Health & Science: Alternative Summer Ideas
April 22, 2020 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
LETTER FROM THE ADVISOR: Alternative Summer Ideas
Many of you are asking for alternative ways to fill your summer if an internship or full-time job does not come to light for you. And for most of you busy bee’s, you will feel most fulfilled if you are achieving in some way. I get it. Therefore, I am providing an overwhelming list of suggestions in this newsletter. However, I want to also give you the permission to do very little this summer if that’s what you need during this unsettling time. Remember, you are a student first, so employers and admissions committees are not going to question “gaps” in your resume. But also, they will view summer 2020 with a different lens – a nonjudgmental lens of knowing there were less opportunities available and we are human beings who experience and behave differently during times of uncertainty and sadness.
Yet, they may ask you how you filled your time and you don’t want to respond by saying you watched Netflix. You will want to have some narrative to share with employers and an admissions committee on how you spent summer 2020. Taking a data entry job to make money or caring for a sick relative or reading an interesting book is plenty to share. Just. Plenty.
And for those of you who prefer to stay busy and want to do more, here is a long list of ideas.
- Remote Work and Internships. If you need to make some money over the summer, check out these sites to find various paid, remote opportunities: FlexJobs (has a subscription fee, but popular and reputable within the world of remote jobs), Jobspressso, Remote.co, We Work Remotely, Working Nomads, and this Google Search. If you are interested in a shorter, unpaid project, check out Parker Dewey.
- Refresh your career development skills and documents. This includes updating your resume, Handshake and LinkedIn profiles; preparing for case interviews and behavioral interviews; preparing for graduate school by studying for exams and researching programs to apply; and networking with professionals..
- Take Courses / Learn Something New. Take courses to fulfill prerequisites or to learn/enhance a soft and hard skill(s). Coursera and LinkedIn Learning offer an array of courses, from Python to becoming an EMT to bioinformatics. Learn a foreign language or a soft skill, such as how to influence people. Check out this list of Ivy League free courses.
- Work on Personal Projects. Get ahead of your senior thesis or junior research project; write a blog with content you are passionate about (topics could range from baking cakes to climate change); learn a language; and/or work on a career development task listed above.
- Volunteer. This is my #1 recommended suggestion for filling your time. Below are primarily mental health and health-related volunteer opportunities given your curiosity in the health and science field, however, volunteer in any area of interest.
- Find remote and/or COVID-19 specific projects with Idealist.org, volunteermatch.org, and catchafire.
- Use the filter to find biology and medicine-related projects to Help with COVID.
- Become a blood donor ambassador or digital responses volunteer with Red Cross.
- Assist the government with tech, communications, and operations with the U.S. Digital Response (new window).
- Send a weekly card, letter or note to someone undergoing chemotherapy with Chemo Angels.
- Talk with children in social isolation while experiencing cancer with Hopecam (also, grant-related and administrative work).
- Beta test medical-related projects with Zooniverse.
- Help the blind with tasks with Be My Eyes.
- Conduct research on global human rights violations with Amnesty International.
- Conduct research, such as a desk review on the ways volunteers engage with COVID-19 responses in Thailand, for UN Volunteers .
- Complete this survey if you are interested in volunteering for NYC Well as they are experiencing a surge in calls, texts and chats from New Yorkers seeking emotional support, information and referral to ongoing behavioral health services during this COVID-19 pandemic.
- Other ideas include food banks and food delivery, hospices, mask makers, textlines or hotlines; roles in grant writing, Translation, Tutoring, Social Media Marketing, Fundraising, Tutoring and/or Mentoring, Transcribing, Letter Writing, and more.
- The Center for Social Justice also created a list of DC specific sites to volunteer if you feel connected to D.C. and prefer to serve this community.
All the best,
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising
Health, Science, and Technology
The Climate Music Project: Online Discussion
Apr 22 | 3:00PM – 4:00PM | RSVP (new window)
For Earth Day 2020 (the 50th anniversary of Earth Day), the National Academy of Sciences in collaboration with The Climate Music Project (new window)will host an online discussion with diverse experts exploring the intersections of music, climate change, and community action.
Finding Jobs/Internships with the UN & Intergovernmental Organizations
Apr 23 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM | RSVP
Have you ever thought about working with the United Nations or The World Bank? Join this training to learn which opportunities and job classifications you qualify for and how to effectively reach out to the right people and increase your chances of getting replies. If you previously attended this training, you should join again for updated information. There will be time for Q&A.
Careers at Think Tanks
Apr 23 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM EDT | RSVP (new window)
Are you interested in learning how research is translated and transformed into real policy? Curious about how experts work with legislators to implement solutions on a state and federal level? Join us on Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual career panel on careers in think tanks. Representatives from Brookings, AEI, Cato, and the Bipartisan Policy Center will discuss what it takes to pursue a career at think tanks across the ideological spectrum!
On the Frontlines of COVID-19: A Conversation with Women Peacebuilders
Apr 24 | 9:00AM – 10:00AM EDT | Register
In fragile settings around the world, COVID-19 poses a serious threat to peace, security, and the rights of women and girls. Join women peacebuilders on the frontlines of COVID-19 for a virtual discussion on how the pandemic is exacerbating insecurity in their communities, how women peacebuilders are leading relief and recovery efforts, and ways we can support their efforts.
Aging & Health Webinar on Aging & Language
Apr 24 | 3:15PM – 4:30PM | RSVP
Join Dr. Jana Reifegerste for a virtual discussion on aging and language. Jana Reifegerste is a scientific staff member at the Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and is additionally affiliated with the Brain and Language lab n the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University.
Apply for a Scholarship for the Women In Global Policy Seminar
Scholarship Deadline: Apr 24 | Seminar Date: May 18 – 22 | Virtual | Scholarship Application
At the PLEN Women in Global Policy seminar, you’ll learn about specific issues in international policy from the women who work on them everyday. At the same time, build the skills and connections you need to land your first job or internship in the D.C. area or abroad. Discussion topics will include Global Policy 101, Climate Change, Energy, Global Public Health, and more! While this event has a fee, you can apply for a scholarship above. Learn more about the seminar here.
Blockchain & Public Health Online Discussion
Apr 27 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM EDT | Register
Join an online discussion about how blockchain is and can impact public health. Leaders in the blockchain – healthcare space will talk about what they are doing and a discussion will follow on the following topics: healthcare megatrends & introduction to blockchain, clinical trials management, data management, drugs supply chain & anti-counterfeiting and more.
Demystifying Med School with Debbie
Apr 28 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT | Register
Let’s talk med school! Whether you are applying to allopathic schools or osteopathic schools, now is the time to get organized. Informal discussions will include getting your package ready to submit to AMCAS, choosing schools that are right for you, secondaries, interview prep and more. Come with your ideas, experiences thus far, and questions.
Jobs & Internships
Program Impact Intern (Spring 2020), Global Health Corps (Apply ASAP)
Neuroscience Research Intern, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (Apply by Apr 24)
Healthcare Leadership Rotational Program, Humana (Apply by Apr 24)
Personal Health Care Analytical Associate Scientist, Procter & Gamble (Apply by Apr 25)
Research Technician, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Apply by Apr 25)
Intern (Clean Energy, Environmental Safety, Nuclear Energy and more), Idaho National Laboratory (Apply by Apr 27)
Cell Biology Summer Intern, MyoKardia (Apply by Apr 27)
Clinical Assistant/Medical Scribe, InternU (Apply by Apr 27)
CDC Health Communications Fellowship, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (Apply by Apr 28)
Social Work Intern, Prestige Healthcare Resources (Apply by Apr 30)
2020 Summer Scholars Program, Harvard Medical School (Apply by Apr 30)
Medical Secretary, Heart To Heart Pediatric Cardiology (Apply by Apr 30)
Healthcare Recruiter, Maxim Healthcare Services (Apply by Apr 30)
Energy Developmental Intern, New York Power Authority (Apply by Apr 30)
Wellness on the Go
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Did you know that not working out is as bad as smoking? Or that meditating is better for your mental health than a vacation? Check out more of these health facts in this article (new window).
Career Center Resources
Drop-ins are available M-F between 1-3 pm via georgetown.zoom.us/j/417727789. Undergraduate students will be connected with an advisor for a 15-minute meeting on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Appointments: Virtual appointments are available via Handshake. Sign up under ‘Career Center,’ then ‘Appointments’, then ‘Industry Advising,” then ‘Health, Science, and Technology’.