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.
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.
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.
If you obtain an science based REU, take note of these tips on how to proceed in scientific research at the bench
At this section of the IS Blog we have specific internships organized by category listed as well.
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.
Ecojobs: A database of employment opportunities focused on ecology and the environment
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.
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, 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.
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.