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Virginia Commonwealth University

Student Researcher

May 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Read up on your own time with articles and books relating to the processes for your project. It will make much more sense when your supervisor explains briefly how the process works if you already know its fundamental
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VCUarts Summer Intensive Counselor

July - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

It was a great short term position. You are able to make an impact on high school students interested in the arts. The other counselors and supervisors are an amazing group to work with!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Elementary school Teacher's Assistant Intern

September 2018 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I love this intership! I liked Working with the community outreach program while working at Carver Elementary is amazing in showing its interns how important it is to connect with the community around you. I also happen to be going to school to become a future educator so this has given me a lot of hands on experience!

What I wish was different

I have no complaints!

Advice

Come in open minded and willing to put yourself in other peoples shoes!
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Desk assistant

August 2018 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

That the tasks are described and it is easy to understand the system software.

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Research assistant

May 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

This was due to the Baldaccci fund, I was able to travel across the country presenting at conferences and continuing research while at VCU. It was amazing.

What I wish was different

That it was more ongoing

Advice

To apply to experiences that will fund you working as a research assistant. You build yourself up as a student and professionally which is beyond enriching.
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Support Technician

July 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I enjoy the environment and that I can learn a lot from this job

What I wish was different

I wish I understood the job description better

Advice

Don't be afraid to learn new things
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Undergraduate Researcher

March 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I learned many new things and had the opportunity to do animal work very frequently.

What I wish was different

Advice

It is okay not to know everything. Don’t be scared to ask questions or ask for help.
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Graphic Designer

March - December 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Be flexible if possible. Don't bend yourself in half obviously. If it's possible, it's worth it.
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VCU Alumni and Donor Relations

June 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I loved the people there and how much I learned. I did a lot of work with data, events and research.

What I wish was different

It was all perfect!

Advice

Make the most of it!
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Interior Design Department Office Assistant

June - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I loved the environment of the job because it was peaceful and during the summer there aren't many people around. I was able to learn more about the behind the scenes of preparing classrooms and spaces for the students before they came back from summer break. It was fun to understand the ins and outs of academic preparation and build better relationships amongst the assistant professors and administrators within the IDES department.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to host more touring events, I was able to participate in two tour-like events and that was fun. Those experiences allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and helped me find a like for public speaking.

Advice

Always do your best to be flexible and be excited to learn or do something outside of your comfort zone as long as it doesn't go against your personal beliefs. There are some fun and amazing opportunities in your given environment, you just have to plant the seed by talking and asking questions.
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Social Science Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I loved getting hands on experience working in research.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Undergraduate Researcher

June 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I was able to receive knowledge on how to conduct research and make a poster.

What I wish was different

I wish I had known about it sooner

Advice

It is okay to seek help.
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Intern

September 2018 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I liked working in the office and getting to know the inter workings of operations

What I wish was different

n/a

Advice

Make the most out of everything! You never know who you'll meet!
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Undergraduate Researcher

May 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

My project focused on data collection and analysis with neurostimulation. I loved learning more about the neuromuscular system through literature reviews and lab meetings, as well as interacting with subjects and participating directly in data collection. I also enjoyed working with my mentors, as they provided a lot of guidance in terms of data analysis and general research advice. I was also able to help my other labmate with his research, so I could learn about concepts and technologies beyond the scope of my individual project.

What I wish was different

I wish I wasn't taking a summer class alongside completing my project, because then I could have put a lot more of my time into conducting my research.

Advice

In doing research, always keep up with the literature, because it helps you direct your own work so much. It is also great to be able to understand everything your mentors are talking about during individual or lab meetings, and can help you provide your own insight into problems encountered during the research process. Try to focus on only doing your research project instead of trying to pair it with summer classes.
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Front Desk Receptionist

May 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I like that this job allows me to do busy work as far as online assignments and any other work that I could possible do while monitoring a residence hall.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Ticket Agent

March 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

I love my job, the people are great!

What I wish was different

More hours for more money

Advice

Do it! It’s fantastic! And works very well with school
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Counselor

July 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

Working with kids and helping them learn about art school

What I wish was different

Advice

Teenagers are crazy but in such a fun way
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Financial Machine Learning Intern

May - June 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

Loved the projects assigned to me, the data I worked with, and the network of professors who were willing to help me out when needed and explain concepts in great detail.

What I wish was different

Wish I had more work!

Advice

Asking questions doesn’t make you seem incompetent, but shows your employer that you are detail-oriented, focused, and enthusiastic.
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

The facilities and the ability to create my own research project and ideas.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to start right when I got there instead of taking a week for the lab to be ready for me.

Advice

Research is a great opportunity especially for those looking for graduate or doctoral schools.
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Summer Intern

June - August 2019 • Richmond, VA

What I liked

The people in the offices where I worked were all very professional and polite. They all made an effort to get to know me, even when they all knew I was a summer intern who wouldn't be there for more than three months.

What I wish was different

There were certainly some tasks I was given that were busy work that didn't really need me. But, I was the intern and at the bottom of the totem pole, so I didn't mind these tasks too much. To be honest I wish I could have worked more. I was only there two days a week (one day in each office) and I feel like I had to find new momentum for all my projects every day I was there.

Advice

Going in with a mindset of 'this is a great opportunity and I'm lucky to be here' is always the way to go. Even with the tasks that I wasn't thrilled to have, I did my best to remember that it's a learning experience and I'm grateful for it.
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