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Loyola Marymount University

Biology Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I was able to stay in LA for the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have lasted the entire summer.

Advice

Reach out to people and network during these experiences, it might help with future jobs.
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Tennis Coach

June - July 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed working with children of different ages, do different activities throughout the day

What I wish was different

In my opinion this is a great program to enter for the summer, so I wouldn’t change anything to be honest.

Advice

I would say that it’s important to stay concentrated at all times, even though this kind of job might seem easy, when it comes to children, you always want to make sure that they’re in a safe environment and doing the right thing.
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Research Assistant

May - June 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed being on campus over the summer, learning more about the research process and forming relationships with people that I might have never met if not for this opportunity.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had another student working with me on the research project over the summer. Unfortunately, the other members that usually work with me during the school year were older and on to internships and things.

Advice

I would advise to really appreciate your time on campus over the summer, to make the most of the opportunity you have. Research was only part of what I did during those six weeks. In my free time, I explored campus and the city of L.A. in more depth than I had before. Take this time to form connections. The experience you get out of it will be exactly what you put in.
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Strength and Conditioning Coach Intern

July 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

The coaches, the environment, the passion for success, and the involvement I got

What I wish was different

Receive a salary

Advice

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Administrative Assistant Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Everything! Environment, hours, work, people, etc.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Bring lunch
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Photonics Lab Assistant

May - June 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Gaining research experience is always invaluable. I enjoyed learning about a branch of science/engineering I had little experience in.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been more structured. The research was fairly open-ended and left up to us, which sometimes made it difficult to know what to do next.

Advice

Always take a research opportunity if you get the chance! It's very difficult to decide on the future from your classes alone.
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Tour Guide

May 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I liked my boss and the people I worked with

What I wish was different

N/a

Advice

This is a great experience to get better at public speaking
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SURP

May - June 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I loved how flexible the program was and the opportunity I was given to devote time to my creative project!

What I wish was different

I wish that we would have had a study room in the library where we could have worked with other SURP students indepently.

Advice

Make sure you follow your research timeline in order to stay on track!
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Psychologist Research Assistant

May 2019 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I liked becoming more connected with my field of study - getting to know what it looks like to actually work in the field of psychology. I also liked getting to know the professors and students better.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

I would absolutely recommend that students get involved in these experiences as early as possible in their college careers. I wish that I had looked for more on-campus opportunities earlier in my studies, because there are so many good ones out there
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Researcher

June 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Enjoyed looking at new code and meeting new people, gaining experience in a field I was previously unfamiliar with

What I wish was different

More guidance and structure. We spent a lot of time trying to outline the project that we did not manage to research as much as we would have liked.

Advice

Research is a valid summer option. At LMU, internships are promoted, but we don't hear much about research or what it entails.
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Historian Research Assistant

May 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Having a more in depth knowledge of subject related to a part of the educational field I am interested in.

What I wish was different

That I would’ve been paid for the first month working.

Advice

Don’t work for LMU unless you’re 100% positive and triple checked with your supervisor (or even theirs) that you’re in the lmu system and being paid.
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Senior Facilities Assistant

May - August 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I liked that I was able to get my hands dirty and learn how to work with different tools and equipment. A lot of my tasks were in a team setting so I enjoyed solving problems in a group.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Administrative Coordinator

September 2017 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I liked the quiet environment.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more tasks and things to do.

Advice

Stay focused.
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Cinematographer

April - May 2018 • Perth, Western Australia

What I liked

In my research, I got to examine Tall Poppy Syndrome, a sociocultural phenomenon in Australia. I did this through writing a 14 page proposal with my research parther, Amanda Meegan, working with a mentor, and filming over 4 hours of interviews with Perth residents. From these experiences, I learned so much about how to make an engaging film and how to think critically.

What I wish was different

None!

Advice

There is no such thing as "failure" in the resaerch process. If you do not have any findings, that provokes further discussion, and it still means that you learned something through your work.
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Tour Guide

August 2017 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Love giving tours of our beautiful campus and talking to parents/future students

What I wish was different

Advice

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Research Assistant

May - June 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I liked developing a better relationship with fellow research students as well as my faculty mentor.

What I wish was different

I was simultaneously applying to dental schools and wish that my research would have started after I completed my application process.

Advice

I would advise students to participate in as many research opportunities as possible during their time at LMU. It is important to take advantage of these opportunities as they can make one stand out in an application process.
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Summer camp counselor

June - August 2018 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I loved working with kids

What I wish was different

Advice

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Frontline Assistant

February 2017 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Got hands on customer service experience

What I wish was different

The management had become very strict and made the environment not as nice to work in

Advice

Make sure you really want to do this job if you apply, they are very strict and enforce their policy heavily
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Facilities Assistant

September 2017 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

This job offers extensive opportunity for collaboration and teamwork, cooperating with fellow workers on solving various problems and striving to provide the best customer service possible. It is also ideal for those who work well in situations with little supervision, as these types of people can prove productive and useful members to the team without managers having to monitor them.

What I wish was different

I wish that some new policies recently enforced be more explored and thought out before implementing so quickly; some tasks that the Housing workers have had to perform do not solve the problems they intend to solve.

Advice

This is a great job to have with lots of ability to prove your leadership skills. Utilize that opportunity!
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Assistant to Athletics Summer Camp Director

May - August 2017 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

Jamie Sanchez, the Summer camp director, is an excellent boss who is very thorough with everything he does. Very organized and meticulous which made assisting him that much easier. I was given a range of different responsibilities from meeting with coaches to communicating with parents both over the phone and in person. A steady workload but lots of great experience.

What I wish was different

I wish the senior administrative staff in Athletics would have involved themselves more in the day-to-day operations so that they could better understand the issues we faced. This would have reduced the number of problems that came up and made the entire business run more smoothly.

Advice

Be thorough with everything you do or say because your supervisor/boss will notice and will appreciate it. Try to always be one step ahead of the game and prevent potential issues from arising simply by being attentive and proactive. When speaking with customers/clients, never promise anything you are not certain of, even when you just want to make them happy. Great customer service is important but the business is bigger than one client.
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