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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2020 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

The professional development was meaningful and individually tailored. We were given plenty of support and freedom in working with the professor we were matched with. Additionally, RISE at Rutgers faculty handled the virtual transition incredibly well.

What I wish was different

I wish we had been able to function in person so we could have taken full advantage of the cohort building.

Advice

Anyone with an interest in academic research should consider applying.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - September 2021 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

Great environment, low stress with a helpful team and interesting work!

What I wish was different

More hands on experience

Advice

Have initiative and make your experience what you want it to be. Send out emails and ask questions
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CES Office Intern

September - October 2021 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed being part of the project planning processes to help out other Rutgers students for the brief time I worked at the CES office. I enjoyed the co-worker relations and welcoming work culture at the Rutgers CES offices. The flexibility of the schedule was greatly appreciated as well. I felt very supported and felt part of a bigger purpose by assisting Sharon, Lisa, and speaking with Linda, and Larissa on getting onboarded. The whole process was efficient and well managed.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more time to work at the CES offices with my school schedule! My only regret was not planning more classes later in the day to make the most of my mornings working on fun and engaging projects for students at the university!

Advice

I would advise people to truly become self aware of your personality and mission to better align who you are with who you will work for-- when you find the right match, work becomes purposeful and fun! This is what I felt as a CES Intern for my brief time there.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - August 2021 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I liked that it gave me the opportunity to experience the research process as I was deciding on whether or not to continue my education post-grad.

What I wish was different

I do wish that some of it were in-person. Because everything was mostly virtual, I wasn’t able to get much experience in the lab.

Advice

As most people say, it is what you make of it. The program was a great place to get feedback from professionals in the field. It’s also a good time to network not just with the teachers, but also with your fellow peers.
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Internship

September 2020 • Mahwah, NJ

What I liked

Learned so much Mentoring Skill building

What I wish was different

In person opportunities would have been great if it weren't for Covid

Advice

Research possible opportunities and don't assume you won't get the experience, it never hurts to reach out and apply.
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Psychologist Research Assistant

May 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I had a flexible schedule where I would submit research I would find regularly to the professor I was working under, and the topic I was, and am still, researching is very interesting.

What I wish was different

This is out of anyone's control, but I wish I could have been there in person. Instead, I we sent information back and forth via email and zoom.

Advice

I would say, definitely don't be afraid to approach your professors for research opportunities! I managed to and I couldn't be happier with the research I'm doing. Go out there and seek opportunities!
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Marine Biologist Intern

June - August 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I liked that I was able to meet new people and learn computer systems that I would need to use in the future. Additionally, a lot of my experience prepared me for the future and the direction I want to go in.

What I wish was different

I wish I was a little closer to home or that there were more things to do around the area. I would have also liked if the dorms were bigger.

Advice

You have to come in with an open mind and try to connect with your mentors and piers.
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First Year Engagement Intern

May 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I like the people that I worked with.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was great.

Advice

Try to take advantage of every opportunity that gets presented to you.
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Environmental Analyst Intern

June - September 2020 • Rahway, NJ

What I liked

We worked in groups to analyze food carbon emissions. I liked the experience working with real data and with other students.

What I wish was different

Wish there had been more direction, at times the employer (Rutgers Climate Task Force) was unclear or didn't provide much instruction.

Advice

Would hope the CLimate Task Force in the future would be better prepared to deal with large student volunteer volume.
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Scarlet Ambassador

May 2019 • Piscataway, NJ

What I liked

I enjoyed the staff who were incredibly friendly and helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more interactions with prospective students

Advice

I would encourage others to embrace the experience fully and to be outgoing.
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Research Assistant

June - September 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

The opportunities I was provided, the experience that I earned

What I wish was different

I wish it lasted longer

Advice

Be very precise with everything you do.
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Plant pathology summer intern

June - August 2019 • Chatsworth, NJ

What I liked

Yes

What I wish was different

The climate

Advice

Take good notes for experiment methodology
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Student Worker

June 2016 • Piscataway, NJ

What I liked

Friendly work environment.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Program coordinator

May 2016 - October 2019 • Piscataway, NJ

What I liked

I had an amazing boss and loved the event planning aspect.

What I wish was different

nothing.

Advice

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Secretary

August 2019 • Blackwood, NJ

What I liked

That it's a well-established department in a university.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

It's a good job to have part-time. I'm able to save up money for future expenses and education.
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Summer Maintenance Worker

May - August 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I liked the environment that I worked in and the people that I worked for.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Day Care Worker

September 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

Working with children

What I wish was different

working in a field where psychology is applied

Advice

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GeoResearch Assistant

June 2018 • Piscataway, NJ

What I liked

I enjoy the flexibility of this job, and the routine that I am able to establish with my own schedule. I have the autonomy to decide the priority of tasks that I need to complete and to establish what hours I work. I also appreciate that my work should lead to a publication within the next year and should help to advance my education and career.

What I wish was different

My work can get tedious and difficult to do for long periods of time, as it is all completed under a microscope. I wish I were able to get more interaction with other lab members and that there were a better sense of community in the lab.

Advice

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Agricultural Technician Intern

May - September 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I had a good deal of responsibility in managing the team, which gave me invaluable leadership experience.

What I wish was different

Doing fieldwork outside takes a lot of stamina, so I wish I had been more physically prepared for the position.

Advice

This job ran much more smoothly the more planning that went into every week to make it a success. Keeping track of weekly responsibilities and assigning them to team members on a weekly basis ensured the operation ran smoothly.
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IT Helpdesk Assistant

May 2019 • New Brunswick, NJ

What I liked

I liked the variety the job offered. I could be working on the computer handling tickets, then going to a faculty's office to fix a computer issue, or in the back setting up computers and their systems. My coworkers are also very fun to talk to and it's great to have someone you can depend on since you work in pairs.

What I wish was different

I wish the shift schedule had been more flexible. You can only start at 8am and go till 12 or 12 till 4, and that's not always workable with classes.

Advice

I highly recommend working in your major. I'm an ITI major and this job helps me explore my options as well as gives me experience. Working a relevant job is highly important in succeeding within your career.
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