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University of Michigan

Researcher and Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The monthly conferences, the opportunity to work with more experienced people

What I wish was different

Real workspace rather than working from home/wherever

Advice

It's very self motivated even though you report biweekly; make sure to stay on track and ask as many questions to your leads as you can when planning your tasks
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Medical Health Researcher

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The people were amazing. The work environment was great. The work was interesting and super fun!

What I wish was different

Nothing! I loved my summer!!

Advice

Work hard and you will be rewarded!
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I learned a lot about the application of the material I've learned in the abstract in the field of Neuroscience.

What I wish was different

I wish I could've been paid for the amount of hours I worked because it was difficult to balance that with another job that did pay.

Advice

Networking is very very important and as an undergraduate student on the Michigan campus, I believe I have the unique opportunity to reach out to so many experts in the fields I'm interested in and they want to help out the students!
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RA

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I was an RA for a summer program called M-STEM. It was a great experience! It was very laid back while allowing me to build my leadership skills and quick decision making.

What I wish was different

I want to go into the medical field, and so this isn’t super applicable to the science that they want in an application.

Advice

His is a good job for between your freshman and sophomore years. Other than that, you’re better off getting an internship.
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Student Cohort Liaison

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

This was a great opportunity to expand my network and further discover the future career I want to have.

What I wish was different

I feel that I would have liked a little more direct supervision at times.

Advice

Don’t underestimate yourself: you are a valuable and intellectual person with your own experiences and knowledge. You have expertise- share it.
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Engaged Learning Program Assistant

June 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I was given the opportunity to work with students from around the world. The experience is something I never would have imagined would be so important to me.

What I wish was different

The program ends summer term. I wish it lasted longer

Advice

Putting yourself out there and speaking with people that you don't usually interact with can give you so much opportunity to grow. People come from so many different parts of this world, why limit yourself when you can learn so much. Be open.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

September 2017 - May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved being able to receive experience in a field that I would like to work in for a career.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more resources for mental health because it really decreased my availability near the end of the school year.

Advice

Always try to gain some sort of friend-like relationship with your colleagues. They are always the ones to understand the most and will be the most willing to help. However, as always, professional relationship first and friend second.
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Human Robot Interaction Research Internship

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I was able to learn about how to research in an academic setting. I also learned what researchers like my boss are looking for, which is nice since I am someone who is interested in learning more about research.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to work in an office. My whole internship was remote. Definitely had its perks, but also its downsides.

Advice

Work hard, have faith in yourself, and good things will happen.
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Epilepsy Research assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I had an amazing time learning from experts in neurology and gaining a more thorough understanding of what epilepsy is, and how genes can contribute to its onset.

What I wish was different

Because I lack training in some of the more complex areas of the field, I was not able to contribute to the more abstract and creative parts of the project. However, I now have a tangible goal and a firm understanding of what I love about research.

Advice

The UROP fellowship gave me a taste of what I actually want to do with my life. I, like many others, wasted a large portion of my time coming up with career ideas that I thought would impress others. The best advice I can give is to be relentlessly honest with yourself about what it is you enjoy doing. Start there, and you can accomplish anything.
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Near Peer Facilitator

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved the ability to dialogue with students and work with a group of dedicated peers.

What I wish was different

I wish the program had been longer.

Advice

You may think you understand facilitation, and high schoolers; but you don't, you will learn more than you would think possible.
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Peer Advisor

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

There are various components in the program. I worked as a peer advisor, but also as an intern at BlueCorps. The variety in the job gives a lot of fun and dynamics, so I truly enjoy it.

What I wish was different

Due to the job variety, sometimes I did not know how to balance it out.

Advice

I think as a peer advisor, flexibility is the most important part, and you just have to come in with passion and ready to have fun!
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Ross Academic Peer Advisor

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Working with incoming freshman to give them advice and get them excited for a new school year during their orientation

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be positive and happy every single day because you never know what kind of affect your mood is having on others
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Undergraduate Student Researcher

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The cool technology and all the new skills that I was able to gain from the hands-on experience with device fabrication.

What I wish was different

Perhaps a more formalized schedule.

Advice

Be open and willing to learn everything you can.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I learned a ton of new things, and the people I worked with were really cool.

What I wish was different

I did end up working by myself a lot - I could have used the structure of a team

Advice

Make sure you care about the research topic you choose! Makes it a lot easier/more fun.
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Research Assistant

September 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved working in clinical research with patients and learning more about neurological diseases.

What I wish was different

I wish I were given more opportunities to utilize my skills in phlebotomy.

Advice

Working for the University of Michigan is an amazing experience and this institution is an amazing place to work.
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Development Intern

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Your definition of success can be untraditional and presentation of self can be a great way to reflect your goals. Practice mindfulness at all areas of life but do not forget to do so in the professional world as well.
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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked how Calvin College had a connection with the University of Michigan. The research opportunities at the University of Michigan are career altering. I enjoyed working in a professional environment and the networking opportunities it offered.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to continue my research here at Calvin.

Advice

One piece of advice I have for students is to look into all the opportunities that Calvin offers. There are so many good opportunities for STEM students that calvin has connections to. There are Calvin alumni who are leaders within their perspective fields of research. Seek out these opportunities and grow from an off campus internship.
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planetary researcher

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoy the opportunity to perform original research on new datasets, to study the dynamics of Mars' atmosphere, and to learn about spacecraft orbital trajectories and associated maneuvers for operational and scientific purposes.

What I wish was different

Opportunity to travel to relative conferences as part of my work.

Advice

Dive in to the work, and ask as many questions as possible.
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Library Operations

October 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I love just having a stable schedule and being able to learn and grow within a company that cares about its employees! Even though University of Michigan is a huge entity and network, I'm still confident enough to continue my employment here for the next couple of years. I'm also happy that I have benefits as well! I love being able to talk with my staff about anything and being in a place with so many other people, peers, and researchers checking out books that they are interested in. Overall: Benefits, Great Pay, Balanced Schedule, and other job duties particular to my department.

What I wish was different

I wish I would've learned how to negotiate my salary without being nervous since this was my first salary job outside of working part-time (but really working full time without benefits). Since I just started, I'm still learning day by day so everyday is a new day for me in the library.

Advice

Networking with people is how I got my current position. Trust me when they say it isn't what you know but who you know, its for the most part its correct. Always put your best foot forward and in a " non-cheesy way" believe in yourself to the best of your abilities! Never ever feel like you aren't good enough for any position no matter what the job is.
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Research assistant

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Working in an academic research environment exposed me to vast new knowledge of career paths, topics, and methodologies for health services and intervention study research.

What I wish was different

Advice

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