How can I find remote research/internship oportunities this summer?
Hi! I just finished my freshmen year of undergrad and was supposed to enroll in a research project this summer. unfortunately all the programs that I applied to are cancelled due to covid-19. was wondering if I could still find some online research related programs. #research #internship #medical #science
Networking with your college professors is a great first step!
However, If you’re had a hard time connecting with your previous professors...
1. Go on your college’s website and find the field you’d be interested in researching in
2. Find a directory with professors teaching in that field, typically they include a blurb about themselves and the courses they teach with their contact information
3. Find a professor you may click with and read up on their work (for brownie points)
Email the professor you desire to work with and express how interested you are in the field and connect your interests with theirs. Use points they’ve made in their previous work (articles, journals, publications,etc) that resonated with you. Include in the email that you’re looking for a research position with them whether it be an internship, volunteer, or part-time position and say “If there aren’t any available positions to work with you, can you help point me in the right direction?”
If you are not able to access a professor directory page, search up keywords like “Research Programs at XYZ”/“Research Opportunities at XYZ” and look through your college’s job directory.
Emailing is definitely intimidating but don’t give up! - They want to help you!
This advice is from how I landed my paid research position as a research assistant for through a Work Study Research Assistant Program. I was transferring from a community college and had zero connections at the state research college I was entering into. I read up on a specific professor an emailed her, we clicked great and she became a mentor to me and offered me the position!
There are many opportunities out there. You should start by networking with one of your professors and see if there are other research or research-related opportunities out there. I am unsure how your campus works, but my university campus has their own job website that is strictly for the university students to apply through only. If you have one, you can also check that out. Another piece of advice is to check out a LinkedIn. Based on your profile, you'll be able to network with other companies and check if there have hiring or volunteer positions available. Through LinkedIn, I also found a site called VolunteerMatch. It's a site that matches your profile and interests to other positions, similar to LinkedIn, but it for volunteer services. This is how I found CareerVillage and other volunteer internships. Either way, I understand how difficult it may be to find research-related opportunities, but it also doesn't hurt to ask the company or organization questions via email! Don't give up, keep up the hard work, and good luck!