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January 18, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources


Welcome back (almost)!  Here’s hoping the start of your semester starts out strong with you feeling refreshed and ready to Zoom away your days with classes and programs.  Be on the lookout for a new lineup of events this spring, including panels of alums speaking on Diversity in Healthcare, Global Public Health Careers, and Healthcare Management & Policy careers.  You will see another Health & Science Career Fair hosted by GMU in addition to our two annual large-scale events, Hoyas for Others on Feb 17 and the Government , Nonprofit, and Education Career Fair on Feb 19. Handshake’s 500 Companies Hiring Right Now (new window) continues to get updated and brand-name organizations, such as Doctors without Borders, UnitedHealth Group, FDA, and CVS Health, are included on this list.  And don’t forget:  there are A LOT of really fantastic and exciting organizations to work that are not brand-name and may, in fact, provide more exciting work.
For those of you interested in securing a research experience, deadlines are coming soon – anytime between now through March.  Right now, there are 1,626 research opportunities on Handshake and more than half of those are internships or fellowships.  Don’t forget to look on Handshake! The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (new window) and National Science Foundation REU program (new window) are coordinated programs to consider. National Institutes of Health’s (new window) application is now open for internship and postbac experiences, as are research positions with Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (new window).  Be on a lookout for an information session from NIH in the coming weeks.  If you are pre-med, you likely know the AAMC site with summer research programs (new window).  Check out (new window) for a comprehensive list of opportunities including those from programs listed above. Narrow by interests, class year, and geographic region to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the sheer amount of opportunities. Last, Georgetown’s GUROP program (new window) has a deadline of January 29, 2021.  Find a faculty member on campus with similar research interests and ask if they need help for the summer! (note: be sure to ask if they are open to the possibility of a virtual research experience).  The article below shares lots of sample questions you may be asked in an interview along with tips on how to respond.

Spring semester, here we come!  Breathe in…breathe out…breathe in…breathe out.

All the best,
Jodi Schneiderman
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology

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Article of the Week

Top Interview Questions for Research Assistants

Source: Indeed

Research assistants perform several vital tasks on the job, so preparing for the interview to demonstrate your qualifications for the role is vital. Read more (new window) for an array of common interview questions for research assistants along with a few questions with explanations and sample answers.

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