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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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Writing the Research-Focused Statement of Purpose: A Few Tips

Statements of purpose for research-oriented graduate programs can be daunting. The initial temptation is to write the kind of essay you wrote to get into an undergraduate institution, focusing on your personal history and experiences. While these are not irrelevant when applying to graduate school, they must take a backseat to your professional experiences and career goals. Often graduate schools are very specific about what they require on a statement of purpose, but sometimes they can be vague about what they would like to see. In the latter case, here are a few things to keep in mind and address in your statements of purpose (taken from Harvard psychology professor Marc Hauser):

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