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- scroll the pull down list at this site.
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.
NIH Training : Protection of Human Research Subjects (history, rules, quizzes) Link
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 Link
CITI Training: Link
If you obtain an science based REU, take note of these tips on how to proceed in scientific research at the bench
Crafting your Cover Letter: See this article by Glassdoor that emphasizes how important it is to research the organization or company, and spend time on the personal curation of your resume in the cover letter with many examples including one for entry level jobs.
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 now WayUp: A comprehensive website with resume, interview, cover letter support and a database of evolving opportunities, and a place to host your CV/ Resume and get noticed!
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 Students can get academic credit for internships by registering for the internship course, or complete the internships on their own for no credit. This includes summer internships.
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
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 and Eugene Lang College supports student driven work that happens outside the classroom, be it a summer certificate course, activist effort, or study abroad experience see the list of opportunities at this Engaged Learning direct link for more information.
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.
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.