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Pepperdine University

Research Assistant

August 2021 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

Learned a lot.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Get in early!
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Academics and Internships Intern

September 2021 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

I like the community the full-time staff in the office tries to establish with all the student workers. The IP office is a very caring and genuine environment to work in where your efforts are always valued.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask the questions you really want to ask. If you truly wanted to find out about something or work somewhere, it is always great to reach out directly and let your interest be known. You'll find that most of the time people are willing to work with you around your situation.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - July 2021 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed learning hands-on lab skills which are highly valuable.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was restricted to only working 5 days a week instead of 7 days a week.

Advice

Don't be afraid to make mistakes, but take care to write down every instruction and consult help constantly.
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Student worker

June - August 2021 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

loved the people there!! i loved my supervisors so much. they were so considerate.

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Pepperdine Nonprofit Diversity Fellow

December 2020 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

I love that I am able to create a program based on things that I am passionate about, and do this to impact a greater community.

What I wish was different

I wish that I could have done this job over the summer. However, the position was not established until the summer.

Advice

I would tell students to have open and honest communication with the people hiring. When you do that you never know what they will be willing to work out in order for you to work with them.
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Tour Coordinator

August 2019 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

This job is so much fun. I loved working with incoming students and sharing the fine arts department with them via tours.

What I wish was different

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Field Biologist

May 2019 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

Everything! Dr. Kats Invasive predator lab taught me so much over the summer! I learned that not all science has to take place in a lab, but rather science can be found all around us!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed in July as well!

Advice

Have an open mind because it’s will definitely bring you out of your comfort zone!
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Special Programs Office Assistant

May - July 2019 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

Great boss and flexible hours!

What I wish was different

Being able to work more hours would have been nice!

Advice

Be ready to work hard!
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Handyman

May - July 2019 • Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg

What I liked

Summer music program is awesome. Martina is the best.

What I wish was different

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Undergraduate Research Fellowship

May - August 2019 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

I could develop my own personal research question and then had the opportunity to carry through with it for the rest of the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I had known about this opportunity sooner.

Advice

I would highly recommend!
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Office Assistant

January 2019 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

As an office assistant for Human Resources, I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with university employees of all positions, backgrounds, and expertise. It has been rewarding to see the lengths my co-workers will go to to satisfy the needs of the university and those serving in it. My view of "human resources" as a field of work has changed from one of legalistic, cold management to one of service and duty of care.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to hold more responsibility in the department and perform fewer menial tasks. Upon applying for the job, I was made aware that many of the tasks would be monotonous and that some projects would stretch over weeks or even months. Thus, I have not been at all surprised by my duties, though I do wish there were more opportunities for advancing to higher-responsibility assignments.

Advice

This job is excellent for anyone wanting a glimpse into the corporate world without having to commit to an off-campus job. My advice is to only apply if one is willing to work in a professional work environment and willing to work on various, small projects at once.
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Student Accounting Assistant

October 2016 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

My supervisors were very accommodating of my class schedule and understood that I was taking a heavy course load and did not hold it against me. Also, I have gained valuable experience for my future career in accounting.

What I wish was different

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student health and wellness intern

September 2017 • Malibu, CA

What I liked

Participating in creating events for the student health and wellness center such as mental health awareness week. Also have a variety of opportunities with Title IX, grant writing, promoting healthy habits, and raising awareness.

What I wish was different

To be able to work more hours in order to have a greater impact.

Advice

Be forward about what you want to do and do it well. Take initiative and be assertive in the job.
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