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What internships should I look for if I plan to major in the Science field, what college courses would be helpful?

I would like background information on what I need to be successful #biologist #ecologist

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Rachel’s Answer

My advice is to join any internship or volunteer work you are interested in doing! Internships are meant to provide information and training for your future career and will improve your chance for getting hired. I did a few internships which I gained a lot of skills and perspective about different companies and the work environment.


I also recommend taking a variety of college courses if you are still unsure what you want to do in the future. I didn't decide my major until the end of my sophomore year. By testing out different courses and internships, I gained a broad range of skills and knowledge which I found is very valuable in today's job market.


There are many different departments of science for you to choose from. I say follow your interests and stay curious. Scientist are always learning new things and taking on new opportunities! It is a very fun and rewarding career.


I was interested in science and studied environmental science because of my passion for nature and living on a healthy planet.


Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any comments or questions. Good luck!!




Rachel recommends the following next steps:

Narrow down you science interests (human biology, wildlife biology, ecology, microbiology, marine biology)
Research jobs and internships
Review the required qualifications for your desired job/internship. That will help you determine college courses and training needed to pursue that career
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Ian’s Answer

Marica,


Types of internships to look for depend highly on the type of science you are looking to study. It's always best to find something in your field but these are not always available. An important thing to do if you are interested in becoming a scientist is to focus your time on critical thinking and creative problem solving.


As for college courses there are many, but again they depend on the type of science that interests you. As a biologist you would be required to take introduction to chemistry 1 and 2, organic chemistry 1 and 2, biochemistry, introduction to physics 1 and 2, statistics, as well as a slew of biology courses ranging from introduction to biology to molecular cell biology. If you then find yourself more interested in microbiology there will be opportunities to focus your attention there.


Science as a field however is varied and there is not one path to take. You have to decide what interests you first whether it be geology, biology, chemistry, physics, or something else entirely. A lot of this will naturally happen as you take classes and it's alright to change your mind from one field to another.

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