WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I was an administrative intern at Boston MedTech Advisors. Most of my day-to-day tasks included setting up databases for various types of information as well as helping out with research for reports created for clients.
HOW DID YOU FIND THIS OPPORTUNITY?
I was actually contacted by the company itself! A few months ago I applied on a whim to the Massachusetts Center of Life Sciences website, where I uploaded my resume and answered some basic information to questions that were posted. I am a double major (marketing and nutrition) and am also on the pre-med track, so it is very difficult to find an internship/job that encompasses all those things. However, to my surprise, I received a phone call in late April from BMTA and had completely forgotten about my application, and was shocked to find that the company was exactly what I was looking for: a business involved in the medical industry.
WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN LIKE AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? Every day I learned about something new, whether it be about a medical device or issue that I have never heard of, or a new application of software. I took OIM 210 last fall and did not think I would ever be using access or excel to the extent I did, so I was extremely glad I was putting what I learned to good use and am impressed with how much I actually remembered.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER STUDENTS? Apply to everything…! You will never know how things will work out, who you will meet and where they will take you next. Also, computer classes and skills will be helpful in whatever you do and can even distinguish you from others and help you get the job you want. Don’t be afraid to push yourself and ask for more, because that is the only way you will learn and take yourself to the next level.