Health & Sciences: Maximize Your Summer Break!
May 5, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
LETTER 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 do not stress. You are welcome to make an appointment with me via Handshake to talk through options, including internship search strategies, if an internship is your goal. In addition to using Handshake, I recommend this search (new window) for health-related remote internships.
A meaningful summer may not include a formal internship. Perhaps you just need to make money. Go ahead and take that lifeguard, retail, or babysitting gig! Perhaps you want to focus on studying for the MCAT or GRE. Perhaps you are burnt out and want to binge on Netflix. Do what serves you best. Remember, you are a student first, so employers and admissions committees are not going to question “gaps” in your resume. In addition, we are still in the midst of a pandemic which frankly means less options. Here are alternative ideas to spend our summer break beyond the typical internship plan:
- A Shorter-Term Project. Check out Parker Dewey (new window) for shorter, unpaid projects.
- 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.
- A Personal Project. 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); and/or learn a language.
- 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 Ivy League free courses (new window).
- Volunteer. My go-to sites to find volunteer work or projects are idealist.org (new window), volunteermatch.org (new window), catchafire (new window), allforgood (new window), and helpwithcovid.com (new window). 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.
- Apply to support the blood donor or disaster action teams with 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). They need volunteers right now to count and identify cell types in a blood sample to study the health of monkeys’ impacts on behavior, as one example.
- Help the blind with tasks with Be My Eyes (new window).
- Africa Health Organization (new window) has 104 volunteer opportunities to conduct needs assessments, research, and more.
- Research global human rights violations with Amnesty International (new window).
- Solicit for and pack supplies or plan special events 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).
- Other ideas include food banks and food delivery (new window), hospices, roles in grant writing, Translation (new window), tutoring (Paper Airplanes (new window) tutor those conflict-affected; UPchieve (new window)) social media marketing, fundraising, transcribing, and more.
- The Center for Social Justice also created a list of DC specific sites (new window) to volunteer last spring if you feel connected to D.C. and prefer serving this community.
Read the article below for even more ideas on how to spend your summer both professionally and personally. You are soooo close to the finish line! Whatever you decide to do this summer, please take time to enjoy your break! You deserve it.
All the best,
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology
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Article of the Week
50 Ways for College Students to
Maximize Summer Break
Source: Campus Groups
Summer’s almost here! How will you spend your months off? Working, reading, traveling, relaxing, learning a new skill or language? Check out this list (new window) of 50 productive & fun ways to spend your summer break for inspiration!
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