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June 19, 2008 9:04 PM

Summer Fun in DC

In reality, summer hasn't started yet (summer solstice begins on June 20, 23:59 according to Wikipedia and its source), but as for all of us, it started right after we took our last final. I hope that everyone survived and everything didn't turn out as badly as you thought.

Over at the Fresh Faces blog (I hope you guys are keeping up with it!), students are updating with what they plan to do and what they are doing. I especially like Joel's blog - I can't believe he has time to write everything! It's really awesome reading about his experiences in Korea.

As for me, I am having a blast at Washington D.C. Actually, I'm an intern at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History; how cool is that!?! It's has been an awesome, awesome experience; not only do I get to go on behind-the-scenes tours and see collections that the general public do not have access to, but I get to work on a research project with top researchers in their respective fields. Specifically, I'm part of the Research Training Program (otherwise known as RTP), Check out the website for more information. It's a really great program, and you get to learn so much and meet so many people...I can't believe the fourth week is almost over! Time really goes by fast.

Even though it's a bit late to be applying to internships (I probably should have given some tips as to where to find information about internships earlier last semester), it's never too late to find out about opportunities for future summers. The Career Center often sends e-mails - even though you might feel like they are spamming your inbox, try to skim over them and see what catches your eye. A lot of opportunities go unnoticed, mainly because most opportunities are passed by word-of-mouth. Truthfully, I wouldn't have known about RTP if I didn't know someone who participated in the program last year. If you have particular interests, try to ask professors that study whatever you are interested in exploring - they usually have a general idea of any programs or opportunities (because they get e-mails of these types of programs from other program coordinators). If you are interested in research programs, check out the REU site to see what opportunities they have. It takes a while to go through them, but you might find something you like.

Anyway, I hope all of you are having a good summer! Enjoy it while it lasts!

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