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American Museum of Natural History

Astrophysics Research Assistant

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The program was very rich in terms of workshops (software and programming in Python, career, applying to grad school, ..etc), seminars, and even Planetarium shows. Most importantly, it is a very diverse and friendly community.

What I wish was different

Because of the pandemic, everything was virtual so I wish it was on site.

Advice

Internships and research experiences are a very important piece of student academic success and future career decisions. I highly recommend that students take advantage of that. Just apply.
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Archaeology Intern

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

This internship was really fun and immersive. Because it is only three days a week, you could technically get another job on the side to make up for it being an unpaid internship. Otherwise, I learned a lot about the fundamentals of conducting archaeological work through a museum.

What I wish was different

I wish this internship was paid and went five days a week.

Advice

If you were to take on this internship, definitely figure out expenses. Living 10 weeks in New York City is very expensive and can be a challenge for some. Luckily I am from New York so I was able to move back home, but I still had to pay commuting costs which added up to about $500 a month.
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REU intern

May - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Everything! Seeing the exhibits everyday and seeing the "behind the scenes". I greatly enjoyed the research that I did and interacting with the museum collections and the staff. I was give a dorm in Manhattan and had a lot of fun exploring my neighborhood.

What I wish was different

Not much, perhaps it could have been longer, though I already stayed for ten weeks. Overall it was a great program and everyone was very supportive.

Advice

That undergraduate students should take risks and find internships that they want to be involved with. You won't know if you are qualified until you try and even if you do not get the position, writing applications is an important skill that should be practiced.
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Lab Intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

The work taught me interesting lab skills for DNA sequencing and the work environment was wonderful.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been paid to cover commuting costs.

Advice

Be careful and you will get good results in your sequences.
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Education intern

June - August 2018 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Interacting with visitors

What I wish was different

Advice

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