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Michigan State University

Undergraduate Research Assistant

June 2022 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Great experience working along side PhD students and post-docs while gaining a strong sense of workplace and research responsibilities

What I wish was different

Not much I would change if anything at all

Advice

If you're looking to gain experience in a genomics research lab, this is the place!
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Intern

May - August 2022 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

networking

What I wish was different

workload and communication

Advice

Research the internship before you apply and ask lots of questions about the job in the interview to see if its a good fit.
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Research Assistant for Prospect Development

June 2022 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the work environment that I was in. It's a very quiet workspace and that I can put my headphones in and just get to work. Having the ability to have two computers side by side was also a huge plus when it came to doing projects and excel sheets while working. The work hours are also super flexible around your class schedule, or if you can't make it into work because of something going on, they are very understanding as long as you're getting your work done.

What I wish was different

I honestly don't think there's anything I would change or want to be different while working here. Having the flexible hours, a good hourly wage as a student, and not having strenuous work were all great things.

Advice

I would advise new workers to not be too stressed when working at a new job and to always email your coworkers if anything comes up, or if you were to leave work early. Also, to do your work in a timely manner and to not put it off if it's a low workload.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

December 2021 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

How flexible the job is, I can work as much or as little as I want/need.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I enjoyed the entire experience.

Advice

The atmosphere is very enjoyable, I really enjoy doing research here.
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virtual intern

June - August 2022 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked meeting new companies and their workers who described their day to day jobs.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more specific assignments.

Advice

I think it is important to find what you are interested in and reach out to others to develop your skills for the future.
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Research Intern

May - July 2022 • Montpellier, Hérault

What I liked

I appreciated the opportunity to cooperate with French and American students and advisors on research with the intention of making water treatment more affordable and accessible.

What I wish was different

Because we were the first cohort to work on the project, we had a bit of a slow start to the summer's research. I wish the parameters of our work had been better defined prior to our departure. However, we still were able to get some good work in.

Advice

Don't be afraid to reach out to professors to find domestic or international research opportunities, but also don't shy away from advisors on projects whom you may not be as familiar with. They are a great resource, especially in the area of research where fresh eyes never hurt!
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Research

September 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I like the experience that I have gotten, and the pay is good for the amount of time that I put in.

What I wish was different

I wish that this job was in person, but I don't blame anyone for the fact that it is not.

Advice

Make sure that you take this job seriusly from the start. Even though this isn't a typical enviornment, the research we do is just as important.
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Communication

September 2021 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the ease of application when applying for this job.

What I wish was different

More job information specifically about position

Advice

Always do your outfit research not just following this job description
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Research Assistant

May - August 2021 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Interesting topics of research.

What I wish was different

We were a bit limited by COVID, but that is likely to change in the future.

Advice

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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2021 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Interesting machine learning challenges with MRI images.

What I wish was different

Being virtual wasn't ideal, but that's more a Covid problem than a problem with the internship in specific.

Advice

Meet as many people as possible. If you're working on a research project, plan out what you would like to do as soon as possible.
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Chemistry Research Intern

April - July 2021 • Lansing, MI

What I liked

The graduate students, advisors, and faculty were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. The cohort of interns was made up of people from across the country and many universities, so getting to know them was a great part of the experience. Along with completing a mentored research project (paper, PPT presentation, and poster), we got to share our work at a virtual conference and complete “short courses” with papers and presentations built into the week. I really enjoyed the meetings with advisors about the process of applying to graduate programs, and lots of opportunities to get advice from current students.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to attend this program as a residential internship with the cohort. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of my experience was virtual. It was amazing, but getting to spend time with the other students would have been great!

Advice

Commit yourself to the experience! In a summer-long program like this, staying on track and really putting in your best effort into your work will help you learn as much as possible.
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Student Designer

June 2021 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Pay attention to the small details in design, because they matter
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

September 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

It was very interesting being able to learn the hands-on experience of a researcher and conducting my own experiments.

What I wish was different

The hourly commitment was very low, and I wish I was able to assist on other projects.

Advice

Never be afraid to talk to people you know about your interests!
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Research Assistant

May 2019 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I loved gaining the experience needed for a potential career path, as well as learning more about how research works while performing studies/experiments and what happens afterward. I made a lot of connections as well!

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

It is crucial that you are able to successfully manage your time, as well as follow the rules of the research lab and contracts you have signed. Never give out any information about participants and, sometimes, the study!
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - September 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

This job gave me experience working on research within my discipline. I enjoyed working with faculty members in my department/college on work related to both my major and minor.

What I wish was different

My work was able to be conducted remotely, but it would have been a nice experience to have been able to go to archives and meet with the faculty members I was working with in person rather than remotely.

Advice

Research opportunities as an undergrad, especially in a field like history, gives you great experience and knowledge about if you'd be interested in more research work in the future or even graduate school.
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Human Resources Intern

January - March 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

The people

What I wish was different

The timing, COVID ended it

Advice

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Nursing Research Assistant

March 2019 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

It is a new experience for nursing students. I am able to work closely with the Nursing Professors and form new skills in scholarship and writing. Scheduling is really flexible and the work is not too overwhelming with my classes.

What I wish was different

I would've like to have increased my hours.

Advice

Ask many questions to make sure you are doing the work correctly.
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New Student Orientation Leader

May - August 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I really enjoyed getting to meet the incoming students. I know that things might have looked different for their orientation experience due to the pandemic. However, I enjoyed hearing why they chose to come to Michigan State University, what their major is, and any other passions that they wanted to share. Also, we got to have meetings with the students where we would tell them about useful resources (tutoring etc), clubs, and helped them create their class schedule for their first year at college. I was even able to tell them some of my personal experiences and what I have learned so far to try to ease their nerves. It was a great experience and I am truly grateful for it.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have met them all in person, but safety comes first! I am glad that I at least got to hear and see a lot of their faces. I cannot complain though because I know a lot of people have had it hard this year. I believe my experience was overall pretty great.

Advice

Keep in mind that you may only meet these students one time and may never see them again (which is unfortunate). But, I say that because that means you want to create the BEST experience for them as much as possible. Smile! Joke around with them! Do not be afraid to give them advice, especially if they ask for it. Give them the hope and happiness that you have and they will enter MSU with that same feeling. They need that! I know that I do not have the power to make anyone happy and hopeful, but I do know that I have the power to remind them that they have that sense of happiness and hope within themselves.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

April 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

The job was very flexible, and I was working remotely due to COVID. I loved the project I was working on and my mentor was very helpful not just with work related but also with general questions.

What I wish was different

Advice

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research assistant

August 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Make my own hours, mentorship, own project, leadership opportunity

What I wish was different

Better pay

Advice

Take advantage of opportunities
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