Jobs, Co-ops and Internships
The Internship Advantage
Internships enhance classroom learning by integrating real-world work experience, confirming or redirecting career decision-making, improving job opportunities after graduation, providing networking opportunities, and supplementing income while earning a degree. Part of a student's education is learning what is required of them to be a professional. Going through the professional application process early in their college career will make preparing a resume/cover letter and interviewing second nature by the time the student is ready to graduate. Several CAEST students worked internships during the 2013-2014 year and have graciously provided quotes describing their experiences.
"My internship with NASA Glenn Research Center represents the single most valuable contributor to my college education. While at NASA, I discovered that NASA employs some of the brightest and most prolific people in the science and engineering fields. The resulting academic environment was extremely stimulating and motivating. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to have experts explain their research to me, show me their research facilities, and generally involve me in their work. There are few places in the world where people are so passionate about the organization for which they work, and the work which they do there. My colleagues motivated me to think harder, to work smarter and to immerse myself in the NASA culture. My work at NASA also gave me a much more concrete idea of the direction I would like my career to go. This discovery has allowed me to better plan my future education, and has given me an idea of the steps I need to take to secure my desired career. Just doing this one internship will give me a much better chance of securing another work experience, as I have been able to network effectively and prove my own skills to the largest aerospace research organization in the world. Having this experience has given me the confidence and motivation that I need to continue my education, and move forward on a path toward a meaningful career in research and technology." B. K.
"BGI is a very special place and filled with some of the brightest minds in aviation. It is very humbling to be a part of it. There's a lot from the internship experience that I'm sure will pay dividends for me some time later in life. I'm lucky and proud to be with BGI. It is awesome to have a job you can brag about." E. Q.
"Interning at Quality Resources, LLC allowed me to pursue a career in corporate and business aviation that I previously never thought of as an opportunity. Aviation departments are looking to hire people with experience and doing an internship is a great way to build valuable experience. Kent State University's new internship program incentivizes area businesses to hire interns, which in turn will help the students succeed in their careers." C.O.
"Interning with Parker is a great opportunity where I get to see and work with engineering principles and procedures, while gaining real world experience from a Fortune 500 company that cannot be taught in the class room." A.G.
National Heat Exchange CC -"This internship has allowed me to apply my Kent State education to a real-world professional environment while earning a wage and gaining experience necessary for being competitive in the post-graduation career search." K.S.