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Stony Brook University

Student Technologist

June 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work outside of my comfort zone with public speaking until public speaking became a part of my comfort zone. I also liked that the job incorporated parts of public speaking, graphic design, my major (biology) and helping other students.

What I wish was different

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Psychologist Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I liked interviewing people and collecting data about their experiences of ageism In the United States. I felt like I was involved in a study that will contribute to breaking down negative stereotypes.

What I wish was different

I wish they were accepting more research assistants for the Fall 2019 semester. I had to look for another position. But it was still a great experience!

Advice

Look for a research position you are passionate about relating to your major. Study the previous research lab’s work and talk about your goals when interviewing
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Research assistant

August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Great staff and teamwork

What I wish was different

Hours

Advice

Great insight in research
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Student Assistant

May 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Convenience of working schedule that enabled me to work and attend classes.

What I wish was different

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Laboratory Researcher

November 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I liked how flexible my schedule was over the summer. I was taking three summer classes and the members of the lab were extremely understanding of my other obligations. Being a part of a team and knowing you have the support of your colleagues is an amazing feeling. Anytime I was not doing school work, I came into lab to continue whatever work I was doing prior.

What I wish was different

I wish I was not taking summer classes along with this position. I was working in the lab at nonconventional hours. I spent most of the beginning of the day busy with classes and would spend the rest of the day doing research. My hours were not ideal, but I was able to dedicate enough time and more to be able to do my work. If I was less stressed out, I would've enjoyed myself more than I already did.

Advice

Whatever you decide you want to do, make sure you schedule your time well to get everything you need to do done. Be organized and think ahead of time what you want your next few months to look like. Preparing in advance will only help whatever experience you wish to pursue!
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Lead Reservations Assistant

August 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I really like how supportive the office is and the experience it has with departments and external organizations. It was great to learn about google spreadsheets, VISIO diagrams, and 25Live Pro. I feel prepared to learn different types of programs that I am unfamiliar with. You get a lot of experience with public relations and communications.

What I wish was different

In some ways I wish I was able to apply my studies to my job; I didn't really feel like my interests were applicable at times. There were times I wished the office environment was different as well.

Advice

This is great for students looking to understand what it is like to work in an office, to work in higher education, and to work in event planning. If you are looking for business or financial careers, this could be great too. However, if you are STEM, this opportunity may not apply to your studies.
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Emergency Medical Technician

June - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Being stationed on campus over the summer and taking care of patients.

What I wish was different

More hours offered

Advice

Good communication skills is a must!
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I loved interacting with my residents and helping them adjust into a university setting. I worked with pre-freshmen so it was quite an interesting experience.

What I wish was different

I wished a lot of things were different including what an RA can and cannot do, but it was all out of my control.

Advice

The role of an RA is very important. You may not feel valued at the time by some residents, but after you have made a positive impact on their lives, they never forget you.
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Orientation Leader

May - September 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Wonderful environment and rewarding experience

What I wish was different

Advice

It’s a great summer experience and a good opportunity for growth and networking
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Conference Assistant

May - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Got to live on campus Very malleable schedule I liked the work Good practice and experience for RA

What I wish was different

It had been more related to my career It had been less clicky

Advice

Try to get to know everybody on the staff and become as friendly as you can. You have to see them the whole summer so it's beneficial to be friendly
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Orientation Leader

May - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

The people who I worked with

What I wish was different

That it was a year long job not just the summer

Advice

Learn to rely on your team
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Orientation College Assistant

June - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I learned fully how integral teamwork and communication is with your coworkers. Also, I liked how I saw the behind the scenes aspect of orientation.

What I wish was different

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Registration

June - August 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I love how I was bale to interact with the faculty and staff from the department and also able to interact with the students I was working with through email on orientation.

What I wish was different

Advice

It is a great way to see what goes on behind the scenes in an academic environment
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

April 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Had a chance to learn valuable research skills from the psychology department

What I wish was different

It was a good experience, I can’t think of anything to chance

Advice

This lab required the research assistants to go out into the community and approach people about the study, so it may be difficult for those who are shy or do not have a strong network to rely on.
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Research Aid

June 2019 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

Really flexible professor, interesting work, a good step toward my career

What I wish was different

Better project, more relevant to what I want to work on

Advice

Make the most of your experiences and know what you want to work on, and settle for nothing less than that.
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Biomedical Engineering Design

September 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I really enjoyed the internship because it provided me a new perspective on biomedical engineering. It helped me decide what I wanted to do with my future specifically how to combine my interest in medicine and my goal to become a physician with my interest in engineering in design.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been a little more organized with a more defined schedule that the interns knew about as well.

Advice

Be creative and open to learning new ways of thinking otherwise it is hard to take something away from the experience.
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Academic Advisor

June - August 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

The motivated students, supportive staff, and incredible work environment.

What I wish was different

I would love to have worked more! We need more students! :)

Advice

When you have a chance to be among the first people a students meets at their school, make them know you care and are excited to assist them in their academic journey.
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Undergraduate Research Intern

June - August 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I enjoyed the level of independence my PI gave me in the genetics lab I worked in. He knew I was coming in with a fair amount of knowledge and experience and was kind enough and trustful enough to set me up conducting part of an experiment he needed to write a paper on gene attenuation caused by the genetic sequence itself.

What I wish was different

I wish the lab had more people my age and experience level. I feel like I could have made more connections had there been more people to socialize with. I also wish that I had

Advice

I would say that even if an internship doesn't live up to your expectations you can still get really valuable information out of it because it can point you towards what you really want to do and what really excites you.
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Social Media Specialist

July 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

I was able to improve my tech skills and gain more experience with leadership and networking.

What I wish was different

I wish the department I worked for had more time and funding for projects I had in mind.

Advice

Keep on top of your tasks and keep track of all the posts being made and that still have to be made
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Geochemistry Intern

May 2018 • Stony Brook, NY

What I liked

The work itself was interesting and engaging.

What I wish was different

More time

Advice

Just ask if you can help out, there’s usually a surplus of work
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