Science Internships

  • okologische

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    Mar 01, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    Hey,
    Does anyone know of any good research internships? I applied to four and have gotten two nos soo far. I'm now afraid that I wont get anything. I dont know what they want! I have a 3.947 GPA im involved and speak two languages wtf......Is anyone in science, specifially ecology or something related, need an undergraduate paid intern?! LET ME KNOWWW...sorry if i'm ranting, but desperate times call for desperate measures
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    Mar 01, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    What branch of science?

    I did my internship for Aeronautical Science at the local airport.
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    Mar 01, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    Science... ooh, hot.

    You're turning me on...

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  • okologische

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    Mar 01, 2012 8:18 PM GMT
    Ecology or environmental related! But im only a soph soo any research in bio i could do! Also im open to law internships, because i may want to pursue environmental law in the future!
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    Mar 01, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    It may be getting a bit late in the year to apply for summer, but you can check...

    All of the US national laboratories have huge internship programs. The names of the programs have changed over the years but they generally provide housing and transportation and pay a pretty good stipend. You end up doing peon work in somebody's lab. Some students come back to the same labs year after year.

    US Dept. of Energy labs have all kinds of stuff going on, including ecology and molecular biology and other things you might not immediately associate with the energy department.
    NASA centers, EPA labs, USGS, NCAR, etc. etc. likewise
    NOAA Fisheries sometimes has positions - but sometimes students end up stuck on a foreign fishing boat counting fish. Where nobody speaks your language and they all hate you.

    If it's too late for summer, you can set up a "Science and Engineering Research Semester" which is basically the same thing except it's during the school year and you get school credit for it.

    I don't know if it helps with deadlines, but you can bypass the whole selection process if you make contact directly with a specific researcher at one of the labs who can "pre-approve" you. (especially if they pay the costs out of their research budget in stead of the SERS budget.) Butter him or her up. Show your interest and get your name known. Otherwise, there's a huge box of applications that researchers who need help can go fish through, and it's more hit-or-miss.

    You also go to the top of the list if you have some sort of "minority status." (Sorry, "gay" doesn't count.) Generally, you have to be a US citizen.
  • okologische

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    Mar 01, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    thanks for your advice! ill have to check them out! i applied to the serc smithsoian one and the museum of nat history in nyc....still waiting to hear back from those!
  • okologische

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    Mar 01, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    is anyone going to next weeks toxicology conference in san francisco?
  • Pickmansmodel

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    Mar 01, 2012 11:13 PM GMT
    Not sure if you are interested in zoo and aquarium internships - but AZA.org has a jobs/internship listing page that anyone can access from their homepage. That might help!
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    Mar 01, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    I don't know whether NSF REUs pay you, but you can look up some opportunities by discipline here.
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    Mar 02, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    notwendig72 saidHey,
    Does anyone know of any good research internships? I applied to four and have gotten two nos soo far. I'm now afraid that I wont get anything. I dont know what they want! I have a 3.947 GPA im involved and speak two languages wtf......Is anyone in science, specifially ecology or something related, need an undergraduate paid intern?! LET ME KNOWWW...sorry if i'm ranting, but desperate times call for desperate measures


    Ok I'm gonna be as straight forward as it gets, so I apologize ahead of time if I come off as an asshole. Before looking for an internship, you need to find something you're interested in. As in concentrate on one sub-field of science.
    Why? Because you have no experience in the field. You need to show companies/organizations that it's something you're passionate about, and don't just list a whole bunch of stuff you think you might want to do.
    Next, hit up your college career center to see what they can do to help, i.e. fixing up your resume, help you write a cover letter, etc. Another thing you can also do is to talk to professors that teach classes that you're interested in. Ask them if they're doing any research and possibly ask them if you can volunteer/shadow them around the lab to learn more about it. Good luck!