STEM Intern & Co-op and Employer of the Year Awards

Click HERE to download the Intern/Co-op of the Year Application Packet or click HERE to submit your application.

The College of STEM recognizes notable achievement and excellence by annually recognizing up to two outstanding students who have excelled in or made a significant impact in experiential learning between September 1st  of the previous year and August 31st  of the nominating year.

Award recipients will receive a spotlight in the STEM newsletter and on the STEM webpage, and a nomination for the national CEIA Student Achievement Award.The College of STEM recognizes outstanding students in two categories, including:

Intern of the Year Award, 2020-2021

Recognizes an outstanding student that has completed at least one semester of internship experience during Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021. Nominated student must be affiliated with an internship program that is recognized by the College of STEM through a registered experience. The University must support the internship in some capacity. (This award may not be given if an insufficient number of students apply).

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Current Recipient: Kara Bischoff, Chemical Engineering
Learn more about the current Intern of the Year*.
List of Past Recipients*

Co-op of the Year Award, 2020-2021

Recognizes an outstanding student that has completed at least one semester of co-op experience during the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. Nominated student must be affiliated with a cooperative education program that is recognized by the College of STEM through a registered experience. The University must support the internship in some capacity. (This award may not be given if an insufficient number of students apply).

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Current Recipient: Tyler Leibengood, Physics & Mathematics
Learn more about the current Co-op of the Year*.
List of Past Recipients*.

INTERN EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR, 2020-2021

Current Recipient: Ultium Cells (GM | LG Chem joint venture)

CO-OP EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD, 2020-2021

Current Recipient: NASA Glenn Research Center

Award Submission Process:

To submit your application, drop it off to the STEM Professional Services office in Moser 2095 or submit HERE
A student must have registered the internship or co-op to be eligible for this award.  The following information and supporting documents are required for a complete application for the Intern of the Year or Co-op of the Year Award. 

1. Resume

The judges will not be rating the resume, rather using it as a guide to gain a better understanding of the student and make potential suggestions for making the application stronger for potential submission to other awards!

2. Student Statement

The judges will be reviewing each nomination to see how well the student integrated the experiential learning experience into his/her academic and career pursuits.

  • 1000 word maximum
  • Emphasis on reflection and application vs. nature of work or industry where you participated
  • Examples and descriptions of insights you gleaned into company, industry and/or occupation/profession you would not have had without this specific experience
  • How did you grow from this experience?
  • Did the experience confirm or shift your intended career plans?
  • Any awards, achievements, and honors received during the experience

3. Employer Statement

The judges will be reviewing each nomination for details/examples of how the student’s work-related duties as well as both the quantity and quality of their work positively impacted the company/organization.

  • 1000 word maximum
  • Specific examples demonstrating the student’s initiative and creativity in approaching their assigned work tasks/projects 
  • Commentary on student’s drive, professionalism or attitude
  • A detailed description of what makes this student outstanding
  • Any awards or recognition or extended offer to continue employment (internship/co-op/full-time) with company or organization

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021


How are the Intern & Co-op of the Year Award Winners selected?

  •   A Selection Committee of 3 YSU College of STEM faculty and staff from various departments review all student award nomination packets for both awards.  Each judge reviews each nomination and completes a standardized judging rubric*, adopted from CEIA, to determine his/her/their preferred candidate to be Award winner for each award. The results from the judging rubric of each judge are compiled to determine the winner for each award. 

When will you know if you won an award?

  • You will be notified during mid-October 2021 whether your application was selected by the awards selection committee.

Click HERE to download the Intern/Co-op of the Year Application Packet or click HERE to submit your application.

Questions about Intern & Co-op of the Year applications or criteria can be directed to: qgtran@ysu.edu