Finding, Applying, & Funding Internships

Internships and research experiences are pivotal and many of the Interdisciplinary Science Alumni have completed more than one such experience to determine where their interests lie and how they will shape their future.  Many Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) are highly competitive because they provide free housing, mentoring support, and stipends to cover living expenses for the summer. So applying to many is the key and having a strong personal statement and CV/ Resume. Below are the resources to be successful.  Note that most of these are open to current undergraduate but a few programs are open to graduating seniors ( See the Internships page) like the  DOE SULI.
Thus, students should apply to 10-20 positions to secure one position.  Students who volunteer in labs or with organizations can often improve their chances to secure one of these paid coveted positions. Some of our alumni  took the initiative to volunteer or receive college internship credit for their experience and later were offered paid positions, so remember to consider this option and discuss your ideas with faculty mentors or alumni. Others were able to cover their expenses by applying to the Lang Opportunity Awards Program
Now with the Mohn Family Endowment we offer the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship Program  able to support those experiences that are unpaid, or subsidize those that do not provide housing to allow students to participate in the programs below or a curated list of sites found in this application. 
This short list of sites is designed to help you identify the right site, type of experience, and prepare your application in a timely and effective manner. Much of what you learn by going through this process will also be useful for fellowship, scholarship, and graduate school applications. At the bottom there is a link  to the Foundation  Center’s Online Course for Grant Writing  and  there are  suggestions for building a mentoring network to help you navigate this process.
Each year the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics Department offers the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship with local partners that have a good understanding of our program and our students interests. Applications are released in March and due at then of the March. 
Additionally, our library team at TNS has worked with us to create a fantastic Library Guide that supports searches for funding and sites. 

HUMAN RESEARCH SUBJECTS PROTECTIONS: If you are going to be working as a research coordinator, research assistant for clinical studies, or social science studies that use human research subjects be sure to complete this OIR/ HHS  interactive training guide for research integrity and review the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research PDF guide that comes with quizzes (until Sept 2018 you can complete the training and receive a certificate).

US Department of Health and Human Services  Office of Research Integrity. 
Research Clinic: Link
Research Lab: Link 

NIH Training Certificate:Link  Protection of Human Research Subjects (history, rules, quizzes, print and save certificate until Sept 27, 2018, not available after that)

University of New Hampshire Training Modules (Human Subjects): Certificate available upon answering enough questions correctly.

Office of Human Research Subjects Protections (OHRP): Video Webinars Link

Global Health Network (WHO approved): Research Ethics Online Training/ Communities. Certificate with enough questions correctly  

CITI Training: Link

TNS Site: There is a menu for students, and this site for researchers has an additional flow diagram

 If you obtain an  science based REU, take note of these tips on how to proceed in scientific research at the bench

Crafting your Resume and Curriculum Vitae:  See this article by Katie Simon about a successful CV, and a google folder from our staff at TNS on how to make a CV-Resume Hybrid

At this section of the IS Blog we have specific internships organized by category  listed as well.

NSF-REU National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduate. This is a very large database that you can search by academic discipline or areas. Browsing each page and doing ” Find in page” with key words such as “genetics” and ” environment” etc.

Pathways to Science:  A comprehensive guide that has a searchable database of summer paid internships and research experiences, portable scholarships and short term funding for travel,  Post Bac programs, for the general student, and for women only, and for under represented minorities only.

WebGURU: A comprehensive guide on how to locate, prepare, practice and get involved in undergraduate research.  Browsing is not a bad idea since the search tool is a bit limited.  There is a getting started section, and so much more, even a lab notebook section!

Community of Science (COS) Electronic Funding Databases (PIVOT). This site is accessible through TNS libraries  ( you must be logged into my.newschool.edu or on campus) and provides access to funding opportunities searchable by location, discipline, private/public etc. Opening an account allows you to save searchers, track individual records, and receive news from the database.  If you are having trouble accessing contact the librarians or Paul Abruzzo from Library Services.

InternMatch: A comprehensive website with resume, interview, cover letter support and a database of evolving opportunities.

Health Career Connections: a full service database and mentoring program for paid  ($3000- 4000K) 10-week internships in health (community, data,advocacy, research, etc).  They offer webinars weekly in the fall and you must apply to the database by December.

Ecojobs: A database of employment opportunities focused on ecology and the environment

EcohealthNet: EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the NSF, to bring together research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science, and economics fields that will advance One Health research and education. Research Exchange projects last 6-12 weeks and are open from April – August 2018. See research projects in the past  here and note that info sessions are early (June) for the following year.

Time Inc Magazine Internships ( Deadline Jan 16):  Has a list of internships spanning design, editorial, video etc across many of their magazines.

Lang Internships Database  This site has a searchable database on the side frame and is always evolving. Students can get academic credit for internships by registering for the internship course, or complete the internships on their own for no credit.

New School Career SuccessLink: This site has a multitude of resources ( see handouts and tools) as well as searchable database available for finding experiences off and on campus that range from volunteer, paid, unpaid etc.  There is also online appointment calendar for one on one counseling for mock interviews, resume review, and other useful practices. Lisa  O’ Connor is the Lang Appointed  Advisor. Both current students and alumni can use this resource.

WayUp: A site where you can post your resume/cv and also search for positions appropriate for college or recent graduates.

Crafting the Personal Statement and Application For Graduate School

TIPS: Provide suggestions about graduate school applications, including personal statements, recommendation letters, and interviewing,

ARTICLE/ TIPS: In two fantastic succinct articles Brian Rybarczyk provides basic tips on on ” How to Sell Yourself”  and ” How to Refine” your personal statement

VIDEO / Q&A NIH: This National Institutes of Health Video Database contains videos on writing the personal statement, choosing a graduate school, and developing your career path. The video is long but has wonderful question and answer at the end, and though it is very science based there are some take aways for more interdisciplinary programs as well.

Writing Grant Proposals  

The Foundation Center, located at 32 Old Slip, is a wonderful local resource open to you. They also have short course tutorials such as the one on How to Write a Grant Proposal.

Supporting your Social Justice Work 

Soon we will be posted an updated list of opportunities on and off campus for social justice oriented work. For instance The New Challenge, hosted by the The New School, now has a course offered to help students craft their proposals for funding.  The Lang Civic Engagement and Social Justice Office also supports Summer Fellowships, trips and other activities that make you more competitive for other internships and fellowships, see this direct link for more information. Lasting Eugene Lang College  also supports student driven work that happens outside the classroom, be it a summer certificate course, activist effort, or study abroad experience through the Lang Opportunity Awards.

Creating a Mentor Network  

Below are two news articles one authored by Smith Barrow  with tips on how to identify a mentor and how to set up clear lines of communication and expectations and the sobering one by Busteed. Together they provide data that show undergraduates who are mentored by faculty have higher GPAs, better confidence,  skills set training, and more success professionally. Consider how you will identify two mentors ( faculty, alumni, staff)- what criteria are important to you– and if you are struggling to find someone onsite, consider the online venues below and/ or off site.

ARTICLE/ TIPS: 

Smith-Barrow, D. Sept 16, 2013. Find a Career Mentor in College. USNews.com 

Busteed, B. Sept 25, 2014. The Blown Opportunity. Inside HigherEd.com 

MENTORING  SITES 

MentorNet: An online mentoring program for those in the sciences, see the Our Services link.

SACNAS:  A professional society that speaks to students in the science that identify as under represented minorities

StudentMentor: An online mentoring program for all undergraduates

Interdisciplinary Science Alumni List Eugene Lang College: This list has email addresses of all alumni willing to mentor students and provide advice.

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