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Replies to: Internships

  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    See Ive only take an honors biology course but took the SAT II for biology and scored a 760 and am going to take honors chemistry the first semester of my sophmore year and will take the chemistry SAT II. See I really want to work in a laboratory and I will work throughout the entire schoolyear except for maybe summers when I go to like some SSP like Harvard or Cornell. I am really interested in science and see getting an internship job as an oppurtunity to obtain a good background in biology. I would like to major in biochemistry or biophysics. I am really interested in science. It has always been my dream to work in a laboratory. So I was wondering if you had any suggestions for any lab internships around the New Hartford, NY area in certain colleges or labs. And I would just like to ask what kind of applications former interns have submitted to you and obtained acceptance and also could you give me the Cogito link.
  • raideraderaiderade - Posts: 2,499 Senior Member
    So sorry, I misworded my post. From "I was asked to comment..." down is the JHU professor.
  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    @sohaibsaikh: To answer your questions, I was in sophomore year when I started.

    I intern at Columbia University researching alternative energy techniques. My professor never really asked me what courses I had taken, but last year I was taking AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Calculus. But once again, my professor never really asked for my classes, he seemed more intent on the enthusiasm of the student to read papers and such.

    My professor is AMAZING, he is really enthusiastic and gives you an opportunity to do real, independent reseach, and says he loves working with high school students. But I'm lucky, I heard some stories about professors that don't really care. My internship is unpaid, but I really don't mind, because the experience and the people I meet is really exciting.

    I want to major in physics or mathematics, so this really interested me. I think year-long internships are good because you normally can take the time to run detailed experiments and thorough research.

    I'm not sure if that helped, but if you have any more questions you can let me know :p
  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    see your luckyu since you intern at columbia how far is it from your house i might try hamilton
  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    and yeah theres no way as a sophmore i could take an ap math or science since high school where i go doesnt start until grade 10 so i cant double up on anything as a freshman if i did i would take ap bio as a sophmore
  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    @sohaibshaikh: Columbia is about an hour away from my house by train. It sounds far, but I take classes there so it's worth the commute. Plus I think the abundance of resources and opportunities there makes it really worthwhile. And I can take a nap on the train :p

    Don't worry about your courseload. My professor never even ASKED me what classes I had taken. Maybe that's just him, but really, I think if you're willing to put in the time and effort to learn material relevant to the research topic THAT'S what they care about.

    I hope that helps! :)
  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    You could maybe look at NYU, I know someone that interns there. Or Columbia :) :)
  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    i dont know how i could get there though if i work every day NYU is like a 4 hr train ride and columbia as well is a 4hr train ride the closes university to my house is hamilton college about a 15 min ride by car and its like in the top 50 colleges
  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    Oh yeah 4 hours is kind of crazy. I think internships at colleges or universities are good because they normally are at the forefront of active research and are continously doing high quality research, often for the sake of just research. A lot of times you can get access to libraries and facilities also :p
  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    yeah so if i want to contact a hamilton professsor for an internship how should i do it
  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 Registered User Posts: 342 Member
    Email them. A brief, polite email is normally best. Show them that is this isn't just a resume padding opportunity, but something you're really passionate about doing. Talk about how you want to go into the field, and how their research interests you. Mention a specific aspect of their research. Also go over your time commitment. Remember to thank them graciously at the end for their time. If you want, I can PM you the email I sent.

  • justaverage010justaverage010 Registered User Posts: 442 Member
    I have a soon-to-be paid internship at NIH (non-lab but w/e). I worked pretty hard to get it, so here are some things that I learned I think you should consider...

    connections - think hard, do you have any friend's parents/sibling's friend's parents/ family friends that work in labs? If so, talk to them and see what they know about their lab's internship program. Chances are they, or a co-worker/friend, might be interested in having a intern. Things should work out from here if this works. Sound as intelligent, interested and polite as possible in any email contact, attach a nice resume.

    school contacts -- I hate to say this, but talk to your guidance counselor and see if they have any internship programs with labs. For all you know they could -- a lab takes near me takes a lot of interns from our school district. They have an application for just for local hs students, and as long as they have space in your area of interest and you're a good student you'll get a position -- I think.

    I hope this made sense/helped. idk, I'm really tired.
  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh Registered User Posts: 378 Member
    okay so i got the email from the professor at hamilton and see was interested by the fact that i wanted an internship. She said that interns require lab supervision making it difficult to work during weekends or evenings so I need to be available after school. The main issue is that until October I have soccer after school. What should I do?
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