Priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017
This 9-12 month paid research internship program is offered by Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York – part of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System). The mission of the Division of General Pediatrics is to enhance the lives of children and families locally and nationally through clinical care, teaching, research and community service. As such, our work falls into multiple domains: clinical medicine, clinical research, quality improvement, medical education, health policy, and administration.
This Clinical Research Internship will offer 3 – 4 accomplished students the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors within the Division of General Pediatrics on research projects on a wide variety of topics relevant to general pediatrics, ranging from pediatric health outcomes research to quality improvement to health services and health policy research. Examples of ongoing projects in the Division of General Pediatrics include:
- Impact of general screening for social determinants on health disparities among immigrant children;
- Development, implementation, and evaluation of pediatric obesity and breastfeeding promotion initiatives at multiple practice sites throughout Queens and Long Island;
- Impact of innovations in the delivery of care for children with asthma;
- Impact of Medicaid care coordination programs on children with complex medical and psychosocial needs;
- Outcomes of adolescents with complex health needs transitioning to adult care;
- Interventions to improve future planning for families of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Research assistants will be integral members of our team in the Department of General Pediatrics, participating in all components of our projects. Research Assistants (RA’s) will assist faculty with ongoing research projects and/or work collaboratively with one or more mentors in designing new projects of mutual interest. With the guidance of faculty, research assistants will learn to perform chart reviews, conduct in-depth interviews, administer in-person and online surveys, run focus groups, analyze and code transcripts, and analyze primary and secondary data.
Program Dates: Start and completion dates for the Gap Year internship are somewhat flexible. Priority will be given to applicants prepared to make at least a full-time 9 month commitment or longer, though alternate schedule arrangements will be considered. With advance notice, research interns may take as many days off (without pay) as needed during their internship to visit medical schools for interviews.
Stipend: This is a paid internship; interns will be paid $15.50 per hour for days worked.
To Apply: You must submit a completed application (PDF attached), a résumé, and an unofficial transcript. All materials should be sent electronically using the subject line “Gap Year Research Internship” to Dr. Sophia Jan at SJan1@northwell.edu.
Application Process & Deadline: There is a rolling submission deadline. However, priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017. The most promising candidates will be invited to interview by Skype, and notification of decisions will be made soon thereafter.
For Further Information: The research internship is coordinated by Dr. Sophia Jan, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. Questions regarding the Gap Year internship or the application process may be directed to her directly (SJan1@northwell.edu).
What are the top pieces of career advice for future software engineers?
Some of our favorite answers are below.
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- Code. A lot. Schools are great at theory, but not so much at practical stuff. The best way to be a great coder is to just practice — a lot. It doesn’t matter so much what you code (open source, iPhone apps, etc.) as long as you’re coding and pushing yourself.
- Be language agnostic. Language is just a tool. It’s valuable to know a language deeply, but it’s also valuable to be learning new things. The best developers tend not to identify as a ____ developer.
- Prestige helps. Having a strong name on your resume helps open doors and show competence. If you can get a name like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Dropbox, etc., do it. (But don’t stay long. See the next tip.)
- Leave the big companies quickly. If you want to build your career at a big company, then by all means, stay and build your career there. But if that’s not what you want, leave quickly. One or two years post-college at a company like Google is great. 10 years? Not so much. You will continue to learn, but there are diminishing returns of sticking around. (Unless you want to be a big company person.)
- If you don’t want to be a developer forever, then move on quickly. There is a lot of value in getting really deep technical expertise. But it doesn’t matter that much whether you spent two years as a developer or seven years. Within a few years of college graduation, make a choice. Do you want to be an engineer for the next 10, 20, 30 years — or not? If you don’t, start trying to move on now. More time as an engineer won’t help you that much.
Dealing with others
- Integrity matters. If you try to cheat and cut corners, it’ll haunt you. Do the right thing in life. It’s not only the good thing to do, but it’s also the smart thing to do. People will trust and like you more. More doors will open — and those doors might just be the breakthrough moments in your career.
- Be helpful. When possible, help people who ask for help. The people who ask you for help right now will be much more likely to help you in the future. That “help” might be introducing you to their friends who can help you more directly. So even if you don’t see how that person will be helpful, you don’t know who their buddies are or will be.
- Make friends. You actually can’t really be successful by yourself. If you’re an entrepreneur, you need employees and business connections. If you’re an employee, you need a job. Either way, it’s friends who will be key to opening up these opportunities. It’s friends, distant and close ones, who form the important part of your network, not that one person you met at a meetup and never talked to again.
- Realize — no, internalize — that we’ve all got impostor syndrome. Even the most successful entrepreneurs and engineers (with very few exceptions) feel like they just “got lucky” and aren’t nearly as good as people think, and that one day soon they’re going to get “caught.” Truly internalizing just how widespread impostor syndrome is can help you realize that feeling like you’re a fraud doesn’t mean that you are.
- Start stuff. Show initiative. Good things come to those who don’t wait. Seek out new opportunities. Start stuff — a hackathon, a club, a project, a company, a new running group, whatever. You will learn so much from doing this and it will open doors.
- Take risks. Seize opportunities. When you notice that little flicker of opportunity, seize it. Run with it. See where it goes. Don’t walk away just because you don’t know exactly where it’s going to go.
- Bias toward “yes.” A great career hinges on the “breakthrough” moments. The problem is that you often can’t identify those in advance. You don’t know where that coffee meeting that you don’t see the point of is going to lead. You won’t know that, two months down the line, that person will end up introducing you to a guy who needs some advice and winds up as your business partner. Maintain a strong bias towards saying yes.
A virtual panel, designed and moderated by an intern for other interns, will discuss making the move from tech internships to full-time careers.
Thursday, August 10, at 7 PM EDT. If you missed it, don’t despair! They recorded it for you!
Meet the panelists:
- Sumbul Alvi is a Software Engineer at Snapchat, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2014. Previously, she worked with Tumblr, IBM, Pivotal Labs, and Xtreme Labs.
- Jasmine Greenaway is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft. She received a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering in 2001, and a Master’s Degree from University of West Florida in 2016. Previously, she worked at GitHub, Rockstar Games, and Sears.
- Reah Miyara is a Product Manager at IBM. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2014. Previously, he interned with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Intuit.
Join EOP’s STEM Diversity Career Expo that brings industry and government together with members of minority groups, women and people with disabilities in the SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATHEMATICS (STEM) career disciplines.
Friday, September 15, 2017 10:00 am-3:00 pm at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania
pre-register at: www.eop.com/stemexpo
- Admission is free
- Business attire required
- Bring numerous copies of your resume (need help with your resume? Come to Quick Questions to see one of the Peer Career Advisors.)
In addition to being a truly inspiring and innovative field, STEM careers offer many benefits: financial, intellectual, and philanthropic. According to the 2017 update by the US Department of Commerce, employment in STEM occupations grew by more than 24% in comparison to non-STEM occupations, which grew only by 4.0%. Further, STEM occupations are projected to grow by around 9% percent by 2024. On average, STEM workers earned 29% more than their non-STEM colleagues in 2015. This premium has increased from 2010 by 3% and will continue to do so with the digitalization of our society. Research done by the Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that there will be 9 million STEM jobs by 2018.
This Forbes article by Anna Powers contains a list of coolest occupations in STEM right now across three promising industries, offering incredible prospects for growth, impact and compensation.
Check out the NEW Careers Topics within Spotlight on Careers.
Spotlight on Careers provides a great series of guides about career fields popular with liberal arts students. This resource is free via a CCI login below and is an easy way to gain valuable information as your explore career fields.
Each guide is organized with an overview including an introduction, career options and trends. There are also sections on jobs and internships, graduate school, and real life stories in alumni profiles.
To access, go to spotlightoncareers.org.
Username is spotlightkey
Password is lacn18
The new topics are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability – There are many jobs in the environmental and sustainability fields beyond policy work. Within the private sector, there are opportunities in the timber industry, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation organizations. Within the government, there is work available at the local, state and federal levels that focus on forests, water, and wildlife.
- Neuroscience – The “Brain Sciences,” or neuroscience, encompass a wide range of career paths centralized in the research and medical professions, and now permeating across multiple new fields in recent years. Through studying the brain and the nervous system, those who choose a career in neuroscience seek to understand how neurons interact and how these interactions impact behavior. Neuroscience intersects psychology, science, medicine, and impacts the legal system, education, and even marketing. Clearly, neuroscience presents multiple pathways for you to consider.
- Law & Paralegal – The law profession encompasses a variety of career fields some of which require an advanced degree where others do not. Those interested in the field of law typically pursue careers as lawyers, paralegals/legal assistants, criminal justice (law enforcement, probation officers, and correction officers), social work/justice (family law, juvenile law, elder law and child protective services), public policy, federal government, protective services, detective services and more.
- Business Intelligence, Analytics & Data Science – Every time a customer interacts with a computerized system, whether at a Grocery Store, Online Store, or Social Media site, data is created and stored in a data solution system. Tools then convert this data into metrics (known as analytics) that assess consumer behavior. Analytic professionals interpret analytical data and utilize statistics, predictive modeling, and managerial strategies to drive business decisions. Analytics are used in nearly every industry. Marketing companies use analytics to measure and analyze performance of different initiatives, financial firms use analytics to analyze investments and forecast future scenarios, charter schools use analytical data to inform teaching practices, and major movie studios use analytics to project ticket sales.
“For five days with PLEN, I got to really experience and learn what life and careers in Washington, D.C. are at their best and at their worst. Each panel I attended was interesting, eye opening, and life changing.” -Sivan Nizan, PLEN Alumna
For almost 40 years, the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) has brought thousands of women from across the country to Washington, D.C. to explore careers in policy and connect with women leaders. PLEN seminars enhance class work and curriculum by giving students valuable access to women leaders in Washington, D.C. from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; agencies; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector. Our programs give students the chance to discuss current policy issues in law, business, nonprofits, STEM, Congress, and the international field; visit institutions and organizations in D.C.; and launch their careers through intimate coaching sessions on networking, resume writing, and salary negotiation. During all seminars, students network with distinguished women at the top of their fields while building connections with their peers from across the country.
Join PLEN in Washington D.C. for our six annual seminars:
- Women, Law and Legal Advocacy, October 19-21, 2017
- Women in Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership, November 2-4, 2017
- Women in STEM Policy, January 2-9, 2018
- Women in Public Policy, January 9-13, 2018
- Women and Congress, March 12-16, 2018
- Women in Global Policy, May 14-18, 2018
ECO AmeriCorps is accepting applications for a Water Quality Planner to serve with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) from Sept. 11, 2017-August 10, 2018. This position is based in Middlebury. ECO AmeriCorps is a service program managed by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation dedicated to improving water quality across the state. ECO AmeriCorps members are required to serve at least 1,700 hours (approximately 40 hours per week) during their 11-month service commitment. In addition to the professional experience and training provided by the host service site (ACRPC), ECO AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance of $16,500, paid in bi-weekly stipends; professional training and networking opportunities; and are matched with a professional mentor within the Vermont Agency of Natural Services during their service term. Health and child care assistance is available. While enrolled, members may apply to have existing student loans placed in forbearance. Upon successful completion of an ECO AmeriCorps service term, members receive a federal education award of $5,815 that can be used to pay off existing student loans, or to advance their education.
Interested candidates should email Reuben Allen for an ECO AmeriCorps application. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, August 9th. For more information, visit www.ecoamericorps.vermont.gov or call Reuben Allen at 802-779-6054.
The grant enables Professor Spatafora and her students to continue work on developing a compound that could block the formation of dental cavities and improve oral health. Read the full newsroom article here.
“I often find myself living vicariously through my students,” said Spatafora. “They have gone on to earn MDs, PhDs, or both, and many of them have published their research in prestigious scientific journals such as Cell, Nature, and Science, publications where my work has not appeared. Some of my students are on the faculty at colleges and universities, and I often meet up with them at scientific conferences. I love the combination of teaching and research, but ultimately what motivates me in the lab is my students, and witnessing their development as independent scientists while at Middlebury and beyond.”
Congratulations Professor Spatafora!
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
GHC 17 will be Wednesday, October 4-Friday, October 6 in Orlando, FL. Professor Amy Briggs will once again be bringing a group of students to the conference this year. Please check with Professor Briggs to see if there are any registrations remaining under the Middlebury Group. Registration opened Wednesday, July 19 and registrations fill quickly!
Consider applying for registration funding:
- Yext GHC17 Scholarship – Yext is a proud sponsor of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. They are excited to provide sponsorships for students to attend & experience the world’s largest conference for women in technology. Deadline Tuesday, August 1
- CRA-W GHC17 Research Scholars Program – the GHC Research Scholars program brings undergraduate women with interest in computing research to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration.The purpose of this program is to give attendees a unique experience, providing them a mentor, networking opportunities, and advising toward graduate school and research careers in computing. Deadline Tuesday, August 15