • A full semester in length
    • Paid
    • Worth academic credit
    • Career-related hands on
    • experience
    • Internships:
    • Usually summers only
    • Sometimes paid
    • No academic credit
    • May not be directly related to
    • career
  • What Is a Co-op?
    • Academic Class
    • Undergrad (UN3002)=1 or 2 credits
    • Graduate (UN5000)=1 to 6 credits
  • Your Responsibilities on Co-op?
      • Evaluated by your work supervisor and submit report
    • You evaluate the employer and submit report
      • Write and submit a technical report
      • Receive a grade that appears on your transcript
      • Act professionally:
      • Before (to obtain your co-op)
      • During (to retain and possibly extend your co-op)
      • After (to maintain good relations and network of contacts)
  • To Participate in a Co-op
    • Undergraduates
    • Good social & academic standing (2.2 GPA) in addition to
    • the following:
    • Must have completed freshman year (29 credits)
    • International students must have completed
    • two consecutive semesters in the U.S.
    • Transfer students must have completed
    • one semester at MTU
  • To Participate in a Co-op
    • Graduates
    • 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Completed one semester at Michigan Tech
    • Permission of academic advisor
    • Obtain authorization from IPS if necessary
  • Registration Benefits of Co-op
    • Active, full-time student
    • Maintain health insurance under parent/guardian
    • Student Loan deferment
  • Disadvantages of a Co-op
    • 4 1/2 to 5 years to complete degree
    • Social disruption
    • Housing contracts
  • “ Real” Benefits of a Co-op or Internship
    • Valuable career-related experience
    • Job-search skills
    • Professional development
    • Apply studies to “real world problems”
    • Excellent wages
    • Full-time job opportunities
    • Higher starting salary potential
    • Employers expect to see on resume
  • Obtaining a Co-op or Internship
      • Get resume/interview assistance at Career Services
      • Upload your resume and cover letter,
      • and search for co-op opportunities on NACElink
      • Apply to opportunities
      • Go to the Career Fair and Information Sessions
      • Interview with companies at MTU,
      • or make your own contacts
  • Student Panel
    • Bryan Cook
    • Jennifer Fuller
    • Rushil Basavaraj
    • Tristram Hokenson
    • Vishal Kema
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • When did you start pursuing your first co-op
      • or internship?
      • How did you go about obtaining your first and/or
      • subsequent co-op or internship?
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • What were the first few weeks on the job like?
      • What were the last few weeks on the job like?
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • What sorts of “things” (technical skills, soft skills) did
      • you learn?
      • Did your employer provide a meaningful experience?
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • How did fellow workers treat you?
      • Did your work experience enhance your understanding
      • of professional and ethical responsibility?
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • Did your work experience impact you as a student
      • when you returned to campus?
      • Would you encourage your peers to pursue a co-op
      • or internship before they graduate?
  • Remarks From The Panel
      • Any final tips or words of wisdom?
  • For More Information
    • Visit the Co-op web pages at
    • Learn more about:
        • Co-op checklist and process for registering
        • Responsibilities during your co-op
        • Responsibilities after your co-op
  • 2010 Fall Career Fair
    • Tuesday
    • October 5, 2010
    • Student Development Complex
    • Sponsored by
    • Career Services
    • and
    • Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity
  • Seminars
  • It is Raffle Time! Good luck