Co-op Student at ExxonMobil
How did you hear about the co-op opportunity?
I heard about co-ops through Professional Practice Division Database (P2D2), which is now the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2). This department focuses on connecting students with internships and programs.
Why did you take advantage of this opportunity? What factors led to your decision in accepting the internship?
My primary reason for seeking this co-op was to gain work experience. I had none to speak of when I came to Tech as a freshman. I continued with the co-op because it paid very well and opened up excellent post-graduation career opportunities with ExxonMobil.
How did you apply for the co-op?
I submitted my resume to P2D2 and was selected for an on-campus interview. The location had very little impact on my decision but, given a choice, I may choose to work in Texas but not in the Houston area.
Where was the co-op? Did the location play a part in your internship choice?
The co-op was in Baytown, Texas, just east of Houston.
What did you get out of the experience? Did the co-p help in solidifying your degree choice?
I learned about jobs in the petroleum industry as well as piping and pressure vessels and several kinds of analysis software including ABAQUS (for finite element analysis). It certainly helped me choose to stay with Mechanical Engineering.
Would you recommend this co-op to others?
What advice would you give to students this recruitment season?
The best time to start a co-op is sophomore year. Internships are probably similar, but you have more freedom in when you choose to go because interning only takes one semester. If you’re looking to do something the summer of freshman year, consider study abroad (especially if you’re an out-of-state student).
Joseph, a 4th year Mechanical Engineering major, is involved with GT Trailblazers and Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech because he loves camping and other outdoor activities. To keep fit, Joseph also takes Hapkido lessons at the Campus Recreation Center.
There is a strong chance that Joseph will continue to work for ExxonMobil after graduating because of his co-op. He is still exploring career opportunities but considers ExxonMobil hard to beat as an employer.