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Competing With 
Domestic Co-ops 
Providing affordable 
international opportunities for 
engineering students
Presenters 
Catherine Donohoe 
Career Advisor, Engineering Co-op & Career 
Services, University of Maryland 
Daniela Ascar...
Tell Us About Yourself 
What is your role? 
• Campus Education Abroad Administrator 
• Engineering School/ Department Facu...
Today’s Session 
1) Engineering Students and Programs 
2) Career Services Perspective - 
Employment of Engineering Student...
A Tale of Two Universities 
University of Maryland 
• Public Research 
University in College 
Park, MD 
• >26,000 undergra...
Where Are Drexel STEM 
Students? 
• College of Engineering 
• College of Computing 
and Informatics 
• College of Arts and...
Where are STEM students at the 
University of Maryland? 
Colleges with STEM majors: 
• A. James Clark School of 
Engineeri...
• Largest private engineering college in US 
• 660 BS degrees granted 
• ABET accredited BS programs: 
Chemical Engineerin...
840 BS degrees granted annually 
ABET accredited BS programs: 
Aerospace Engineering 
Bioengineering 
Chemical and Bio-mol...
Competing with 
Domestic Co-ops: 
A Career Services 
Perspective 
Catherine Donohoe 
Career Advisor 
Engineering Co-op & C...
Employment Outlook for 
Engineering Students 
• Employment outlook and salaries for engineering 
students 
• Entry level f...
Entry-level Salaries 
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 
September 2014 Student Survey
Entry-level Salaries 
Average Starting Salary for Entry Level Full Time 
Position 
Computer Science: $62,103 
Engineering:...
Entry-level Salaries - Engineers 
Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 
September 2014 Student Su...
Entry-level Salaries by Industry
What do employers value? 
Source: NACE, The Job Outlook for The Class of 2014
I say co-op, you say… 
Internship 
• 2-3 months full time during 
summer break 
• May continue part time 
during the semes...
Long-term benefits of co-op/ 
intern experience 
• Employers look for technical experience on 
resume 
• Likelihood of con...
Intern/ Co-op Salaries 
• Average wage for engineering co-op or intern positions = 
$20/ hour 
• Benefits may include soci...
Program Models for 
STEM Students 
Daniela Ascarelli 
Assistant Vice Provost, Intl Programs 
Director, Study Abroad 
Drexe...
Engineering Curriculum 
• ABET = Accrediting body for schools of 
engineering 
• Criterion 3 Student Outcomes 
• Technical...
Drexel University 
• Located in Philadelphia 
• 25,000 total students 
• 14,000 UG students 
• 4,600 GR students 
• A co-o...
Program Models for STEM Students 
Less than full term 
opportunities 
• Global Classrooms 
• Intensive courses 
abroad 
• ...
Less than Full Term Options 
Global Classrooms 
• Allows a “glocal” focus 
• Mimics ‘real’ world 
collaboration 
• Gateway...
More Short Term Options 
International Experiences 
• Faculty supervised and/or driven, 
not for credit 
• Often times ser...
Research focused programs 
• Opportunity to work with partners and increase 
research collaboration 
• Frequently driven b...
Research focused programs 
• Opportunity to work with partners and increase 
research collaboration 
• Frequently driven b...
Study + Co-op Opportunities 
• Tend to be longer in 
nature, up to a full 
academic year 
• Allows students to truly 
imme...
Exchange Programs 
• Bilaterals 
• Consortium 
• GE3 
• Michigan’s SJTU Joint 
Institute 
• UAS7 
• Study + co-op 
• Engli...
Dual Degree Programs 
EAGLES 
• 3 countries– Spain, Italy and the 
US 
• 2 degrees– Drexel and Polimilano 
• For engineers...
STEM & Program 
Development 
Angie Shaeffer 
Director 
Program Development 
Cultural Vistas
Catalysts for 
STEM Program Development 
• 16% of American high school 
students are interested in STEM 
• Only half of co...
U.S. Department of State 
2015 STEM Initiatives 
• Federal Five-Year Strategic Plan for STEM Education 
• STEM Innovation ...
Cultural Vistas: STEM Programs 
Organizational Mission: To provide experience 
for the global workforce. 
Current Undergra...
University of Waterloo Co-op 
Program 
Co-operative Education Structure: 
•6500-7000 students per term on work term 
•80% ...
IAESTE: Research Internship 
Placement Approach 
• 65+ years, ~345,000 alumni around the world 
• Compensated internships;...
IAESTE Participant Emma W. 
Mechanical Engineering Major 
Placement: Bosnia, PetrolInvest 
• “One of the upsides of workin...
STEM LAUNCH: 
Career Exploration Study Tour 
Approach 
• More likely to pursue graduate study (~85% 
would consider a high...
STEM LAUNCH 
Relevant Reactions 
• It is important to open your horizons; one may never know 
the many abundant opportunit...
Vision to Reality 
An Advisor’s Perspective for 
Pursuing Programming 
• Revisiting program portfolios 
• Individual stude...
Finding Funding
Examples of Funding
Funding Options 
National options 
• DAAD 
• Freeman Foundation– funding for 
co-op in S. East Asia 
• 100,000 strong 
• G...
Take the Discussion Home 
How can you develop experiential opportunities for the 
engineering students you serve? 
Your Ro...
Take the Discussion Home 
How can you develop experiential opportunities for the 
engineering students you serve? 
Who to ...
Take the Discussion Home 
How can you develop experiential opportunities for the 
engineering students you serve? 
• Learn...
Additional Resources 
• NAFSA Underrepresentation in Education 
Abroad Subcommittee 
• Diversity Abroad 
• IIE 
• 2009 Whi...
Questions?
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Competing with Co-ops: Providing Affordable International Opportunities for Engineering Students

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We all want engineering, computer, and physical science students to study abroad, but there is stiff competition for their attention and time. These students are often well-paid for domestic internships and co-ops. How can we offer affordable, experiential international programs tailored to engineers’ needs? We'll explore this issue from the perspective of university study abroad and career services offices, and exchange program administrators. Study abroad advisors, administrators, and providers are invited to participate and develop an action plan to address these issues for their own students and organizations.

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Competing with Co-ops: Providing Affordable International Opportunities for Engineering Students

  1. 1. Competing With Domestic Co-ops Providing affordable international opportunities for engineering students
  2. 2. Presenters Catherine Donohoe Career Advisor, Engineering Co-op & Career Services, University of Maryland Daniela Ascarelli Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs, Director, Drexel Study Abroad, Drexel University Angela Shaeffer Director, Program Development, Cultural Vistas
  3. 3. Tell Us About Yourself What is your role? • Campus Education Abroad Administrator • Engineering School/ Department Faculty or Staff • Study Abroad Provider Administrator • Resident Director • Other What international programming do you currently offer engineering students? • What successes have you had? What are your concerns? Questions you hope we will address today
  4. 4. Today’s Session 1) Engineering Students and Programs 2) Career Services Perspective - Employment of Engineering Students and Graduates 3) Developing international internship and research opportunities for Engineers as a University or as a Provider Organization 4) Finding Funding 5) Bring it home – what can your institution do?
  5. 5. A Tale of Two Universities University of Maryland • Public Research University in College Park, MD • >26,000 undergraduate • >10,000 graduate • 15 colleges & schools • ~250 academic programs Drexel University • Private Research University in Philadelphia, PA • >16,000 undergraduate • >8,000 graduate • 15 colleges & schools • ~200 degree programs
  6. 6. Where Are Drexel STEM Students? • College of Engineering • College of Computing and Informatics • College of Arts and Sciences • School of Biomedical Engineering
  7. 7. Where are STEM students at the University of Maryland? Colleges with STEM majors: • A. James Clark School of Engineering • Agriculture & Natural Resources • Behavioral & Social Sciences • Architecture, Planning & Preservation • Public Health • Robert H. Smith School of Business
  8. 8. • Largest private engineering college in US • 660 BS degrees granted • ABET accredited BS programs: Chemical Engineering Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Materials Engineering Mechanical Engineering
  9. 9. 840 BS degrees granted annually ABET accredited BS programs: Aerospace Engineering Bioengineering Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Fire Protection Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering
  10. 10. Competing with Domestic Co-ops: A Career Services Perspective Catherine Donohoe Career Advisor Engineering Co-op & Career Services University of Maryland
  11. 11. Employment Outlook for Engineering Students • Employment outlook and salaries for engineering students • Entry level full time and internships/ co-ops • Glossary: Internship and Co-op
  12. 12. Entry-level Salaries Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) September 2014 Student Survey
  13. 13. Entry-level Salaries Average Starting Salary for Entry Level Full Time Position Computer Science: $62,103 Engineering: $62,891 Other Math/ Sciences: $44,299 Overall (average of all majors): $48,707 Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) September 2014 Student Survey
  14. 14. Entry-level Salaries - Engineers Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) September 2014 Student Survey
  15. 15. Entry-level Salaries by Industry
  16. 16. What do employers value? Source: NACE, The Job Outlook for The Class of 2014
  17. 17. I say co-op, you say… Internship • 2-3 months full time during summer break • May continue part time during the semester • Does not delay graduation • Basic exposure to company • Depth and breadth of responsibility vary Co-op position • 6-9+ months full time during summer and semester • May include rotation over multiple years • Usually extends time to graduation • In depth exposure to 1+ areas of company • Usually a higher level of responsibility
  18. 18. Long-term benefits of co-op/ intern experience • Employers look for technical experience on resume • Likelihood of conversion to full time employee • In 2014, companies extended full time offers to 64.8% of their former interns, 56.8% of former co-ops (according to NACE Survey of Employers) • Improved employee retention
  19. 19. Intern/ Co-op Salaries • Average wage for engineering co-op or intern positions = $20/ hour • Benefits may include social activities, paid holidays, service time and relocation assistance/ housing stipend • Potential summer income for an engineering intern: Gross Wages and Earnings $20 * 40 hours/ week * 12 weeks $9600 Housing Stipend/ Relocation Varies – estimate $2500 Rent, food Varies - estimate -$3500 Income (before taxes) $8600
  20. 20. Program Models for STEM Students Daniela Ascarelli Assistant Vice Provost, Intl Programs Director, Study Abroad Drexel University
  21. 21. Engineering Curriculum • ABET = Accrediting body for schools of engineering • Criterion 3 Student Outcomes • Technical Skills and “Soft” Skills • How does ABET view experiential learning • Approval by program • For credit or not
  22. 22. Drexel University • Located in Philadelphia • 25,000 total students • 14,000 UG students • 4,600 GR students • A co-op institution, where over 90% of all students participate in three 6 month co-ops. • A quarter school whereby students are obligated to Drexel 12 months/year after their 1st summer
  23. 23. Program Models for STEM Students Less than full term opportunities • Global Classrooms • Intensive courses abroad • International experiences Full-term opportunities • Research focused programs • Exchange programs • Study + Co-op opportunities • Dual degree programs
  24. 24. Less than Full Term Options Global Classrooms • Allows a “glocal” focus • Mimics ‘real’ world collaboration • Gateway to more immersive opportunities Intensive course abroad • Take advantage of short intersessions • No extra tuition cost for students • Opportunity to liaise with partners • Seen as not interfering with regular classes
  25. 25. More Short Term Options International Experiences • Faculty supervised and/or driven, not for credit • Often times service oriented in nature • Frequently take place during term breaks • Thai Harvest • Initiated by DU faculty member in MEM • Global Brigades • Various Brigades, focusing on variety of topics • BSN to Paraguay • Engineers without Borders
  26. 26. Research focused programs • Opportunity to work with partners and increase research collaboration • Frequently driven by faculty interest Bochum • For CHEME and MEM students • Classes co-taught by Drexel and Bochum faculty • Includes a research course
  27. 27. Research focused programs • Opportunity to work with partners and increase research collaboration • Frequently driven by faculty interest Bioko • ENVS focused program, popular with Bio students as well • Two research courses, including a 6 credit research capstone project • Classes taught by Drexel faculty or Drexel hired adjuncts. • Students are in courses with local students.
  28. 28. Study + Co-op Opportunities • Tend to be longer in nature, up to a full academic year • Allows students to truly immerse themselves abroad • Provides the best of both worlds! • UAS7– study+co-op opportunity, possibility of paid internship. • Tohoku– 12 months, co-op opportunity is in a lab. Unpaid positions
  29. 29. Exchange Programs • Bilaterals • Consortium • GE3 • Michigan’s SJTU Joint Institute • UAS7 • Study + co-op • English language terms • Sapiens • ICAI/ UPComillas, Spain • Spring term, designed in conjunction with Univ of Illinois • FAME program • ENSEA, France
  30. 30. Dual Degree Programs EAGLES • 3 countries– Spain, Italy and the US • 2 degrees– Drexel and Polimilano • For engineers interested in energy issues • Majority of students have been in an accelerated BS/MS program PKUSZ in Shenzen • Aimed at ENVE engineers. • One year at Drexel, one year at PKUSZ • Either one term exchange or full year with dual degree • Issues gaining traction
  31. 31. STEM & Program Development Angie Shaeffer Director Program Development Cultural Vistas
  32. 32. Catalysts for STEM Program Development • 16% of American high school students are interested in STEM • Only half of college students who study STEM pursue STEM-relevant careers • President Obama’s STEM Goals: • develop, recruit, and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the next 10 years • asked colleges and universities to graduate an additional 1 million students with STEM majors. • improvements in STEM education will happen only if Hispanics, African-Americans, and other underrepresented groups in the STEM fields—including women, people with disabilities, and first- Source: www.ed.gov/stem generation Americans—participate.
  33. 33. U.S. Department of State 2015 STEM Initiatives • Federal Five-Year Strategic Plan for STEM Education • STEM Innovation Proposal: $170 million in new funding that will help to train the next generation of innovators. Key activities include: • STEM Innovation Networks ($110 million): grants to school districts in partnership with colleges, and other regional partners to transform STEM teaching and learning by accelerating the adoption of practices in P-12 education that help to increase the number students who seek out and are well-prepared for postsecondary education and careers in STEM fields. • STEM Teacher Pathways ($40 million): provide competitive awards to high-quality programs that recruit and train talented STEM educators for high-need schools. • National STEM Master Teacher Corps ($20 million): identify, refine and share models to help America's best and brightest math and science teachers to make the transition from excellent teachers to school and community leaders and advocates for STEM education. The program will enlist, recognize and reward a national corps of outstanding STEM educators to help improve STEM teaching and learning in their schools and communities.
  34. 34. Cultural Vistas: STEM Programs Organizational Mission: To provide experience for the global workforce. Current Undergraduate Program Models Funded • STEM LAUNCH • Funded by The Halle Foundation • Partnership with Spelman & Morehouse Colleges • Cultural Vistas Fellowship • Summer Internship in field of sustainability • Targets all underrepresented students Fee-based • IAESTE • International Association for the Exchange of Students with Technical Experience • Research- and work-based • Internships Abroad • Students placed in internships of interest (some paid)
  35. 35. University of Waterloo Co-op Program Co-operative Education Structure: •6500-7000 students per term on work term •80% in Canada, 10% in USA, 10% in rest of world •academic and work terms integrated to promote career- focused and applied learning •students complete professional development courses online while on work terms using work experience as basis for course engagement (A=semester 1, B=semester 2, WT=work term) FALL WINTER SPRING/SUMM ER Year 1 1A 1B WT1 Year 2 2A WT2 2B Year 3 WT3 3A WT4 Year 4 3B WT5 4A Year 5 WT6 4B A=semester 1; B=semester 2; WT=Winterterm RequiredCourses: PD1: Co-op Fundamentals PD 2: Critical Reflection and Report Writing PD20: Engineering Workplace Skills I: Developing Reasoned Conclusions PD21: Engineering Workplace Skills II: Developing Effective Plans Elective Courses: PD3: Communication PD4: Teamwork PD5: Project Management PD6: Problem Solving PD7: Conflict Resolution PD8: Intercultural Skills PD9: Ethical Decision Making PD22: Professionalism and Ethics in Engineering Practice Professional Development Program Schedule
  36. 36. IAESTE: Research Internship Placement Approach • 65+ years, ~345,000 alumni around the world • Compensated internships; scholarships available for U.S. participants • 2012 stats: • Students on traineeships: 3951 • Employers offering traineeships: 2795 • Universities sending students: 931 • Challenges • Placements take time (PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE) • Best for students who are comfortable with less on-the-ground support • Best fit for student experientially
  37. 37. IAESTE Participant Emma W. Mechanical Engineering Major Placement: Bosnia, PetrolInvest • “One of the upsides of working in a relatively small company was the close relationships shared by the different departments. For example, if we needed to clarify or make changes to a design we were able to talk to the other departments in person. The collaborative energy was evident. Even though the work atmosphere was less rushed and stressed than how I’ve found it in America, everything was still finished on time. At the office, my coworkers were glad to have me around and liked to hear about the different plans I had for the weekends.”
  38. 38. STEM LAUNCH: Career Exploration Study Tour Approach • More likely to pursue graduate study (~85% would consider a higher degree in STEM because of the program) • Greater awareness of career pathways (95%) • Understand value of an international experience (~90%) • Likelihood of going abroad again: 100% • Gain practical intercultural skills: 100% • Better understanding of international business and research cooperation (~90%) • Develop skills that complement academics (~88%) (Source: STEM LAUNCH Post-Program Surveys 2013 & 2014 Programs)
  39. 39. STEM LAUNCH Relevant Reactions • It is important to open your horizons; one may never know the many abundant opportunities that are available if they do not step out of their comfort zone and explore. (Spelman College, Chemistry/Chemical Engineering ’15 Major) • This experience has opened my eyes to having a career internationally and being involved in foreign engagements. Being a consultant, I would love to travel to Germany again to work alongside one of the companies we visited. (Morehouse College, Industrial Engineering/Applied Physics ’16 Major)
  40. 40. Vision to Reality An Advisor’s Perspective for Pursuing Programming • Revisiting program portfolios • Individual students vs. structured programming • Strategic planning • Less the “why,” more the “how” • Involving offices across organization and/or campus • MOUs: Legacies, creating new partnerships • Identifying partners & partnership opportunities • Provider inquiries: What can be done? • Develop an advising strategy
  41. 41. Finding Funding
  42. 42. Examples of Funding
  43. 43. Funding Options National options • DAAD • Freeman Foundation– funding for co-op in S. East Asia • 100,000 strong • Gilman/ Boren • Pire/NSF/etc Internal sources @ Drexel • Global classroom • $1000 faculty stipend • ITA’s • Assistance for faculty travel to intl conferences. Study Abroad scholarships • Fall 2014 over $43000 in funding disbursed.
  44. 44. Take the Discussion Home How can you develop experiential opportunities for the engineering students you serve? Your Role • Campus – Study Abroad Administrators • Campus – Faculty • Funding Organizations • Providers – Administrators • Providers – Resident Directors
  45. 45. Take the Discussion Home How can you develop experiential opportunities for the engineering students you serve? Who to involve? • Career Services • Faculty/ Academic Advisors • Employers • Agencies/ Providers • Other Resources
  46. 46. Take the Discussion Home How can you develop experiential opportunities for the engineering students you serve? • Learning Objectives/ Goals of New Programming • Funding Opportunities • Logistics • Risk Management – Health, Safety, Liability
  47. 47. Additional Resources • NAFSA Underrepresentation in Education Abroad Subcommittee • Diversity Abroad • IIE • 2009 White Paper & Downloadable Presentation: Promoting Study Abroad in Science and Technology Fields • NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) • Global E3 – international engineering consortium • Funding resources: Boren, Gilman, Provider $$$
  48. 48. Questions?

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