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Internships

sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
edited August 2009 in High School Life
I am a rising sophmore that would like to get an internship at a lab. Any suggestions on how to?
edited August 2009
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  • desi_chickdesi_chick 1588 replies104 threads Senior Member
    contact professors at a university by emailing them/calling them.
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  • HurtHurt 384 replies37 threads Member
    Take AP Bio/Chem.

    Apply. :)
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    now lets say ive taken honors biology and am going to take honors chemistry is that good enough
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  • fairy_dreamsfairy_dreams 3365 replies12 threads Senior Member
    ...........Then it looks as if you're trying to get a teacher, not an internship.
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    also are internships only availiable in the summer and is there anyone here who was in high school and got a good internship that helped them to get into top ivy league schools
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    well id like to get the experience of working in a laboratory setting
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  • pinkslippinkslip 384 replies16 threads Member
    get a job at mcdonalds. you'll learn much more
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  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 333 replies9 threads Member
    Hey,

    I have a lab internship, and what I did was just email a couple professors, and just mentioned how I was interested in a specific aspect of their research and if they would talk to me about that topic or let me help them out.

    Science Buddies: How to Find a Mentor

    If you have any questions (like about what topic I research, where I research, when I started), feel free to ask. It's an AMAZING experience. :). If you life sort of nearby, I can give you some suggestions about places to ask.
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    so which courses have you taken and what grade were you in when you got your intenrship at a lab and is this internship a full year one and where is your internship and were the professors willing to give you one
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    and is it an unpaid internship
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  • meadow36meadow36 5494 replies126 threads Senior Member
    You'll need much more science background then just High School level Bio and Chem...if you expect any legitimate un-paid internship.

    Unless you have a serious interest, in science I doubt any prof would be willing to take you in. At the moment you just look like you are app-padding.
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  • HurtHurt 384 replies37 threads Member
    Eh, I disagree with these guys here. Some of my friends (rising seniors) applied to biotech and such companies in San Diego and some are doing lab work, others research. It's just like any other app., you fill it out, send it in, pray they want you. AP Chem and Bio would not hurt.
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    well im taking AP Bio my junior year but id really like the internship since im really interested in the field and it would help me in the Intel Science Talent Search
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    so lets say i do the internship while taking i general biology course at a local community college would that help me get an unpaid internship with a professor at like Hamilton College or the local Utica College or at some Centrex Laborastories
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  • raideraderaiderade 2319 replies180 threads- Senior Member
    I'll give you a great link which is a thread from Cogito (a math/science forum). A professor from Johns Hopkins replied about how to best go about getting a lab internship.

    I was asked to comment on the topic of internships because I have interns in my lab now and have in the past. I am a professor at Johns Hopkins and I run a research laboratory. I understand that it must be intimidating to think about how to approach someone you don't know, and that is why, when students do approach me, I tend to pay attention. It is getting over the hump of shyness to put yourself out there that is important. Even if there isn't a place for you, be active. Incidentally, the advice posted by Kallisti is "spot on" and I'll add just a bit more.

    A research lab is not summer camp. It is a commitment to work and to learn. It is serious business--everyone in my lab is expected to get results so that (1) the lab stays funded and they can get a salary and (2) their individual careers progress. For these reasons, labs and lab directors can be a little hesitant to take on young people. Young people may not have the "maturity" necessary to interact with the older lab members, they probably won't have the scientific background, and there are definite hazards in the laboratory. Institutions will have age restrictions on who can work in a lab because of liability issues. In short, taking an intern is a major responsibility for the lab.

    When you write to a professor, you need to introduce yourself, convey your interest in science and research, and ask if there might be space in their lab for someone like you to work. It is useful to have some kind of credibility for these interests--e.g., you belong to the high school science club, you participate in CTY activities (or other equivalent programs), you want to do a school honor's project in the lab and can get a letter from your science teacher regarding your project. Money is always tight so you should not expect to be paid (but if you work out, the lab director will be more than happy to have you back and to pay you). For starters, though, you say that you'll be more than happy to work as an unpaid intern and that you're willing to do whatever is asked for this opportunity. Once you've proven yourself to be a valuable contributor, you can worry about payment. The first thing is to get your foot in the door and to get a chance. The other important factor is to state that you understand that research is a long-term commitment and that you're interested in working even during the school year and vacations so that your progress continues. Labs are not interested in taking an intern just so that the person can make his or her college application look good. I interview everyone who enters my lab and during an interview, such shallow motivations can usually be revealed. I only seek students who really want to learn and work. In the end, it will be up to each individual to convince the lab to accept you as an intern.
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads 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.
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  • raideraderaiderade 2319 replies180 threads- Senior Member
    So sorry, I misworded my post. From "I was asked to comment..." down is the JHU professor.
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  • tsubomi1993tsubomi1993 333 replies9 threads 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
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads Member
    see your luckyu since you intern at columbia how far is it from your house i might try hamilton
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  • sohaibshaikhsohaibshaikh 323 replies55 threads 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
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