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My experience in finding a summer job in the US
2017-05-29

[SCIE web news, May 29h, 2017] I am 2016er graduate Daniel Liu. I’m now a student in Emory University. By sharing my stories in the US and some of my personal thoughts, I hope to give you an insight into what student life here is really like. This can also act as a guidance for your future college choice.One issue that’s always around our oversea students’ mind is that how to effectively use our long summer vocation. For most students either studying in the US or UK, summer vocation can last for 3-4 months. One way of effectively using our time is by applying internships. However, it’s becoming clear that freshmen and sophomores are hard to get one, since they don’t have much of an experience and it’s hard for them to compete with senior applicants.

 

 

 

Emory university provides some summer job opportunities with a decent amount of stipend. I have applied to several of them.

 

Even though I was rejected by most of these jobs, there was one job that I’ve got the offer – IPLA Conference Coordinator. This was a relatively short work period, for only a week. It provided wages of 300 US dollars.

 

IPLA Conference is an annual event which attracts professors all around the nation to come and discuss topics related to liberal arts education. Our main duties include greeting visitors, putting packets together, assisting with set up, attending to the needs of participants and scholars during the conference, provide transportation via Emory Vans for conference participants and so on. It’s not only an opportunity to challenge myself, to be familiar with jobs related with customer service, but also a valuable experience that can build my resume. I’m glad I’ve caught this opportunity.

 

Many students don’t bother to apply for these summer jobs because they are reluctant to write those application essays and to find professors to help them write their recommendation letters. However, I think the chance of having this unique experience does worth all those work I’ve put in. There is a saying that no pain no gain. How can you expect to achieve anything without putting into enough efforts?

Reporter/ Daniel

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