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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
  • 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
  • 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??
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Search and Identify
  • Build your Resume
  • Additional Documents
  • Interview Process
step one search and identify
Step One: Search and Identify
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • References
    • Professor, advisor, employer
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Start early!
  • College transcripts / supporting documents
  • Be complete
step four the interview
Step Four: The Interview
  • 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…
  • Interested? Get started!
  • Deadlines: February-April
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Handout, career center, professors
  • Work on resume
  • Submit several applications
pipes pacific internship programs for exploring science
PIPES: 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
  • 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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