Former Research Assistant at University of New Hampshire
almost 2 years ago
So this isn't a question I have much ability to help with. First, because as a Justice Studies major we are all required to take an internship as part of our coursework to graduate, so the school makes sure we'll get at least one internship we apply for.
Second, because I knew the people I was going to be working with. I knew the professors, one for about a year, the other for over a year, ahead of time. I took multiple classes with each other them in my time at UNH.
The best advice I can give is two-part. 1) Approach it like you would any other job interview, come in ready, practice, highlight your strengths and why you'll be good for the research job. Like a job interview you want to look into the company/position ahead of time so you can say why you're there, why you're the right fit for the job, and why you WANT to be there. 2) Cultivate good relationships with your professors. If you want to do research, work with research, you need to cultivate relationships. It will help you down the road with MA or PhD applications, it will help you with assistantship applications, it will help you with general life knowledge. Cultivating good relationships with your professors is a must.