How to Create Summer Research Internships

I have known Dr. Shelley Enger since 2012 and I turn to her for ALL of my STEM and non-UC college questions because I trust and respect her background as a research scientist and her extensive experience as an educational consultant supporting students interested in pursuing STEM disciplines.

Through my own experience and in my discussions with Dr. Enger, I know how important research experience can be for both UCs and non-UC colleges, particularly for students interested in STEM disciplines. Participating in research often help students become more competitive in the college or graduate school admissions process because their experiences reflect the depth of their commitment to the field and help them acquire unique skills and knowledge that they will bring with them to the classroom. However, many of the existing research opportunities are pay-for-play or extremely competitive, and I frequently hear from frustrated students and parents who don’t know where or how to find opportunities.

This is why I was especially excited when I heard Dr. Enger recently wrote the Internship Development Guide! The guide distilled the approach Dr. Enger perfected over many years helping students obtain their own research internships. Students can find step-by-step instructions with companion worksheets and examples on how to identify researchers in their area of interest who are also likely to be good mentors. They learn how to study the researcher’s work, write a cover letter, create a résumé, and contact and respond to the mentor. They also learn about the rights and responsibilities of being an intern and how to make the most of their experience.

While the focus of the guide is on research internships, the process students learn is broadly applicable to applying for other types of internship and paid positions. Regardless of student’s experience level with research or finding opportunities, the guide provides the necessary support to walk students through the process of creating research internships for themselves. College students who are applying to graduate school or are already in graduate school can also use this process to identify and communicate with a prospective faculty advisor.

I am genuinely glad that all students now have a way to access Dr. Enger’s knowledge and experience with this clear, step-by-step guide! Get it today and take advantage of a special introductory offer (48% off)!


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Georgia Boepple, Spotlight College Advisingreply
November 29, 2023 at 8:33 am

Hi Wei-Li,
I am wondering if you still recommend Shelley Enger’s Internship Development Guide for finding science oriented research projects under professors? If yes, how do I order one?
Thank you

Ms. Sunreply
November 29, 2023 at 9:18 pm
– In reply to: Georgia Boepple, Spotlight College Advising

Hello Georgia, I definitely do recommend Shelley’s internship guide and you can order it here.

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