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How to Find a Summer Opportunity in the Environmental Sciences. Organized by Becky Ostertag-UHH Biology, PIPES/PACRC, EPSCoR, LSAMP, Keaholoa, and UHH MOP Funded by an NSF Ecosystem Studies Grant (Grant # 0546868). Overview. Types of opportunities for undergraduates

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How to find a summer opportunity in the environmental sciences

How to Find a Summer Opportunity in the Environmental Sciences

Organized by Becky Ostertag-UHH Biology,

PIPES/PACRC, EPSCoR, LSAMP, Keaholoa, and UHH MOP

Funded by an NSF Ecosystem Studies Grant (Grant # 0546868)


Overview
Overview Sciences

  • Types of opportunities for undergraduates

  • Why should I get experience outside of school?

  • Where to look for opportunities

  • Application process

    • Search and identify

    • Building a resume

    • Additional documents

    • The interview

  • Questions


Job outlook
Job Outlook Sciences

  • Understand natural world and impact

    • Determine environmental impacts

    • Develop management plans for restoration and avoidance

    • Educate and train general public

    • Develop/manage sustainable communities

  • Job opportunities are growing!

    • Private companies

    • Non-government organizations

    • State and Federal agencies

    • Universities


Why get experience
Why Get Experience?? Sciences

  • Environmental Sciences  wide field

    • Narrow interests

  • Hands on experience!

    • Reinforce classroom learning

    • Techniques, research design, etc.

    • Learn specific skills

    • What professionals do

    • Establish contacts for future: job offers, letters of recommendation, Networking!!!

  • Graduate school

  • Future jobs – experience stands out


How to gain experience
How To Gain Experience Sciences

  • During school:

    • Work for a professor (lab/research assistant, directed research, etc.)

  • Summer:

    • Research Experience for Undergraduates

    • Field Stations

    • Part-time/seasonal work

    • Internships

    • Volunteer programs

    • Work-study ~ Federal natural resource agencies


Finding careers in environmental sciences
Finding Careers in Environmental Sciences Sciences

  • Internet searches

    • General search engines

    • State specific

    • Agency specific

    • Project specific

  • Ask a professional

    • College professors, career center

  • Join a professional society

    • Meetings, publications, discussions, job availability


The application process
The Application Process Sciences

  • Search and Identify

  • Build your Resume

  • Additional Documents

  • Interview Process


Step one search and identify
Step One: Search and Identify Sciences

  • Internet / career center search

  • Narrow down fields of interest

    • Location

    • Volunteer, internship, credit

    • Research of interest

  • Be aware of deadlines!!

  • Read details

    • Housing? Airfare? Stipend? Accessibility?


Step two your resume
Step Two: Your Resume Sciences

  • Determine objective

    • State desired job

    • Skills and necessary experience

    • Structure content around objective modify central resume accordingly

  • Cover letter / personal statement

    • State the facts: brief and to-the-point

    • Purpose: meet or exceed job requirements and demonstrate interest

    • Written communication skills

    • Sell yourself and impress!


Step two your resume1
Step Two: Your Resume Sciences

  • Marketing tool  obtain interview

    • Put yourself in the readers’ shoes:

      • What would you look for?

  • Clear and concise!

    • Bullet points – key phrases

    • Short sentences

    • Details during interview

  • Format

    • 10-12pt. Font

    • 1-2 pages

  • Spell check

    • Revise, revise, revise

    • 3rd party critique


Step two your resume2
Step Two: Your Resume Sciences

  • Tips:

    • Action words (prepared, managed, developed, etc.)

    • Use %’s, $’s and #’s

    • Highlight your strengths!

    • Match needs of hiring company – keywords

    • Outside opinion (friend, professor/advisor, critique service)

    • Be positive!


Step three additional documents
Step Three: Additional Documents Sciences

  • References

    • Professor, advisor, employer

  • Letters of recommendation

    • Start early!

  • College transcripts / supporting documents

  • Be complete


Step four the interview
Step Four: The Interview Sciences

  • Preparation

    • Personal

    • Industry – ask questions

  • First Impression

    • Enthusiasm

    • Be prompt

  • The Interview

    • Positive attitude, excitement, confidence

  • Be specific

    • What interests you, what you want to do

    • More specific  find what’s right for YOU


Summer is approaching
Summer is Approaching… Sciences

  • Interested? Get started!

  • Deadlines: February-April

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Handout, career center, professors

  • Work on resume

  • Submit several applications


Questions
Questions? Sciences


Pipes pacific internship programs for exploring science
PIPES: Sciences Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science

  • REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates

  • UH-HIP: University of Hawaii Hawaiian Internship Program

  • MASSIP: Micronesian and America Samoan Student Internship Program


Previous interns
Previous Interns Sciences

  • Tina Fillmed

    • 2001 MASSIP Internship, Yap EPA

    • Now Director of Yap EPA

  • Noelani Puniwai

    • Na Pua Noeau in middle and high school and UH-HIP in 1997

    • Student researcher on coral reef and stream projects

    • Currently working for Hawaii Biodiversity Mapping Program and starting Ph.D. at UHM

  • Francis Quitazol

    • UH-HIP in 1997 – USDA FS – invasive weeds

    • 1998 – Forest Technician, USDA FS California and Utah

    • 2000 – Haleakala National Park – various positions

    • 2004 – The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii – Natural Resource Assistant

    • 2006 – TNC of Hawaii Natural Resources Manager, Maui


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