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lavendrinNext steps

- apply to the LAS internship thing
- apply to the university job search and development thing
- email prof again about research – DONE
- apply to cancer internship (need to get documentation of participation in uni internship program first)

I’m already trying to nag this one (new) health department into giving me something, but I think I could just be annoying. 2 years ago


lavendrinlol..

Since my last post, I’ve exchanged several more emails and calls with this lady. One day, when she promised to call, she simply didn’t. I haven’t heard from her again. What a waste of time! Obviously this goal didn’t happen, but I’m going to rename it to “find an internship.” I’m still interesting in finding an internship for the fall or next summer. 2 years ago


lavendrinGot a volunteering position (not health related though)

If my previous entries are of any indication, I am really itching to do something. I’ve tried the local food pantry a couple times, but it just wasn’t my thing. These past few wks I’ve been emailing back and forth with a local(ish) homeless shelter and eventually they placed me somewhere. Today was my 1st day!

Well.. I liked it a lot better than the food pantry. It was fun at times, dull at others, and kind of awkward mostly. But it’s a real community there and I think that once I get to know people better, I’ll like it more. It’s Mondays and Fridays, 8hrs a week.

Meanwhile, I’m playing one-manned tennis with calling the health dept (that I already gave up on) because I was told by my contact that it would be rude to refuse what they have to offer. I’m pretty much following up out of courtesy. Unfortunately, it’s becoming a very lengthy and frustrating courtesy follow up. I’m quite sure that I failed whatever phone interview the lady in charge devised, so I’m sure that I won’t get anything “crazy good” in terms of a volunteering position.. but you know.. just being courteous I suppose. I’m just happy I found something to do on a regular basis every wk. 2 years ago


lavendrinLooking for other options

If I alphabetically sorted my plans for this summer, the other options that I’m considering are plans X, Y and Z. Literally, everything I tried to do – fell apart. Currently, I’m trying to volunteer at a homeless shelter (I already interviewed but they never called me back o.o) or a free clinic. Either way, I think I have to try to get that TB test in. I’ve been putting it off because I’m afraid of getting a false positive (which sometimes happens for people who were vaccinated for something in a different country). I don’t really have the funds to cover an x-ray..

The other things that I’m working on is setting up an Etsy shop. I wanted to do this last summer, but I was more focused on other things and didn’t really have the will to put in the work required. Now that I’m pretty much bumming here, I want to take the opportunity to try it out. 2 years ago


lavendrinNot sure if it's happening anymore..

I’ve told nearly everyone I know about my “internship,” but I’m not sure if it’s happening anymore. It’s almost June and there is no update on it. For some reason it’s hard to reach the people in charge. To make it worse, my mother is inventing things that I “must” do (9AM this, 2PM that), and I don’t even have anything to say for myself. I haven’t done zilch for the past 3 weeks waiting on this stupid so called internship and I have nothing.

I’m applying to that library job I mentioned before and I’m also taking the TB test for the free clinic volunteering that is still an option. This just can’t get any worse. I feel like a complete idiot! 2 years ago


lavendrinMisssed the DP opportunity

Oops. I guess I waited too long. Now I’m kind of relying on the other unpaid opportunity instead.

My local library is hiring computer lab assistants. It’s 20hrs a week, ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE, a few weekdays afternoons and Friday/Saturday mornings with every other Sunday free. It would be a fair schedule, since I would be able to come into my internship a few days a week (I would wait to apply though, since I need to find out exactly the timing on the internship) and then go on weekend trips every other week if I feel like it. I think I will email my former volunteering supervisor (I volunteered teaching seniors computer skills) to see if she will be one of my references. It has the potential to be kind of boring, but it’s better than any other job I’m qualified for so far.

On an unrelated note, it seems like my mom is unhappy that I have actual plans for the summer. She says that she would rather I stay home and tutor my brother. While I’m all for ‘keeping the peace’ with my family, this will likely to be an enduring source of negativity, since obtaining an internship and/or paid job this summer is crucial in setting up myself for a career after college. I’m nearly 21 years old, I’m not a babysitter (!). She seems undecided about whether she wants me ‘out of the house ASAP’ or ‘in the house forever’. Since I have the fullest intentions of moving out my senior year of college, I will respectfully disagree that an internship is ‘pointless’ and will keep forging my own path into my field of choice. 2 years ago


lavendrinUpdate

It seems like the unpaid opportunity at the health dept is on, although my actual work is to be determined. I was told that I will be updated by June, so I have still have 2 weeks.

Since the opportunity is unpaid, I’m still planning on applying to that other opportunity I mentioned two posts ago (#3). I’ve updated my resume and now I have to write a cover letter. I’m also going to take a crack at my tutoring goal for the summer. It would be nice to get a few hours here and there with private tutoring so I’m not in the negatives every week. 2 years ago


lavendrin(almost) good news!

I’ve heard back from one of the people I contacted and his relative is securing me some kind of volunteering/unpaid internship gig at a health department not too far away! Now I’m just waiting on the details – I can do clerical stuff for sure, but I might be able to do something research-related and/or within the epi department. Either way, I’m stoked. I really pretty much was ready to give up. Sure.. it’s unpaid, but the competition is so rough for undergraduates, I’m happy with it. It could also be bridge for other oppoetunities, not to mention the fact that I will get a taste of my chosen field. :) 2 years ago


lavendrinNew opportunities springing up!

I’ve had 3 brand new opportunities spring up out of no where.

1) One is an old opportunity that I saw before several months ago and I guess the person they hired bailed on them because they advertised it again. It’s PAID! How can someone bail on a PAID research gig? Unbelievable. Unless of course it was a very accomplished student that got one of the well-paid internships I was rejected from. F that student, regardless.

2) The second opportunity came out of another person I indirectly contacted, who asked the HR in a health dept near me about opportunities and they requested for my resume (go referrals!).

3) Finally a random new internship was created a few days ago at a health dept that I thought I couldn’t work at because the one internship they offered required the intern to be 21+ (strange?).

I already created CVs and resumes for the 1st 2 and send them off.

My next step is to create a CV and resume for the 3rd opportunity and then figure out how to get a TB test so that I can apply to a local clinic for volunteering (by back up). I think that I have a fair chance, although I’m being cautious about excitement so I won’t be let down. Many people already have internships and others may have given up. I may not be a strong applicant because I’m inexperienced, but I’m tenacious and a strong writer, so I have that going for me. 2 years ago


lavendrinhitting dead ends

One of the people I contacted yesterday already replied with vague answers that everybody already re-iterated to me 100 times. Nothing from the public health department I contacted (I guess they could be waiting for a better applicant). Just now I emailed a local free clinic to see if they want ‘some kind of’ volunteer. There are some clerical jobs inside hospitals that I’m looking into, but I’m not ready to jump up and down about data entry.

Why does it seem like people in my field are lost/lazy/unambitious? It seems like nobody trusts undergraduates to volunteer/help out/shadow them, for fear of immaturity. I might start looking into statistics research/gigs because at least there all you need is a head on your shoulders instead of some kind of insider or expensive mission trip to distinguish yourself. 2 years ago


lavendrinThis goal has turned into "find anything at all related to public health"

Anyway, this weekend I emailed a couple people who may connect me to opportunities in the field, as well as submitted my application to one of the public health depts. This entire process has gotten about 100x more painful since I got my summer internship rejections. I have nightmares that I do get called in for an interview (improbable to begin with) for an internship and bomb it… 2 years ago


lavendrinSome good news

I may have figured out my back up activity. One of my boyfriend’s relatives work in a health dept and she may help me get some kind of secretarial volunteer work there. It’s not ideal. It’s an hour away by car from my suburb and also far away from Chicago – more than an hour commute by a different metra train line and a couple buses. They really put that health department out of the way from everything! Also, it’s not ideal since it’s not actually health-related except the fact that it will get my face known in the hospital which may lead to a health-related opportunity later on. I will still consider it, but it’s far from ideal and I will keep looking. 2 years ago


lavendrinWent to career services.. a little more hopeful

Surprisingly enough, career services at my uni was fairly helpful. By this point, I have pretty low standards, but the trek to that awful building was worth it. I was told that my resume and cover letters were fine, but I may be competing with grad students because of the nature of my field (grad students in public health need to get field experience for their curriculum). It makes me feel a little better. Although, there are definitely skills that I am lacking which would qualify me for many of the internships I applied for.. like data entry/collection, lab experience, and hospital volunteering experience. So my next steps are:

1) Go to LAS internships office to get access to our school’s internship database
2) Apply for internships or volunteer work at the public health departments near me
3) Apply for internships or volunteering work at hospitals near me

First thing though, is that I will fix up my drafts of my resume and cover letter, using the suggestions from today, for one of the positions that I wanted to apply for and send it in. I swear, I will get SOMETHING, anything, faintly connected to working in public health or in a hospital for the summer. I WILL! I am going to be persistent and stubborn and they will not be able to refuse me. 2 years ago


lavendrinRejected again

I’ve been rejected for 3. My NIH is rejected by default unless an investigator contacts me with an offer and no one has. That leaves only one more, an unpaid 4-week seminar-based learning trip. I’m not sure if I will be accepted into that either. Basically, Plan A has failed.

I’m working on Plan B, which is to get an unpaid internship. I’ve asked around about public health opportunities and am waiting to hear back from those people. I’ve also looked into health departments as I’ve said before. There are 2 opportunities, one is in the city and unpaid, the other is paid and closer to where I live. This is kind of frustrating since commuting to the city is much more expensive than commuting to the neighboring county, and I’m strapped for money. Either way, I don’t have lab experience or public health coursework, which puts me in an unfavorable position. I can imagine many people clamoring over these jobs who are well-qualified and don’t have issues with money. In any case, I still plan to apply. I will be polishing my resume today and emailing my research prof about being one of my references.

Plan C is to take a class over the summer at my community college and hopefully get a job. For the first part, I have to contact my useless advisor to see what he has to say about using that course to satisfy one of my gen eds (it will not count for credit). The upside is that I will free time to take a very interesting neuroscience course, which I hear offers opportunities for lab work experience. The second part is more tricky. I don’t want to do retail or food service. I want something just a notch above. Right now I’m looking at working at a zoo by leading info tours with kids or some kind of simple data-entry or clerk position. 2 years ago


lavendrinRejected again

I’ve been rejected for 3. My NIH is rejected by default unless an investigator contacts me with an offer and no one has. That leaves only one more, an unpaid 4-week seminar-based learning trip. I’m not sure if I will be accepted into that either. Basically, Plan A has failed.

I’m working on Plan B, which is to get an unpaid internship. I’ve asked around about public health opportunities and am waiting to hear back from those people. I’ve also looked into health departments as I’ve said before. There are 2 opportunities, one is in the city and unpaid, the other is paid and closer to where I live. This is kind of frustrating since commuting to the city is much more expensive than commuting to the neighboring county, and I’m strapped for money. Either way, I don’t have lab experience or public health coursework, which puts me in an unfavorable position. I can imagine many people clamoring over these jobs who are well-qualified and don’t have issues with money. In any case, I still plan to apply. I will be polishing my resume today and emailing my research prof about being one of my references.

Plan C is to take a class over the summer at my community college and hopefully get a job. For the first part, I have to contact my useless advisor to see what he has to say about using that course to satisfy one of my gen eds (it will not count for credit). The upside is that I will free time to take a very interesting neuroscience course, which I hear offers opportunities for lab work experience. The second part is more tricky. I don’t want to do retail or food service. I want something just a notch above. Right now I’m looking at working at a zoo by leading info tours with kids or some kind of simple data-entry or clerk position. 2 years ago


lavendrinNew batch of applications

After attending a couple career workshop meetings at my uni, I’m inspired to send out a new batch of applications. This time, I’m looking for public health-related internships and volunteering positions, probably unpaid, at places I would potentially see myself working after I graduate. Right now I’m looking at public health departments and I may look into hospitals as well. First I need to recreate a specific resume that is aimed at that kind of position, so that’s where I will start this Saturday when I work on my ‘big’ project of finding career relevant experience. 2 years ago


lavendrinAlternative options for summer break

I’ve been feeling down about my internship search, so I decided to come up with a list of interesting things that I would do if I don’t get one:

- read classic Russian literature (I always thought it would be cool to read the classics in the original language!)
- read more Paul Farmer books
- watch modern French and Russian movies
- learn basic Swedish
- participate in unpaid research at my uni (may be tricky with money, but I still have some money in my savings)
- research interesting topics in public health, along with potential professors to work with
-plan out which activities I would like to experiment with next year to strategically boost my success in scholarship applications and overall ‘impressiveness’

And a final not so fun thing I would have to do: work on securing a paid job or internship for the school year + research scholarship options. 2 years ago


lavendrinLosing hope..

Rejection email 2 from NIH internship. I’m beginning to think that I just don’t have the skills they want. But how could I have possibly participated in research sooner and gained those skills if I JUST transferred to a university? Going to community college is a double edged sword.

In any case, I think one of my internships is going to be sending out emails mid April, so I’m waiting anxiously. 2 years ago


lavendrinRejection #2

UNMC doesn’t want me. I guess I probably wouldn’t have passed their vaccination requirement anyway. But it’s pretty disheartening. 3 more left.. 2 years ago


lavendrinSent out contact emails and applied to one summer job

I’ve been very productive ever since that rejection email came in.. haha. I have sent 5 contact emails for the NIH summer internship (with one already sent back as a rejection). I also applied to one job as a lab aide, which would keep me at a financial plateau in the summer (better than a financial dive into the grand canyon!). I think I’m done with the internship stuff, I don’t think there is much else I can do for the NIH one. I will now focus on applying to 2-3 more summer job positions and securing a research project for the school year. I might be able to get a data entry position at one of the zoos around here, which would be nice (customer service = blech). I suppose if I don’t end up getting anything for the summer, I could catch up on my French and read a lot of books, while looking for job opportunities for the next school year. Getting an internship is the dream right now, though.

Edit: I found another internship that will allow me to gain some great experience organizing health intervention programs for the Peace Corps… I applied! :) 2 years ago


lavendrinFirst rejection

I just got my first rejection email. It’s very worrying, since I thought that I was the most qualified for that one. I think I may have to start looking for a summer job more seriously for back up. 2 years ago


lavendrinAlmost unbelievable - submitted 2 more apps!!

I visited my old prof and he suggested that I should apply to a couple more internships to increase my chances of getting something. I wasn’t sure if I would do it, but then I sucked in my ego, and punched out 2 more applications and submitted them! Now my total is at 5. I’m still a little worried that I won’t get something, but I think that my odds are pretty good, so I’m going to shift my focus on something else for a while while the reviewing is going on. 2 years ago


lavendrin3 applications - DONE!

I finished 3 apps! It’s almost unbelievable, because it was such a hassle. Personal essays, letters of rec, transcripts, everything. I thought the “hassle” was over once I transferred to university, but I was SO WRONG.

Now I’m waiting for the results… one application has an early Feb deadline, so I’ll probably hear from them first. The others’ deadlines are in early March, so I probably won’t hear from them until April. I honestly don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t get an internship.. I can’t take classes because it would mean that I’d be spending even more money that I don’t have.. *sigh. And getting a part-time job again will probably make me willingly dig myself a grave. 2 years ago


lavendrinprogress

I’m going to submit one application today! I researched other opportunities and I will decide on 2-3 others that I will apply to. They all sound exciting, but I don’t want to stretch myself too thin, especially since I will have to worry about midterms soon. I also sucked in my pride and asked my arch prof for a recommendation.. so now I have more or less free will in selecting my internship applications because I will have 2 rec letters.

I have this crazy idea to send a letter/email to someone in the WHO to see if they’re looking for an intern.. I read about how they come up with and implement interventions for problems such as PPH, so I do have an angle. It’s crazy though, it would be a miracle if they actually read and replied to it. But the idea just sends my mind reeling, so I might just do it anyway. 2 years ago


lavendrinFirst step

The first thing I have to do is email a bunch of professors at my uni. I’m also going to try to arrange a meeting with the anthro advisor to see if he knows anyone needing a research intern. I’ve been putting it off all week.. chances are that I won’t get to this until Sunday/Monday. 2 years ago


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