Summer opportunities should be interesting and challenging. Students have found great experiences doing summer research on and off campus, working as camp counselors, or pursuing domestic or overseas service opportunities (see ASIP below). Feel no pressure to work directly in medicine, unless it’s an opportunity that you will find rewarding. In many cases, it is much easier to develop and demonstrate relevant skills outside the hospital setting (since undergraduates are typically given little responsibility).
It is perfectly fine to have a “regular” summer job, one that will help you pay your bills. Sometimes this can be combined with a short-term shadowing opportunity, say two weeks’ worth of shadowing at the beginning or the end of the summer, or with a volunteer experience of a few hours duration each week for 8-10 weeks.
- Williams has a volunteer clinical research opportunity through an alumnus for four juniors at Weill Cornell Hospital in Manhattan. Contact Jane Cary for more information.
- Sophomores and juniors, consider applying for an Alumni Sponsored Internship (ASIP) grant to earn a stipend for summer work in a non-profit setting.
- Many service-oriented camps seek short-term volunteers. In recent years, Williams students have worked at Hole-in-the-Wall Gang Camps, Camp AmeriKids, and Camp Jabberwocky. Go here to see many more “special needs” camp opportunities: www.campjobs.com.
- See many other summer opportunities on the Health Professions Resources page.