Also, I'm not to keen on working for free, either, unless that's not as outlandish a concept as I perceive it to be.
April 15, 2011 1:43 PM Subscribe
Thinking way, way ahead filter: I would like an industry internship for summer 2012, between the first and second year of my MSc in Biochemistry program. How do I go about securing it?
posted by halogen to work & money (3 answers total)
I'll be a graduate student in Sweden starting this fall, but as far as I understand at this point, I will not be expected to spend the summer between my first and second year there. I have two years of full-time biomedical research experience at a hospital-affiliated research institute, and two and a half more (part-time but paid) at my undergraduate school prior to graduating in 2009. I'm not entirely sure whether I will go on to get more schooling after the MSc, so I'd like to experience what working in industry would be like.
I would rather spend the summer either in Seattle, Houston, or somewhere outside of the United States, in another English-speaking country (Australia would be great). I speak other languages as well, but my science vocabulary is exclusively in English. I have dual EU/US citizenship and up until now all of my education and experience is from the US.
I know I'm asking this approximately a year too soon, but I would like to know what I should be doing once my program starts to secure a position for the following summer. I'm also having a hard time finding graduate internship positions posted online, and am not sure they even exist. The only possible industry "connections" I can think of are sales representatives.
Where should I look for these opportunities? Would it be totally out of line to contact companies I'm interested in and inquire about possibly non-existant internship programs – basically, try to get someone with authority to want me there?