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Summer Research vs. Summer Internships

Believe it or not, now is the time to start searching for summer internship and research opportunities! It might seem like last summer just ended, but many opportunities have application deadlines in early winter.

Of course, most of us would like to have an internship or research experience on our resume, but finding these opportunities can seem tricky. You might even be wondering what the difference is between an internship and a research internship. Here the goal is to clear up the confusion and outline how to search for both internship and research opportunities while you are here at Lawrence.

Summer Internships:

Summer Internships are an opportunity for you to use theories you are learning in the classroom and apply them to work situations, learn about the dynamics of a work setting, and to “try out” different fields of interest.

Searching for Summer Internships:

  1. Attend Internships 101 – in this workshop you will learn all the basics for where and how to search for internships using LUworks and other online resources.
  2. Use what you learned in Internships 101 to start searching for opportunities.
  3. Once you have an idea of what kind of internship you are looking for and have done some searching on your own, make an appointment to meet with the Internship Coordinator at Career Services to discuss your options.
  4. Career Services will help you through each step of the internship process, from assistance during the search to providing support while you are interning during the summer.

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Tips for a Productive Spring Break

It’s finally here! You’ve counted down the days and now, at long last, you’re headed home to sit on the couch and think about absolutely nothing for the next week.

While your rest and relaxation is definitely well deserved, if you find yourself a bit bored 4 or 5 days into the break, here are some productive steps you can take to get yourself ready for Spring term and whatever comes next.

1. Search the internet for jobs and internships. Sure, looking at applications is a lot less hilarious than videos of cats running into walls. But, you’re bored anyway, so why not put your internet-searching skills to good use to find some good options and take the time you really should on your applications?

2. Ditto for scholarships. If you have plans lined up for this summer or after graduation, exercise your essay-writing skills to get yourself some moolah. Finding and working on applications are tedious jobs, so use this extra time to get as much done as you can. Plus, your reward for a couple of days of work might be a few thousand dollars – which is a pretty sweet pay off.

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Tips for Finding Summer Jobs and Internships

Though many students look forward to getting a break from school during the summer, those ten weeks aren’t necessarily just for relaxing. In fact, the summer can be a great time to gain experience in your field of interest and to make some money to help pay for expenses during the school year. Because the summer can offer so many great opportunities to further your education outside the classroom, it may seem imperative to land that “perfect” summer job or internship in order to get what you need from your college experience. This may make the prospect of filling the summer with something productive (and maybe even fun) daunting for some, especially when you’re supposed to do so while dealing with the stress of school work.

Well, fear not – below are some tips compiled from various sources for college students who may want great summer jobs but don’t know where to start looking.

1. Visit Career Services. Yes, of course, I had to start with this one – but that’s only because the folks at Career Services can offer you a ton of support while you’re finding, applying to, and carrying out your summer job or internship. Attend sessions of the “Internship 101” and “Resume and Cover Letter Writing” seminars so you can get the skills you need to begin applying. And, as always, you can make appointments to see Career Advisors or Career Assistants and come in during Drop In Hours whenever you have questions. Check out LUworks for more info.

2. Tap Your Network. They say it’s not what you do but who you know that gets you ahead. Personally, I’d like to think it’s a little bit of both – but there’s no denying that one of the best ways to find job opportunities is by talking with people you know. Start with your family, friends, professors, and contacts in the field you’re interested in. If you’ve already got something in mind, tell them. They may have suggestions and know people you can contact for more information.

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Quick Tips for Résumés – Describing Transferable Skills

When you’re applying for jobs, internships, or whatever else may come your way, it is extremely important to be able to articulate the various skills you have obtained through your diverse experiences here at Lawrence. Career Services’ Technology Specialist Grace Kutney has a series on her blog about how students can describe the skills that they have gained during their time on campus on their résumés. Here are a few examples that she provides. Want more? Check out the article for yourself!

Analytical/Critical Thinking Skills:

Food service/catering worker

  • Determined most efficient and effective procedures for setting up large-scale events, such as eliminating redundant steps to improve speed of room setup
  • Identified error in equipment calibration; communicated problem with supervisor immediately, resulting in savings of over $200 in wasted product

Research/lab assistant

  • Helped students identify and analyze _________
  • Worked closely with Dr. _______ to design research projects and labs

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Learn More About LUworks

Have you created your LUworks profile yet?

Created with you in mind, LUworks will help you find a job or internship by enabling you to:

  • Manage multiple resumes, cover letters, and other employment related documents
  • Search for and apply for employment opportunities online
  • View and RSVP for career events
  • Maintain an online Personal Calendar

For easy access to the website, click the picture to the left and then the “LUworks Student/Alum Login” logo.

Questions? Please contact Career Services at (920) 832-6561 or email careercenter@lawrence.edu.

Summer Internship Registration

Have you secured an internship but haven’t registered it yet? Register your summer internship with the Career Center and be eligible for prizes!

Date: Monday, April 25, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: WCC – second floor, table near mailboxes

or

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: WCC – second floor, table near mailboxes

Or, Register your internship online.

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