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University of Michigan

Research Assistant

May 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Ann Arbor, the job itself

What I wish was different

I wish I had been better at it.

Advice

Look for research opportunities at Michigan; they're everywhere
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Research Assistant

May - July 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked being able to work full time in a research lab. I got a better idea of how research would be as a career and a better idea of everything that goes into it.

What I wish was different

The MCube Program was a little disorganized and the weekly meetings could have been more interesting and relevant.

Advice

Don't be afraid to talk to your PI! They always seem kind of intimidating at first but I feel like they really want to help in any way they can and are definitely a great resource to have.
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Interior Design Intern

May - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It was a great, well rounded, real world design experience.

What I wish was different

I wish it paid a little more.

Advice

Go all in, do your best.
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Media Design Fellow

May 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I love my coworkers and the amount of professional development available to me. I love the work and learning opportunities I am able to engage in. I love the wide range of colleagues and university faculty I engage with.

What I wish was different

I wish my internship was in person rather than virtual.

Advice

Do not be scared to reach out to your mentor and your team if you have something you'd like to do, or would like more or less work. Everyone is incredibly willing to work with you to find a compromise between work and personal needs .
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Procurement agent

June 2016 - January 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Coworkers

What I wish was different

More variety

Advice

Ask to shadow as many people/teams as possible
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Web Developer/Designer

May 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Interns got to work on projects where they really excel as well as sample other roles to see if that appeals to them too.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more time. Things had to be done quickly because you were juggling different projects in a short time period.

Advice

This is a still a time where you are not sure what you want to do with your life. Pay close attention to what you like/dislike and apply that to your search for your next job opportunity.
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Wu Manufacturing Center Researcher

July 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

It was a very flexible environment with plenty of interesting things to do. I learned a ton of different skills that I had never even experienced before.

What I wish was different

I wish there hadn't been so much pressure especially in the scenario where none of it has been attempted before.

Advice

Don't get stuck on remedial tasks. Share what you want to be doing and find out how to make it happen.
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Maintenance Mechanic

February 2017 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Light workload

What I wish was different

Low pay

Advice

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Interior Design Intern

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Working for the University.

What I wish was different

More work to do.

Advice

Be humble.
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Information Referral Assistant

May - November 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the flexibility of the position and the consistent schedule.

What I wish was different

There was often very little to do at work in terms of tasks.

Advice

Oftentimes, the summer jobs where you do more work versus less work are preferable.
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Student researcher

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked the ability to learn and research a medicinally relevant project

What I wish was different

I had no qualms with my experience

Advice

Ask yourself if that type of job is something you'd like to do in the future
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Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Good research experience

What I wish was different

More hands on engagement with the research projects.

Advice

Psychological research may get repetitive since you are testing hundreds of participants in the same way but remember the larger goal of the research and stay motivated
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

Great learning experience, great people! Opportunity for presentations and professional growth

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Don't be afraid to communicate what isn't working for you in terms of your learning experience
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Summer Research Fellow

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I apppreciated the collaborative learning environment at UMich. I was comfortable asking my colleagues and peers questions, and they made work fun. Hard work was expected, but also rewarded to some extent.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Residential Assistant

July - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It would be most conducive to take up this job with another part time job or a summer class!
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Researcher

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed the opportunity to work on my own project and employ the skills I 'd learned from working on a lab on my University's campus, while also receiving valuable input from my PI and mentor.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten the opportunity to talk to people in my cohort more. There weren't many events dedicated to helping us bond, so I never formed friendships that could have been enjoyable.

Advice

I encourage people to talk to as many grad students on campus as possible. They have a lot of experience and are always willing to offer great tips about how to pursue research and apply to graduate school
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Research Assistant

May 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I liked that I was able to continue to learn about my lab while getting payed.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have explored other labs in the area.

Advice

I would tell other students to apply to everything! Internships, research, and co-ops. That way you have a selection to choose from.
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Biological Technician

June 2020 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The manager, the coworkers and the experience

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to perform more experiments

Advice

Trust your manager and be open with them. Work as hard as you can and always ask good questions
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - June 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

I loved being in charge of my own schedule and experiments. I could decide when to come in, as long as I pushed my experiments forward. The lab environment is also very friendly and helpful, and we frequently went on outings as well. I learned so much from the two months I did research.

What I wish was different

I wish I decided to stay in Ann Arbor for a little longer, rather than go home in after half the summer. I think I've could've benefited a lot by doing research for an extended period of time. Another thing is that some of the experiments had to be repeated several times and the protocols are a little monotonous after you do it 10 times, so I wish I could've tried a few new things.

Advice

Don't be afraid of asking others for help, even if you think it's a "dumb" question. It's better to know and learn it now, rather than try to unsuccessfully figure it out on your own.
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Researcher and Software Engineer

May - August 2018 • Ann Arbor, MI

What I liked

The monthly conferences, the opportunity to work with more experienced people

What I wish was different

Real workspace rather than working from home/wherever

Advice

It's very self motivated even though you report biweekly; make sure to stay on track and ask as many questions to your leads as you can when planning your tasks
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