Health & Science Newsletter
April 26, 2023 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
FROM THE ADVISOR:
Many of you are still making plans for the summer, and let me just say, there is plenty of time to still plan so please try not to stress. You are welcome to make an appointment with me via Handshake (new window) to talk through options now or after finals.
Nonetheless, there are numerous options to obtain practical experience or utilize your summer fruitfully besides engaging in a structured internship. If financial stability is your priority, go ahead and take on a part-time job such as lifeguarding, retail, or babysitting. Alternatively, you may prefer to concentrate on preparing for the MCAT or GRE, or perhaps take a break from academic pressure and indulge in a Netflix binge. Remember that as a student, your primary focus is on your studies, and potential employers or admissions committees will not scrutinize” gaps” in your resume. Here are some summer break ideas that go beyond the conventional internship experience.
- Work on a Short-Term Project.Check out Parker Dewey (new window) and Forage (new window) for mostly remote, short-term projects. Forage has 8 self-paced projects in health and science right now.
- Work on a Personal Project. Get ahead of your senior thesis or junior research project; write a blog with content you are passionate about (topics that could range from baking cakes to climate change); and/or learn a language.
- 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 a Course / Learn Something New. Take courses to learn/enhance a soft and hard skill(s). Coursera (new window) and LinkedIn Learning (new window) offer an array of courses. I found the courses, Statistical Analysis with R for Public Health Specialization and Become an EMT Specialization, on Coursera. Improve upon your project management skills, a foreign language or a soft skill with LinkedIn Learning. Also, check out this list of 850+ Ivy League free courses (new window).
- Volunteer. My go-to sites to find volunteer experiences are Idealist.org (new window), volunteermatch.org (new window), catchafire (new window) (250 projects needing research, writing, data, and/or translation skills),and allforgood (new window) (opps in hospitals, hospices, and more). Below are a few highlighted organizations and opportunities in the health and science industry. Of course, you may want to volunteer in a completely different area of interest to explore your curiosities, and that works too.
- Take this short quiz (new window) to find a volunteer role that fits your interest with the American Red Cross. (new window)
- Send a weekly card to an individual undergoing chemotherapy with Chemo Angels (new window)or sign up for a short-term and long-term volunteer role at Hopecam (new window), an organization with a mission to overcome the social isolation experienced by children undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Beta test medical-related projects with Zooniverse (new window). At present, they need volunteers to annotate the germinal centres, the light pink circles in lymph nodes of breast cancer patients.
- Help the blind with tasks with Be My Eyes (new window).
- Solicit for and pack supplies, plan events, enter data and more for the Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade (new window).
- Become a crisis counselor or e-mentor with Crisis Text Line (new window), 7 Cups Hotline (new window), or Ark of Hope (new window) (also need help with admin tasks).
- Other ideas include food banks and food delivery (new window), hospices, roles in grant writing, Translation (new window), tutoring (UPchieve (new window)), social media marketing, fundraising, transcribing, and more.
For pre-health students, this spreadsheet (new window) outlines more summer opportunities to consider.
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Please note that this is a sampling of jobs and internships with approaching application deadlines. Go to Handshake to see the complete list
Please note that this is a sampling of jobs and internships with approaching application deadlines. Go to Handshake to see the complete list.
50 Ways for College Students to Maximize Summer Break
Source: Campus Groups
Summer is right around the corner. How will you spend your months off? Working, reading, traveling, relaxing, learning a new skill or language? No matter what your goals are, summer vacation is the perfect opportunity for you to explore enriching activities that you don’t always have time to pursue during the school year. Check out this list of 50 productive & fun ways to spend your summer break for inspiration! Read the article here (new window)!
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