18 12 / 2013
"As a co-op for Marathon Petroleum Company, I worked to help optimize many different processes, from work flow practices, to gasoline blend recipes. I worked as a young professional, with the help of a mentor to complete "value add" tasks for the company each co-op term.
One of my favorite parts of my co-op experience was the ownership of projects. I was able to act as a young engineer, collect and analyze data, and make decisions on my own. Being able to witness and be a critical role in equipment failure, equipment replacement, and future preventative maintenance efforts, truly was exciting.
Being co-op so young was scary, you are thrust into a professional environment most haven’t seen. I grew not only in my technical skills, but also in basic professional skills (speaking, presentation making, communication skills). Most of all I emerged with confidence that I had the schooling and basic professional skills to be a successful young professional upon graduation.
Having an office, dedicated to helping students find co-op and internship abilities is unique and awesome, take advantage of this huge opportunity, that students at other Universities do not have!”