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University of Michigan

Administrative Assistant

July 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Working with a diverse group of people that makes the university more "home" like which is important and being able to help students adjust was enjoyable .

What I wish was different

nothing

Advice

Great environment and group of individuals to work with and great students to tutor and help navigate campus.
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Research Assistant

February 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I like the amount of experience you get within this lab. As a research assistant, you get to be heavily involved in the data recruitment, and help to facilitate visits with participants. It gives you an appreciation for research and the process you must go through in order to collect data. I also like the relationships you can form with the senior staff and other undergraduates within the lab. Overall, the environment and structure allows for a very fruitful experience.

What I wish was different

I wish that there was an opportunity to be compensated for the work, as college is expensive and dedicating a minimum of eight hours a week can be hard when you have to give up time you could be working and making money.

Advice

You are able to tailor this experience to be most beneficial for yourself. If you have an interest in data collection and manipulation, reach out to those in the lab that work with the data and ask for more projects involving that. If you enjoy the training and visit process, you can get more involved in that. Utilize the opportunities within the lab to make the experience the best it can be.
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Media Assistant

January 2018 - September 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Flexibility Casual pace of work Teamwork

What I wish was different

More money

Advice

It helps you learn places and technical resources on campus
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Economic Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Good environment

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Worthwhile activity for the spring
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Michigan News Office Intern

September 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The office environment is really great! All the employees of Michigan News are willing to invite students into their projects which makes the experience very multi-disciplinary. I was able to explore aspects of writing, social media, web design, event coordination, and more.

What I wish was different

I wish this internship had one larger project that I could work on throughout the whole summer, giving me a larger task I could show for my time.

Advice

Working for the University of Michigan gives you great connections across campus! Take advantage of these connections to help you reach your career goals!
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Research Fellow

June - August 2019 • Cheboygan, MI

What I liked

I loved learning about different aspects of chemistry, as well as developing a research project that was meaningful for me.

What I wish was different

More time to do my research.

Advice

Be prepared to have setbacks in research, especially in the chemical sciences. Instruments will break, data will be skewed, and accidents happen. Make your goal to be learning more about the subject, not necessarily making a breakthrough discovery.
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Student Orientation Assistant

December 2018 - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved working with the Orientation Leaders as well as my senior staff.

What I wish was different

Working on call can be a little difficult because of how tired you can be the next day. But they flex the hours so you can rest.

Advice

Do your best and show that you care for the orientation leaders, and you’ll have a great experience.
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Research Assisstant

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The team.

What I wish was different

More seminars.

Advice

Take advantage of PF relationship.
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Summer Conference Assistant

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It was extremely fun to meet new people from across the country -- as well as the world.

What I wish was different

I wish the training period had been longer, but it worked out in the end since I was able to pick up on things while I was working.

Advice

I would encourage future Summer Conference Assistants to ask questions whenever they aren't sure what they ought to do in particular situations. There's no need to fear asking your supervisors questions. They'll be more than happy to help -- which was the case for me.
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Swim Camp Counselor

July - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I learned about the science behind sport I love from some of the best swim coaches of the country (and the world). I enjoyed the team culture amongst my co-workers as well as the culture transmitted to the kids. Overall, I love teaching and leaving my footprint to younger generations.

What I wish was different

That the camp lasted longer!

Advice

Be patient, enthusiastic and eager to learn!
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Physics REU Intern

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Experiencing a different area for a summer and gaining experience in Materials Science.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Just get out and apply to internships!! They are very fun and incredibly good for your resume.
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Student Engagement Intern

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved the environment and how the staff presented themselves. Due to the fact we work with students in the office they wanted to make sure students felt comfortable entering and being in the space. I also liked the support I had from staff members. My supervisors were not the only ones making sure I learned much from my experience. I often worked with other staff members on projects and they would check in often to make sure I was getting the most out of my time.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to work with students more directly. When I worked at the front desk I was able to interact with students when they first came in but that was the end of our interaction. I have a strong passion for helping students and working in higher education and the experience would have been worthwhile.

Advice

When I first applied to this internship there was a large applicant pool and I did not think I had a shot of getting the position - but here I am. I think that you need to have confidence in yourself when applying to positions and remember to advocate for yourself not only within the position but before to show off your amazing qualities and how you would fit well with the position/company.
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Civil Engineering Research Assistant

September 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

What I liked about this internship was the exposure you get to what a typical civil engineer do day to day for risk assessment and testing

What I wish was different

I wish that it involved more group work with other interns. The responsibilities that I have is mostly individual work which can get frustrating sometimes.

Advice

Do it! It will give you a better insight into what’s it like to be an engineering and reveal whether or not this is the right career path for you
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IT Consultant

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It was a warm and welcoming environment and I learned a lot. You are largely independent and get to complete the work your own way. A very nice group of people

What I wish was different

Sometimes lax rules can feel unstructured. Occasionally felt understaffed.

Advice

In IT, people skills are just as important as troubleshooting skills.
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Campus Information Attendant

April 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked how many different people I was able to interact with over the summer. Being the hub of information for the university allows you to see incoming students and alumni from all walks of life.

What I wish was different

The scheduling was terrible and inconsistent.

Advice

Always keep an open mind about the jobs you have. No matter how small, your efforts could impact someone in an immense way.
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Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Everything. It was a fantastic experience!

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Learn to manage your time as best as you can as early as you can!
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Facilities Assistant

June 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Flexibility of the schedule, diversity in work assignments, friendly coworkers.

What I wish was different

I wish I could've worked more hours

Advice

Sign up for shifts quickly
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Peer Facilitator

August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked working for the University and serving as a peer mentor for underclassmen.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Undergraduate Researcher

May 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked being able to apply the things I learned in class.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Community Research and Development Intern

June - August 2018 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

I loved how community driven this experience will, it allowed me to learn more about Detroit than I ever had before. I enjoyed creating both a professional and personal network of relationships at a new company.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten more of a structure surrounding expectations for my work.

Advice

I would advise to develop a closer relationship with your supervisor- talk more with them about the work you're doing! They might not offer that information, but if you ask they'll be happy to talk about it!
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