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Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I liked how I was able to work on my own project.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to finish my project.

Advice

Make the most out of your time by giving 100% effort.
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student nurse intern

May - June 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I really enjoyed working on so many intensive care units. I got so familiar with the units and how things work on each floor. I also enjoyed being able to connect with my patients and care for them in desperate times.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to spend more time on the units I really enjoyed. I was only on each unit for three 12-hour shifts.

Advice

Take this time to observe and soak in what it will be like to be a nurse. Nursing school doesn’t allow a full picture of what it will be like working on a unit. During this experience, I now know what it will be like working full time, and although it can be exhausting, I now feel confident in my abilities to be a great nurse!
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Activity Cart Volunteer

May - August 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I loved getting to talk to and help people! A lot of the people there have to sleep in waiting rooms for days without toiletries. When I can connect them with the resources that they need I know how much it means to them.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Be positive because a lot of the people you meet are having the worst days of their lives!
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Activity Cart Volunteer

May - August 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I loved getting to talk to people and help people in need. A lot of people have to sleep in waiting rooms for days without any toiletries, so when I can connect them with resources I can tell how much it means to them.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Be positive because a lot of the people you meet are having the worst day of their life!
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Vanderbilt Experience Summer Nursing Internship Program

May - July 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I liked that the patients we helped were high acuity. It was a good experience to get comfortable in the health care environment and see what it feels like to be a nurse. A lot of the nurses are willing to take the extra steps to teach you something. You become more confident in your assessment skills.

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been weekly seminars or lectures to connect what we were learning on the clinical side. Many of the things we saw here weren't things we had talked about in school because they are so rare so it is hard to make connections.

Advice

Start a notebook at the beginning of the program to record your experiences.
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2019 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

The lab the research project I had as well as the members of my lab and program. The atmosphere was very supportive and motivating.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

I would advise anyone who gets a summer internship to figure out who they want to network with earlier in their experience so they can fully capitalize on their opportunity.
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Teleneurology Intern

June - August 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I enjoyed learning about cerebrovascular illnesses and how we can effectively improve treatment for these conditions. It felt like I was doing meaningful work that could change lives.

What I wish was different

Advice

This was a once in a lifetime experience. I enjoyed meeting and working beside several doctors and I formed meaningful relationships. This was truly a blessing.
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Certified Nursing Assistant

September 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Helping patients

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

It's not about you it's about helping and taking care of others
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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

I enjoyed how hands-on this experience was. I was able to fully engage in the research project; from wet lab techniques to conference meetings, I was given the opportunity to participate in every step. I also enjoyed how holistic the internship was. Aspirnaut (the program through which I interned) facilitates both professional and personal growth.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would advise students to use this experience not just to learn practical research skills, but to also learn about themselves and their career interests. This internship is a great introduction to research, and if you really engage in the experience to make it as fulfilling and comprehensive as possible, you will be able to really gauge your interest in research as a career.
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Intern

May - August 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Free housing & food stipend.

What I wish was different

Less humidity.

Advice

N/a
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Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Nashville, TN

What I liked

Hands on clinical research skill development experiences: managing data and recruitment, patient/provider interaction, exposure to IRB processes, and writing manuscripts for future publishing.

What I wish was different

Advice

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