Internships and Research

Finding internships

A Career Advisor will be assigned to the COF community in the University-wide Career Exploration and Development services unit. COF students will participate in required career advising (group and/or 1:1) with the Career Advisor assigned to this career community. The team leverages an industry-focused career community approach, matching career advisors with students based on their career goals and post-graduation aspirations by industry. The career advising team creates a career community by establishing relationships and partnerships with early talent recruiters, alumni within organizations, and organizational leadership to create pipelines for our students from exploration to graduation. COF scholars will receive a variety of career services from each of these career services units like:

  • Career information and counseling about career paths in Ohio
  • Identification of career-related internship and options and opportunities business partners
  • Career preparation, including mock interviews, resume and CV writing support
  • Follow up with career counselors after internship completion for further optimization of preparation for job placement

Other initiatives

College of Aeronautics and Engineering Career Fairs

The College of Aeronautics & Engineering (CAE) Career Service Office hosts two career fairs during each of the fall and spring semesters. There is a pilot-only recruiting career fair held at the Kent State Airport in the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center (FAAC) and a CAE College career fair for all other majors in the college held in the Aeronautics and Engineering Building (AEB) on the Kent campus.

At various times throughout the semester, especially before the career fairs and in support of the First Year Experience classes that require students to prepare a resume, CAE Career Services hosts “drop-in” sessions in the lobby of the AEB. Students can get a quick resume review or ask interview prep questions on their way to and from classes.

In addition, when requested by faculty in advance, the members of the CAE Career Services office visit CAE classes to give presentations on resume preparation, how to find internships/co-ops and other professional development related information. The CAE Career Services Office hosts organizations, such as the U.S. Marines, once a semester in which they engage with students by exhibiting their flight simulators in AEB. Employers, for example, Goodyear and various regional airlines, frequently visit the AEB of FAAC to perform student interviews.

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A Flashternship is Kent State University’s job shadow program (sometimes referred to as an externship or micro-internship) for freshmen and sophomore students to explore various professions. Students may have opportunities to:

  • Follow and observe a professional on the job
  • Socialize with and ask questions of professionals
  • Participate in company projects
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Tour the company and meet to key employee
  • Engage in conversations with clientele
  • Meet with HR staff to understand what they look for when hiring college graduates

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Industry-Specific Networking Events

Each year Career Exploration and Development hosts and/or supports the coordination of 20+ career fair and networking events. Students in the COF program will have the opportunity to participate in any or all of them, and will be directed to two hallmark events for the STEM fields.

  • IS/IT Expo:  Students from any academic major have the opportunity to explore the various career paths and functional areas within Information Technology and Information Science, learning directly from current industry professionals.
  • IS/IT Meet and Greet: The IS/IT Meet & Greet is an opportunity for students to learn more about the field. Area employers will be representing departments and positions all across the IS/IT spectrum including: Information Technology, Frontend and Backend Development; Software Development; Engineering; Security; and more!

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Research Experiences

Research internships will be provided by three university-wide programs at Kent State that will be open to all COF scholars.

BHRI Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

An immersive program for COF students interested in neuroscience research that includes research-intensive experiences in neuroscience labs as well as individual mentoring, skills training and career development support, followed by a capstone presentation of their research.

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McNair Scholars Program

An eight-week Summer Research Institute where Kent State McNair Scholars work with faculty mentors on selected research topics to learn the basic principles for conducting successful research and present their research projects to the University Community. This will be open to first-generation and low-income COF students.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

An eight-week summer program for COF students to engage in faculty-supervised research, provided with a $2,800 stipend and on-campus housing.

  • Ann Gosky (Director, Division of Research and Sponsored Programs)

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Please contact our Career Services Directors below.

Justin Edwards (Executive Director, Career Exploration and Development at the Kent Campus)

Danielle Muckley Scerbovsky (Director of External Affairs, College of Aeronautics & Engineering) 

Visit the Career Exploration & Development Webpage  

Visit the CAE Career Services Webpage        

Shaan Fowler (Assistant Director for Employer Relations & Internships, Career Services at Stark Campus)

Chris Paveloi (Assistant Director for Career Services, Career Services at Stark Campus)

Visit the Stark Internship & Career Services Webpage

Laurie Donley (Campus Director, Career Resources and Exploration at Tuscarawas Campus)

Visit Tuscarawas Jobs & Internships Webpage