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Medical College of Wisconsin

Cancer Researcher

June - August 2020 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

All of the people I worked with were super great and I really learned a lot from this research position!

What I wish was different

I wish we would have been in person but due to COVID, that was not possible.

Advice

I would suggest staying on top of your independent project and taking in as much information as you can
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

As a SPUR intern, I liked the people I worked with. I wanted the equipment and techniques I used.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have to learn more techniques. Also, I wish that I like the topic I was working on.

Advice

Do not beat yourself up when science does not work. It will ruin your entire experience.
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PURE Intern

June - August 2021 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I loved the small knit community we created through discussing sample cases in Genetic Counseling. The faculty and staff we worked with were amazing and made the experiences fun, informative, and comfortable.

What I wish was different

Due to COVID, the internship was online, I would have preferred an in person opportunity with a stipend - but these factors were out of my control.

Advice

Go for it! The PURE internship taught me a lot and helped me to better understand clinical genetics topics.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

July - September 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

It was great working alongside a professor who could walk me through all of the technical knowledge that I was unfamiliar with. It was my first experience working with cadavers so this was a great experience applying what I am studying to what I am interested in.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed on with the team throughout the school year.

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach to out to people. You never know what will come of it and the experiences can be amazing.
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Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I liked the people I worked with. I was able to laugh and learn with them.

What I wish was different

I wished there was more opportunity to interact with people within the lab.

Advice

Be willing to ask questions.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May 2019 • Wawatosa, WI

What I liked

I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility that my project and professor offered. There was a lot of creative freedom in coming up with new protocols and procedures in collaboration with my professors on the project.

What I wish was different

I wished that there was more communication with my professor. There was a lot of freedom which was nice to have and I understand that they are busy people but there was little communication on the next steps of my project at times.

Advice

Do research on the project you will be apart of and the professor you will be working with and ask as many questions about the project as you can.
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SPARCC

June - August 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I was able to interact with multiple moving parts in health care (Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors, Clinical Research Coordinators, PhDs, etc) from a clinical approach, scientific approach and a humanities approach.

What I wish was different

I was a participant during the first year of SPARCC, so there were some kinks that needed to be worked out. However, there was nothing major that I would change.

Advice

Come into the internship with an open mind, and you will be able to explore many different avenues!
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Lab Technician

May - August 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I liked that I worked independently to solve problems and got to learn new computer programs to assist me in my role.

What I wish was different

I wish it wasn’t so open ended. For example, I was just told this is the problem with a recommendation for solving it and I had very little assistance from my supervisor.

Advice

You can find a lot of program tutorials online to help you if needed.
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Human Resources Intern

June - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Welcoming and open environment.

What I wish was different

Longer duration of my internship

Advice

Go into this organization with a driven attitude.
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Undergraduate Summer Researcher

May - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I liked the autonomy my mentor gave me and other interns over the summer. I also liked the philosophy and structure of the internship program that the Medical College of Wisconsin set up. We were adequately trained for our various lab assignments, and our summer culminated with writing an abstract and giving a presentation. Even though I worked long hours and was doing academic work over a summer vacation, it was one of the best summers of my life. I am so appreciative of the program and especially my mentor for their commitment to training undergraduate students in research.

What I wish was different

I have to say that I wish it had actually been longer! I voluntarily kept working in the lab after the internship program ended, until I returned to school for the fall semester.

Advice

Take the application seriously, making sure your essays and resume provide an accurate and attractive representation of yourself for the specific position. A little bit of nervousness for the first days and the final presentation is healthy because it shows you care, and you are more likely to make a purposeful and good first impression. Do not be afraid to admit you don't know the answers to everything; it is a learning experience, they are eager to teach you, and people are not impressed when you lie about knowing something you don't.
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Summer Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

It was a great way to get some more research experience at a world renowned institution. I got to connect with faculty and postdoctoral students who are doing work similar to what I would like to do.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more lab time to work on my research because it was so interesting.

Advice

Through this experience I got to meet many different MD's and PhD's which can be very intimidating. One piece of advice I would give would be to not be afraid to put yourself out there and meet people in other departments and network with them.
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Social Science Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Getting more research experience and a symposium project to add to my resume.

What I wish was different

Daily tasks were dull and required sessions were a waste of time.

Advice

Get Reaearch experience
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Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I enjoyed working with a research team.

What I wish was different

I wish there were shadowing opportunities.

Advice

Take advantage of all the networking opportunities.
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