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EnSURE Research Intern

May - July 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I really liked being able to approach site remediation and contaminant biodegradation from a research perspective. Because working with contaminants in water is a big part of environmental engineering applications, it was a good change in perspective to see how remediation methods that we learn about through our coursework are developed, adapted, and applied.

What I wish was different

My research position was remote for the summer, so all of my work was done on the computer using the HPCC, Excel, and other softwares. I would have liked the opportunity to work in the lab as a part of the internship (as had initially been a part of the position), but I still appreciate the opportunity to be involved in such interesting and important research.

Advice

Be diligent, yet flexible, in your search for a summer internship. I wasn't expecting to get involved with research over the summer, but took advantage of an opportunity presented to me by one of my environmental engineering professors. It is helpful to start early in your search and applications in addition to fostering relationships with your professors so that you have options for the summer. You never know -- the opportunity you choose to pursue might not be on your radar yet!
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Captioning Freelancer

May - August 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed working remotely and had a great supervisor.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been more structure to what was expected from us as employees. I think that there was lots of miscommunication that came with a mainly technological and remote position.

Advice

With remote, asynchronous jobs, it is key to set up an everyday schedule with yourself.
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Animal behavior research assistant

September 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

The people and the environment

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Very good starting position and helps establish connections
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I loved the independence and opportunities

What I wish was different

I wasn't able to be in the lab because of COVID, which made me sad.

Advice

Be proactive - take initiative and independence on your project.
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Weed Research Field Intern

April 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I liked working outside most of the time. I also work with great people. The hours are flexible enough to work and have a full student schedule.

What I wish was different

I wish there was less bending and crouching while doing certain tasks in the field.

Advice

Wear pants. It will keep dirt out of your shoes and prevent bug/spider bites on the legs.
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Student Lab Assistant

May 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Co-workers are nice and very intelligent. Learned a lot working in this environment and it helped jump start my career in the science field!

What I wish was different

Perhaps maybe if I was able to participate in other projects in the lab to further my knowledge and gain new skills.

Advice

Be a sponge and take everything in and remember the big picture behind what you are doing!
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Enrollment Assistant

July - August 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Interacting with new MSU students and acquainting them with the College/University

What I wish was different

I wish we were able to do in-person

Advice

Be patient, take it easy, be thoughtful/understanding and kind
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Research assistant

May - August 2020 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I liked being able to work remote and the challenge of the research.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Enrollment Lab Assistant

June - August 2020 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I appreciated the flexibility this job had.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been a longer term. I enjoyed the job.

Advice

Remember to log your hours right after you complete them
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Construction Management Intern

May 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Good learning experience. Enjoy a lot!

What I wish was different

More on-site experience.

Advice

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International Market Research Analyst

May - August 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

The research was extremely interesting, especially the business culture and the demographic structure of the countries.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be creative in the avenues you use to conduct research and put in as much effort as you can to maximize growth.
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Workstation Migration Analyst/Intern

May 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I got to do a wide range of activities on the job with a wide range of people in many different locations. I got to work with lots of different kinds of technology.

What I wish was different

I wish that I got to do a bit more involving computer programming.

Advice

Always be ready and willing to learn something new on the job.
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Clerical Assistant

August 2017 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Super flexible job, I am always able to take time off when I need to focus on my classes. The people I work with are very nice and I have been able to make some great connections.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Community Development Intern

June - August 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

My co-workers were determined to make the short time I had at the office worthwhile. They gave me projects that catered toward my skillsets as well as tried to expose me to new opportunities.

What I wish was different

I wish that there would have been more responsibilities.

Advice

Be flexible and open to advice.
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Student Clerical Assistant

May 2017 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Great way to get office experience, work on campus between classes, hours are very flexible, learned and learning many useful skills

What I wish was different

Nothing--I wish I found out about this job earlier

Advice

Be confident and find ways to separate yourself from others
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Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory (NDEL) Researcher

May 2017 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

Research Opportunities with Masters Students, PHD Students, and Post-Doc researchers. Lots of equipment and plenty of things to do that are related to my field of Computer Engineering.

What I wish was different

Spending more time over the summer working.

Advice

If you have nothing to do, just ask somebody. They will give you something to do.
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Research Assistant

May - July 2017 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

It was a challenge, but I had lots of opportunities to push through and demonstrate my creative problem solving and quick learning skills.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been in an area farther away from home, just to get some experience being more independent.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it, but definitely try to expand your boundaries and comfort zone by trying to solve issues or problems on your own at first, through multiple angles and ideas.
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Resident Orientation Leader

June - August 2018 • East Lansing, MI

What I liked

I loved working at the university! It allowed me to be on campus and still have time to enjoy my summer while working in a rewarding setting.

What I wish was different

Advice

I love working for AOP! If you want to make a difference that effects every student coming to MSU, work for AOP!
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