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NSF International

Researcher

June - August 2021 • Binghamton, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed the environment and the opportunity to be in the same facilities as a Nobel Prize winner.

What I wish was different

It was a little difficult working with a research team that had high standards, but overall it was good.

Advice

I would definitely study a bit about the field you're going into and try to review some of the techniques they implement to reduce the time spent struggling
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Environmental Science Intern

April 2019 • Pensacola, FL

What I liked

I learned a lot more about applications associated with my major and communicating with others. It was extremely helpful in understanding more about what career I want in the future.

What I wish was different

I wish more time could’ve been dedicated to my internship I worked another job at the time and it became a little complex to balance both.

Advice

It is important to follow directions and learn as much as you can during your experiences. There are some wonderful opewrtunities out there but it is up to you to make the most out of them.
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Research Intern

January - December 2019 • Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo

What I liked

This internship has been incredible! I was afforded the opportunity to work side-by-side with international students and faculty, as well as a diverse group of domestic students and faculty. I deeply appreciated the hospitality of Minera Boleo for hosting us and allowing us to gain real experience in the mining industry. This internship has given me incredible research and career experience, not to mention the networking connections I have made as a result.

What I wish was different

This NSF funded research experience has been absolutely wonderful, and to be honest, I don't have any major critiques. Dr. Tina Niemi ran the program seamlessly, I always felt prepared and in-the-know. If I ever had a question, Dr. Niemi (or any of the participating faculty), was prompt and thorough in response and genuinely took care to make sure that we were in sync. From international travel to living on an active copper mine for a month, I can't express enough how excellent communication between students and faculty ensued.

Advice

Go for it! Any student pursuing a career path in Geology should absolutely apply. This experience has been incredible for me personally, and I think that anyone participating has walked away with invaluable experience and connections.
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Biology Research Intern

June - October 2019 • Whittier, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed learning how to do research and about cancer cells

What I wish was different

I wish we would have had more guidance

Advice

I think everybody should at least try once to do research it helps you gain scientist skills and especially if pursuing biology
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Knoxville, TN

What I liked

New place. Interesting work. New people

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Be patient with your project
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Mathematician Intern

June - August 2019 • San Marcos, TX

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Definitely apply to places that are out of your comfort zone. Going to Texas for the summer was a big step, but the experience was well worth the risk.
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Intern (Market Analysis)

May - August 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to apply what I have been learning in business school into every day interactions with co-workers and my projects. Andrew (my supervisor) was easy to work with despite my changing hockey schedule and he always allowed me to have control over the projects. We also reconnected once or twice a week to discuss challenges on the projects and cover any questions I might have. I was also able to present my projects in front of business development personnel across the company.

What I wish was different

I wish that I would have been able to fully experience all areas of value delivery that NSF has to offer. I was hired by sustainability, but wish I could have experienced other sectors for a day or two just to get a full feeling of what NSF does each day. We did visit the Ann Arbor labs, but never really interacted with other departments too much.

Advice

I would say CONSTANTLY ASK QUESTIONS! Being an intern, the company does not expect you to create their next best selling product or walk on water. They understand that you are trying to gain experience and learn. Being open to learning is essential to a great internship experience.
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