This fall, I was fortunate enough to participate in an operations engineer co-op at PCC Structurals, Inc. From my experience, here are four tips for students going into future manufacturing roles.
How I broke into an industry I knew nothing about
In this blog post, I’ll share how I went from knowing nothing to having multiple internships, research experience and leadership positions in the nuclear industry. While this post is about my experience breaking into nuclear, it can be equally applied to any industry.
3 steps to land an internship
Everyone has a list of their dream companies they’d like to work for, but sometimes the expectations don’t meet reality. It is important to choose the most suitable company. The following steps will help you come across opportunities not generally seen from the surface.
Full-Time or Masters?
There is no “right” answer. Each option is a great choice and will lead you to many different opportunities. Check out this post to find out why Leah decided on the to pursue a master’s degree.
Transitioning from school to work life
I completed my first internship last summer and I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of differences between college and work life. Even though they’re fundamentally different in nature, there are some qualities that can become habits to ensure a smooth transition.
The Co-op Connection: Landing the job
If you’re like me and don’t exactly know what you want to do after graduation, but desire a real, hands-on way of exploring engineering, consider a co-op. A co-op is an extended internship that can also count as a technical elective.
Personalize Recruiting: Making it Easier to Land that Job Offer
The start of the semester is everybody’s favorite time of the year. With the Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) Career Fair marking the advent of the unofficial recruiting season for many companies, there’s no doubt that an unrecognized wave of anxiety rushes over our collective student body. While this season can often be stressful as students research companies, freshen up their resumes and try to figure out how to craft that perfect cover letter, sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference when landing that dream job.
My journey from NASA Competition Team Leader to NASA Internship
By the end of my sophomore year, I had a 3.66 GPA and was involved in activities on campus, but I had no engineering work experience. In my mind, it was highly unlikely that I’d end up with an internship, much less one at NASA.
In this blog post, Leah talks about how COVID-19 affected her spring internship with NASA.
Why I chose Petroleum Engineering
When I moved to Houston, Texas in 7th grade, I had no idea what the oil and gas or greater energy industries were. As a kid, I understood that people drove cars to get places and they went to the gas station to fill up their cars with fuel. That was the extent of my oil and gas knowledge up until high school. Junior year, I started thinking about possible majors in college and became interested in energy. My source of information, Google, helped me understand our global energy demand, energy independence and energy sources. This is where I first read about petroleum engineering.
Acing the Interview Process
Interviewing for a full-time job after college can be a daunting process. I’m sharing three lessons I learned on my journey to help make the process less stressful.
Networking at work…what?
Juan Cardenas shares a short list of best ways to build a network away from College Station, and how this has helped him take his summer experiences to the next level.
Internship tips from Gabby Joubran
I have been fortunate to have an internship every summer since my freshman year and I cannot stress enough how helpful it has been towards my development and how it enhanced my college experience.
NASA’s 6.2 Million Gallon Swimming Pool
Yep! That’s right, NASA has a giant swimming pool in Houston: The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
Taking a Leap of Faith
In April 2018, I was given the opportunity to leave my comfort zone and pursue my professional dreams. Everything sounded great, but I would have to leave Texas and move to South Carolina in less than 30 days. Even though I knew no one out there, I decided to pursue this endeavor and take this leap of faith.
To Intern or Not To Intern
There’s so much to love about summer internships. Aside from gaining work experience, getting paid and increasing your network, summer internships are awesome for building your independence and transitioning into the “real world” after college.
5 Comforting Facts About Your First Internship
New to the world of internships? It can be intimidating, but Abbey Phillips is here with five facts to give you comfort during this brand new experience.