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Verified Systems Research Intern

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

This was a great experience and the best way to get the most out of it is to put your most into it. The amount of experience you get depends on the amount of effort you put it.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be ready to come in everyday to work, and for your project to have unexpected setbacks that occur during your research time.
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Orientation Leader

March 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved the community! My coworkers truly made the experience enjoyable. I spent over 30 hours per week with them, so I was very fortunate to work closely alongside some wonderful people. Some of them I would consider some of my best friends. In addition, it was cool being able to meet so many of the incoming students. Having been in the same place as the freshmen just a year ago, personally I saw how I've grown and could share my experiences and advice with them. In addition, I love seeing them around campus and seeing how they're doing!

What I wish was different

Some of the orientation sessions became repetitive. However, this was expected as we give every session the same experience; we just happen to facilitate every week whereas each student only comes once. This was manageable once I found little things to enjoy during the presentations.

Advice

Have fun! This experience has helped me grow personally and professionally. What makes this process possible is staying engaged in the work and looking for the positive in every situation.
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Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the experience of a 9-5 job, the work environment. Most of all I loved being able to do research that helped people in real life

What I wish was different

I wish it was my real job and not a temporary summer position

Advice

My advice is don't feel scared to go after what you want. I applied for this job because I loved it, and thankfully I got the position and I enjoyed every second of it.
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LSA Race and Ethnicity Curriculum Development Intern

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved the hands on experience that could apply to my studies and also my personal interests

What I wish was different

I wish I could have implemented the course info earlier (set date for trial curriculum is January 2019)

Advice

Communication is key. Good communication with your colleagues, professors, and bosses will go a long way.
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Development intern

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

This internship program focused a lot on my professional and personal development. We received pay and credit for class, as we worked in our offices Monday-Thursday and came together as a cohort (23 of us) for a class every Friday. We had opportunities to network, consult local nonprofits, and learn about the fundraising industry which is increasing rapidly. Being in Ann Arbor for the summer was also an amazing experience! The program coordinators really invest in your individual experience and growth.

What I wish was different

I really enjoyed the D-SIP (Development Summer Internship Program) but it is a lot of work. You work 8am-5pm and then have class every Friday 8am-5pm, but it really is a lot of fun to bond with your fellow interns and learn about fundraising and development as a practice and possible career.

Advice

Take advantage of the relationships and connections you will make to the university and your peers. You will meet amazing people!
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Undergraduate Researcher

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

My professor mentor was so helpful and informative.

What I wish was different

I think I would have liked more structured social activities among the other researchers.

Advice

You get out what you put in.
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Biology Laboratory Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the experience of witness the design and execution of a biological field experiment.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to be more involved in some of the questions that we were asking.

Advice

Any experience is good experience
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intern

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Got a chance to experience a different environment from the standard workplace Flexible hours Supportive community

What I wish was different

More hard deadlines More clarity in terms of project needs and goals

Advice

Great idea to try something different, I had only previously worked in industry and having the chance to spend a summer doing research allowed me to better understand if it was something I could see myself doing in the future
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Researcher

May 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Very hands on and good mentor ship from graduate students and the professor

What I wish was different

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Lab Assistant

May 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I like being able to work with teeth, and I feel like I make a positive difference with my work.

What I wish was different

I wish I were able to be more involved in the actual research, like writing about the projects and so forth.

Advice

If you are looking for a position as a lab assistant, make connections or use any existing ones you can think of to get in contact with the head of a lab. Don't be afraid to ask if there will be positions open in the future, and be persistent!
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked getting to tinker with the robots I was working with, as well as being able to create the outreach events that were run by us.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more of a solid foundation in the research we took part in.

Advice

Try to look at what you can improve, however little, because it all adds up to a better end product or success.
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Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The environment was wonderful, and I was able to accomplish a lot given the resources I had available.

What I wish was different

Nothing. The experience was amazing.

Advice

If you have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research, do so.
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Assistant in Research

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor Township, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed delving deeper into the study of astrophysics. The team I work with is great.

What I wish was different

Advice

The more time you put in, the more you get out of the experience. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, the job is about learning. If what you are doing is easy to do, it would have already been done.
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Research Assistant

April - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved having the opportunity to work with children. I think that it's really great that we're able to talk to these children about something like research in a way that makes sense and is fun for them.

What I wish was different

I wish that the internship had been more structured. I believe that schedules could have been created more efficiently in order to maximize the assistance available from the interns.

Advice

I would recommend to come into this program with a relaxed attitude. I would also take advantage of the amount of time you get to spend with faculty, graduate students, and lab managers.
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Summer Conference Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Improving my customer service, learning the behind the scenes of hosting conferences and guests for multiple days and managing the itinerary. We often worked in teams and rotated the staff duties. When it came to problem-solving with the Leadership teams and in-house guests it taught me how to compromise and patience.

What I wish was different

The team building activities to build communication and trust.

Advice

Whenever you are in a new work environment or space, do not be afraid to ask questions and communicate any concerns or ideas with your team(s) and boss.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the projects that I worked on. I enjoyed learning more about graduate school.

What I wish was different

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Student Participant

June - July 2018 • Rome, Rome

What I liked

I really enjoyed the collaborative nature of the archaeological dig- the staff was very helpful and educational

What I wish was different

I wish that the commute from Rome to Gabii wasn't so long and that we could have gotten out a little earlier.

Advice

archaeological work is very labor intensive- 8 hours a day, at least, of physical labor
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The level of independence granted to me to explore technical projects.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more staff and students in the lab with me to discuss with.

Advice

Set a schedule and stick to it. When you're largely on your own you need to find ways to work towards deadlines and hold yourself accountable.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved being in Ann Arbor and doing research on a BIG 10 campus. I made great connections with faculty and staff on campus and it was a great networking experience.

What I wish was different

I wish it was longer!

Advice

Don’t be afraid to apply for something that you think you are under qualified for! A lot of times you will catch on quickly and there are many individuals willing to help you along the way.
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