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Relevant Summer Jobs?

  1. Jun 1, 2009 #1

    I am a physics-maths double major and a rising sophomore at a US university. I currently have a "research" position with a professor, but its more like I asked nicely and the prof did me a favor by giving me the position. I don't do more than a few hours of work a week.

    So, I need a summer job to cover some expenses. My question is, is there any field of work that will look at least tangentially related to physics/maths and is still accessible to a college undergrad over the summer? I want to make money, but then again I don't want grad schools to think I "wasted" the summer, so are there any interesting suggestions for jobs I could apply for that are related to physics or mathematics?

    Besides tutoring, that is (I am trying to get a tutoring position as well, but am well aware of that opportunity and am curious about others).
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  3. Jun 2, 2009 #2
    You are too late to apply to many of the programs that would have been great for you.

    Next summer you should apply for some of these programs:
    -REU (Research Experience for Undergrads) position (http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/index.jsp)
    -NASA LARSS program (http://www.nianet.org/larss/ [Broken])
    -Here is list from the American Mathematical Society of Internship & Co-op Opportunities for Undergraduates (http://www.ams.org/employment/internships.html)
    -Here is list from the American Astronomical Society of Summer Employment Opportunities (http://aas.org/career/summer.php [Broken])
    -A list of Undergraduate Funding Opportunities from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (http://see.orau.org/AcademicStatus.aspx?type=Undergrad)
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  4. Jun 2, 2009 #3

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    First, grad schools aren't going to be that concerned about what you did the summer of your freshman year. Many students haven't even settled on a major yet.

    Second, it's June 2nd. Now's a heck of a time to be looking for a summer job. We are already in summer. Norman is right, there were lots of opportunities, but they have passed you by.

    Third, if you aren't working as hard as you want to on your research project, tell your supervisor. You don't want him thinking you blew off an opportunity this summer.
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