Short-Term Opportunities for Recent College Grads

Graduating in Fall not Spring? Thinking of taking a gap year? Still not sure what you want to do?  Check out a few opportunities to keep exploring after you graduate.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

“The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides recent graduates with challenging research opportunities to help prepare motivated students for a career in STEM while providing them with laboratory knowledge to use in pursuit of an advanced degree. Recent bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates are in a position to gain invaluable research experience in one of more than a dozen STEM-related disciplines.
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DISNEY

Disney has a ton of programs for recent college graduates from Business majors to Engineers or as they are called in the Disney universe Imagineers. Not mad about the Mouse? Remember Disney isn’t just pixie dust and castles, Disney is also the parent company to ESPN, ABC, LucasFilms, and Marvel. They have rotation programs across the globe in some of the world’s most sought after locations.

Here are just a few opportunities: 
Recent Computer Science Graduate
MBA Student or recent MBA Graduate

For a more comprehensive list https://jobs.disneycareers.com/

NIH Post Baccalaureate Programs

Are you this close to graduating but you want to strengthen your graduate school applications? Why not think about doing a post bacc? Post Bacc’s are great for students who have recently graduated and want to gain additional laboratory and/or research skills.

For instance, the University of Alabama at Birmington’s post bacc program offers a 1-2 year training opportunity for students seeking graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral science https://www.uab.edu/prep/

For a complete list of NIH Post-Bacc programs check out:
https://www.nigms.nih.gov/maps/Pages/Post-Baccalaureate-Research-Education-Program-Institutions.aspx

Americorps

Through three program thrusts Americorps (AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps State & National, AmeriCorps VISTA) offers participants the opportunity to use their skills to better the lives of others. Want to work on a team and travel across the US? Are you taking a gap year and you’ve always want to work with Habitat for Humanity? Do you need help with paying off federal loans? If you answered yes to any of these then Americorps might be a good fit for you.

Office of Personnel Management

“The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who have up to six years after degree completion to apply). Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.”
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You just applied to Graduate School? Now what?

You just hit submit after all of those months of preparing for Graduate School; Securing letters of recommendation, taking your GRE’s once (or twice) finally feeling confident on your personal statements which are sheer perfection especially after having more rewrites than a New York Times piece on foreign policy.  Now it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for the decisions to come in.  Well, not exactly.  Applying for graduate school is just the beginning.  Here are some tips to maximize the waiting game after hitting that submit button:

1) Answer your phone.  Most of us ignore phone numbers that we don’t recognize. You may think, “if it’s important they’ll text me.” Maybe the last time you answered a number you didn’t recognize it was a telemarketer or a scammer trying to get steal your identity.  But think about it, you’ve just sent a lot of schools applications so the likelihood of getting a phone call from your future PI (Principal Investigator) is high.  If not your PI then one of their graduate students so the next time the phone rings pick it up. 

Some Master’s and PhD programs won’t admit without a phone call (or Skype Interview)

2) Read journal articles.  Now that you’re convinced that you need to answer your phone be sure to keep up to date on research.  There’s nothing worse that talking to a prospective student who forgot which research area they’ve applied to or even worse who they’ve applied to work with.  Create an excel spreadsheet listing which school, which lab, which faculty, and what research you’ve expressed interest in. Brush up on articles so that when you get the calls the information will be fresh in your mind.

3) Don’t be afraid to share new information.  You just hit submit and not even a day later you find out that you received a fellowship or your publication has just been accepted.  Have no fear, it’s okay to contact the department directly and ask that this information be added to your file.  However, before you do so make sure it’s something substantial and if in doubt ask a mentor or faculty member from your home institution.

4) Remind your recommenders.  You’ve secured letters of recommendation so don’t forget to give a heartfelt thank you to your recommenders aka a reminder.  Sometimes that thank you is actually a nudge reminding them.  Faculty get busy so bumping this to the top of their email is a great reminder and if you’re still in the process of securing letters make sure to tell them whether you are applying for Masters or PhD and what the actual due dates are.

5) Start looking for housing. I know this one may sound bizarre and possibly premature but if you’re going to be relocating you need to know what your housing options are. Avoid sticker shock by researching university housing or nearby housing options now.

The Shy Undergraduates Guide to Office Hours

You see “Office Hours” listed on your professors’ syllabi but the thought of actually going into your professor’s office immediately causes anxiety. Maybe you’ve managed to squeak out a question or two in class which was hard enough. But meeting your professors during his or her office hours? Well that’s a new level of scary, especially if you’re on the shyer side.

You may think “Well, let me do well in this class so I don’t have to go to office hours.”  (Wrong!) 

If you’re a shy person then the thought of these types of meetings can be painful. However, here’s the deal: going to office hours is not optional it’s a command performance. You work hard as a college student so don’t cheat yourself out of opportunities simply because you’re shy. So exactly what kind of opportunities can you get out of going to office hours?

1) Strong letters of recommendation. Grades alone will not give you a strong letters of recommendation. Transcripts show the grades but if your professor knows you then they will be able to write you even better letters and office hours are a great way for them to get to know you.

2) Research opportunities. Do you know how many times engineering students tell me how in awe they are of their professors’ work? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this work? Great then go to office hours. Ask them about research opportunities at your campus or others. Professors love talking about their research and you’ll immediately win them over. Important: read journal articles or learn about their research in advance.

3) Insight into your dream career. Maybe you haven’t declared your major yet or maybe your major hasn’t been quite what you thought it would be. For instance, maybe you’re a bioengineering major but you’re dream is to work on medical devices. Maybe you’re majoring in chemistry but you’re also really interested in business. Professors can offer insight that can help you navigate the bridge between your major and your future career.

4) Extra curricular opportunities (student clubs, competition teams, study abroad, student government, the list goes on). Many faculty members are also advisers to campus clubs. I knew of a student who got involved in a campus committee specifically because he went to office hours and his professor was looking for students. I also knew a student who got selected for a study abroad experience specifically because the professor wanted students from other majors to participate.

Professors love to meet students with majors that are less likely
to take their classes because it leads to richer in-class conversations.

So have I convinced you yet? Good. Now here’s how to maximize your visits.

Introduce yourself. Who are you? Where are you from? Be clear about why you’re taking this class and what you hope to get out of it intellectually. If it’s a major specific class then you probably think the reason why you’re taking it is obvious but don’t assume that your professor knows what your major is. If it’s a General Education Requirement class you chose that class for a specific reason. Maybe you’re taking a visual art class as a GE and you’re a Civil Engineering major. I’m sure your professor would love to know that you’re expanding your intellectual horizons by taking an art class.

Make sure you know who you’re talking to. Before your visit take time to visit your instructor’s web page and maybe do some research on who they are. I once knew a business professor who was also a boxing judge in China and was on a popular television quiz show. Professors have lives too and knowing about what they do outside of class will make these encounters even less scary. Do some research to find out who they are. Last but not least, remember they were once undergraduates students too. Finally, if you’re dream is to be a college professor let them know!

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REU’s for Social Science Majors

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Texas A & M

Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality

In this REU students will work with TAMU faculty who are investigating patterns, nature, causes, and consequences of social disparities through hands-on participation in research projects supervised by leading faculty researchers examining issues such as

criminology and race
urban ethnography
Stratification
food security and food justice
immigration

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Yale’s Canine Cognition Center works with volunteer dogs in the New Haven area,

Yale

Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition

“The REU program has both scientific and societal benefits integrating research and education. The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs.”

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply:March 1, 2020
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Rice University

Translational Research in Psychological Sciences- Human Factors is an 8-week paid research traineeship at Rice University in Houston that brings together students majoring in psychological and social sciences, neuroscience, behavioral health science, engineering, computer science, math, kinesiology, or biomechanics to work with faculty on on topics in behavioral research that have clear applications to real-world problems.

Levels: Juniors, & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.3
Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2020
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University of Indiana Bloomington

The Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at the University of Indiana Bloomington brings together undergraduates to work with faculty on research projects in animal behavior focusing on neuroscience, cognitive science, fieldwork and behavioral analysis.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: No minimum GPA
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Dordt University & The Ukraine

In this REU students will spend two weeks in the Ukrain and the remaining eight weeks at Dordt University in Sioux City, Iowa. The goal of this REU is to explore current mental health in a developing country focusing on topics such as:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Ukraine
Risk Factors for Distress
Correlates of Subjective Health in Ukraine
Co-morbidity of Smoking and Alcohol

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
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PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship

The $2000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Economics, or Business
Deadline to Apply: December 20, 2019 
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Applicants will write an essay on one of the following prompts (minimum 500 words, no maximum)

Blockchain

Describe which blockchain use cases, in your opinion, will be emerging in the future, and what effect they will have on our lives, economy, and the world.

artificial intelligence

Describe which applications of artificial intelligence will have the most impact on our lives in the future and why.

REU’s in Data Science, Quantum Computing, and Data Analytics

Harvey Mudd College

Data science is one of the fastest growing professional fields of work and research. The REU in Data Science at Harvey Mudd College is a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates interested in data science methods and data-heavy STEM careers. Student participants will be part of research projects and receive additional training in data science methods and professional skills.

Levels: Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizen & Permanent Resident
Minimum GPA: not specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Columbia Business School

Columbia Business School will be seeking outstanding applications for the 2020 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes the students to the world of business research. This highly-selective program provides the interns with the opportunity to work on a research project with CBS’ leading faculty and researchers in finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2020
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University of Houston

The REU Program at the Computer Science Department, University of Houston, themes in Data-Centric Computing, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers a 10-week, all expenses paid Research Experience for undergraduate students. This site offers students from geographically diverse institutions around the country access to vibrant scientific research projects and undergraduate mentorship. The students, working with UH CS faculty and peer students, learn state-of-the-art data science techniques and technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data, etc. and apply them to research focused on solving challenging problems in the society. 

Levels: Rising Juniors & Rising Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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DUKE

The Duke ECE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) brings students from around the world into their faculty research laboratories for nine weeks each summer.

Here are some of the projects that students will work on this summer:

Smart Garment for Automatic Stress and Anxiety Detection and Reduction
Mobile Augmented Reality
Electrical Contact Interfaces to Nanomaterials
Printed Electronics and Biosensors
Automatic Exploration of Machine Learning Models

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens, Permanent Residents, & International Students
Deadline to Apply: January 31 2020
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University of Vermont Complex Systems Center

Undergraduate Fellowship in Complex Systems & Data Science
Through a partnership with MassMutual students will spend ten weeks in the summer understanding human wellness through data analytics at the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center in Burlington, Vermont. Students will work on projects in areas such as:

Longevity & Wellness
Algorithmic Fairness
Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems
Computational Finance 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: No citizenship requirements
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2020
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University of Texas at Austin

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Research for Social Change Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at TACC is actively engaging 10 undergraduate students each summer for nine-weeks in solving real-world problems of national relevance, teaching them to not only be critical thinkers, but to be creative and reflective as well.

Students gain skills in advanced programming and problem solving and use the CI to conduct cutting-edge research in engineering, science, and computational medicine. Research projects emphasize advanced computing as a tool to power discoveries that will impact social change for future generations.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Non-graduating SeniorsCitizenship Requirements:
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 1st
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University of Waterloo

Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary research community, spanning mathematics, computing science, physics, chemistry, and engineering

Levels: All
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & International Students
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2020
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REU’s in Chemistry

SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the American Chemical Society created the SCI Scholars Summer Internship Program to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry. Students are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation. Approximately 30 scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer. Students should be majoring in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. 

Levels: Current sophomores or juniors (check each listing for company preference)
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2019
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University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras

The PR-CLIMB REU Site  at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras seeks to provide undergraduate students a research experience that capitalizes on the academic and professional strengths of the university and Puerto Rico at large. As a minority-serving institution the site will offer a unique experience to a diverse set of students recruited from 2-year and 4-year institutions. In this nine-week program students will engage in fundamental studies of materials and biomolecules for potential applications in water purification, energy storage, sensing, drug design, and drug delivery. Students will also be exposed to a variety of techniques in seminars and seven hands-on workshops that will develop their skill sets in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals fields.

The PR-CLIMB REU Site is designed to provide undergraduate students with high caliber interdisciplinary research experiences that will inspire interest in Chemistry graduate programs and also in the Puerto Rican biotechnology and pharmaceutical job markets as a viable career opportunity.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizenship or permanent residency
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2020
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Numerous sites including Rice University, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, University of Buffalo,University of Wiconsin-Milwaukee 

BioXFEL is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center (STC) that focuses on promoting and advancing the study of Biological molecules using X-ray Free Electron Lasers (XFELs). A summer internship is the best way to get started in this new and exciting field. BioXFEL offers Summer Research Internships to highly qualified undergraduate and post-graduate students with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and all related fields. All applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in research and MUST be US citizens or US Nationals. Women and minorities underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a highly competitive program where students will be given hands-on training in XFEL-related laboratory techniques. The internship also includes a scientific communications workshop, educational seminars and social activities. At the end of the 10-week program, students present their research results to the group. Internships run from the last week of May through the first week of August. Interns that require on-site housing will check into their dorms on Memorial Day, May 26th and check out on Saturday, August 8th.
Deadline to Apply: February 7, 2020
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AMGEN Scholars Program

he Amgen Scholars Program is hosted at 13 educational institutions within the United States. 
Applicants must be enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories. Applicants should be must be interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements:  U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents
Minimum GPA:  3.2
Deadline to Apply: February 1st
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West Virginia University 

The objectives of West Virginia University’s Chemistry REU Site are to :

  1. provide authentic research opportunities for students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and attending predominantly undergraduate institutions;
  2. involve participants in research projects that benefit society, either directly or indirectly;
  3. improve participant understanding of the research enterprise (from project inception, attainment of funding, to research completion, and dissemination of results); and
  4. retain participants within the chemistry/biochemistry major and encourage them to continue to post-baccalaureate opportunities

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Deadline to Apply: February 2020
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Texas A & M University

This REU summer research program focuses on interdisciplinary projects in sustainable chemistry. Participants become full members of a research group, carrying out fundamental research on topics that span the chemical sciences. Students will participate in a Sustainable Chemistry workshop and professional development focused on Science Communication.

This is a competitive program open to undergraduate chemistry majors (or closely related fields) enrolled in 4-year U.S. colleges and universities other than Texas A&M who have completed at least their first year with a 3.0 GPA or better with strong letters of recommendation. Students must have completed at least 2 semesters of college chemistry including laboratories

Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Multiple Institutions including UCLA, UC BErkeley, STANFORD, MIT, University of michigan, UC Irvine, Caltech

Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program CSURP is a program for undergraduate students with an interest in majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering and would like experience in conducting supervised summer research. The program is supported by the NSF Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF), which is a network of 22 academic research laboratories at 15 partnering institutions throughout the country. The CCHF is one of eight National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Centers for Chemical Innovation.

No previous research experience is required, but students should be able to express an interest in the field of C–H Functionalization

Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: Not specified

Deadline to Apply: February 8, 2020
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Upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences

Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Sept 18-21
San Diego, CA 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
October 1 – 4 
Orlando, FL

Great Minds in STEM
September 25 – 29th
Lake Buena Vista FL


Sacnas 
October 31 – November 2nd 
Honolulu, Hawaii

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 
October 30 – November 2nd
Phoenix, AZ

Society of Women Engineers
November 7 to 9 
Anaheim, CA

Out in Stem
November 14 – 17th
Detroit, MI

ABRCMS
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 13 – 16, 2019 
Anaheim, CA

National Society of Black Physicists
November 14 – 17
Providence, RI 

National Society of Black Engineers
March 25-29, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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Tips for Attending Your First STEM Conference

Fall is definitely conference season.  As a STEM major there are many valuable conferences that you may wish to attend.  If you’re planning to attend a conference whether it be a regional or national conference here are some tips to optimize your experience.

1) ALERT YOUR PROFESSORS

Since you’ll likely be missing a few days of class you should let your professors (and TA’s) know as soon as you find out you’re going to the conference. Email is best but be sure to do this well in advance. If you don’t get a response then talk to them in person. Once you’ve confirmed then follow up with an email thanking them for accommodating you so that you can attend the conference.

What do you say? As with most professors a concise email is best but be sure to explain the nature of the conference. Spell out any acronyms and include a link to the conference site to give them even more information. If you’re presenting a poster or giving a technical talk even better. I once had a student whose professor asked her if she wanted to present her research talk to the class to prepare. The professor was so impressed with her talk that he invited her to work in her lab as a researcher. Professors are very supportive and understand the value of these types of professional development opportunities. But remember the sooner you let them know the better.

2) MAKE A SCHEDULE

Take a look at the conference schedule and plan out the workshops that speak to you. 
Although you’ll likely get a hard copy of the conference at the registration be proactive and make up your own schedule.  Some workshops might be limited or require advance registrations so you’ll be glad that you have looked at the schedule beforehand. 

3) UPLOAD YOUR RESUME & BRING PRINTED COPIES

If you have the option, upload your resume.  Many conferences ask that students upload copies of their resumes.  Before you upload your resume go to your campus’ Career Center or another reliable source to get your resume critiqued. Always save your resumes as PDF that way you can be sure the formatting isn’t weird. 

4) BRING BUSINESS CARDS AND USE THEM

Who do you give business cards to?  Speakers, students from other schools,upper division students,  industry representatives, and anyone else that you’d like to connect with after the conference.  

What should you include on your business cards? 
You can easily create business cards and include the basics such as:
Your first and last name
Major
Year you will graduate
Phone number 
LinkedIn URL (optional but recommended)
If you do include a LInkedin URL be sure to customize it as much as possible.  
If you have your own website include that as well. 

5) UNPLUG YOUR LAPTOP AND PLUG INTO THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT YOU

If you’re flying to the conference then this is a great time to catch up on homework, however,  once you step off the plane plan to fully engage. Do not stay in your room the whole time studying. Remember the reason why you decided to come to the conference in the first place which is to network and for professional development.

6) GO TO THE CAREER FAIR AND/OR RESEARCH FAIR

If your conference has a Career Fair be sure to  scan the list of all of the companies scheduled to attend.If you’ve uploaded a copy of your resume you’ll likely be contacted.  Be sure you know what the company does before you talk to them at the career fair.

Research Fairs are similar to career fairs but instead of companies you’ll find universities and labs promoting research programs (REU programs) and graduate school programs. 

It is never too early or too late to visit either the Career Fair or the Research Fair. Thinking about graduate school?   Ask if the graduate program has a Graduate Preview Day. Many schools will fly students out to schools (for free) to introduce them to their graduate programs.

Fun Fact: many schools will give graduate school fee waivers to conference attendees so don’t be shy about asking about fee waivers

7) DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Business casual is always a good option but business professional is even better. Maybe even bring something formal is there’s a formal banquet.  But formal doesn’t mean club clothes it means business professional. Think about what you might wear to an interview because attending a conference in some ways is an interview and if you play your cards right at the career fair you’ll likely get an interview!  

Collared shirts or a nice blouse are good choices. No ripped jeans or faded jeans. If you do wear jeans make sure that they are dark jeans and pair them with a nice blazer.  No shorts or tank tops. Also, if you’re wearing a suit be sure to wear dark dress socks. Nothing ruins a great suit worse than a pair bright white gym socks.  Always wear comfortable shoes since you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking.  If you’re a West Coast person you’ll notice that folks on the East Coast tend to dress a little more formal.  You might even see snow for the first time!  

Quick Tip:  Wear your school sweatshirt or t-shirt when you’re traveling to the airport of during times when you can wear casual attire. It’s a great way to connect with people especially alums from your school who might be attending the conference.

8) WEAR YOUR CONFERENCE NAME BADGE

There’s nothing worse than getting up early going downstairs to start your day at the conference and forgetting your name badge. Forget your badge and you’ll either need to walk back (or even worse take the shuttle) back to your hotel and get it. If you lose it, you might even have to pay.  Think of your name badge as your key because it literally is, it’s your key to getting into the conference so don’t lose it.

Once you attend you’re first conference then you’ll likely be looking to attend more. Check out these upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences.

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Winter & Spring Internships

Brookhaven National Lab

Winter College Mini Semester at Brookhaven
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Office of Educational Programs (OEP) seeks applicants for the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Mini-Semester Program. Selected students from college programs will be invited to participate in a six-day program developed to introduce participants to BNL’s science.

The 2020 College Mini-Semester program will be held January 06 – 11, 2020.
Participation in the course is limited to 20 students.

Citizenship Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Accepted candidates will have their housing and travel fully funded.
Deadline to Apply: November 1st
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Department of Energy SULI Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Levels: Full-time undergraduates and recent graduates
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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Department of Energy CCI Program

The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Levels: Full-time community college students
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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National Community College aerOSPACE Scholars

The National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, program is an educational experience for community college students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides selected students with a four-day, in-person learning experience at a NASA center.

As part of the program, students will participate in a five-week online workshop, consisting of discussions, live video chats with NASA experts and various mission design challenges. Students will then apply for the opportunity to spend four days at a NASA center, getting an inside look at NASA missions and science, networking with NASA scientists and engineers, and developing a presentation to showcase their work to a panel of judges.

Levels: Community College Students
Citzenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline to Apply: October 16th
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