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Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

Research Intern

May - August 2021 • Upton, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Hard to connect remote

Advice

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Physics Research Intern

June - August 2022 • Ridge, NY

What I liked

I learned a lot about neutrinos and nuclear physics around my project. Not only did I meet physics majors with a diverse amount of specialties and interest, it was also like a summer camp where we were working together through an internship.

What I wish was different

I wish that we were closer to a city with more things to do. I needed a car to get anywhere, and going to NYC and returning costs almost $100.

Advice

This might be a one and done kind of experience. With over 100 interns, you can find people who are open to make friends. The amount of work each person does varies, but ultimately everyone wants to have a good time. There are difficulties at Brookhaven like location and food, but these are also things you can bond with other people. A car on campus is not required, but as they say, everything on LI is a half hour drive away.
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Intern

June - August 2021 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Great atmosphere and great project, mentor was always helpful and there to answer any questions. I liked that what I was working on had a bigger scope than just myself.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been in-person, instead of virtual and that it had been longer.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions and connect with other people on the job. Networking is a great way to get more internships.
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Research

June - August 2019 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Learning research techniques first-hand, worked with passionate and friendly scientists, improved MATLAB/coding skills, learned about climate research

What I wish was different

More variety of daily tasks

Advice

I recommend reaching out to scientists there to find out about research you are most interested in
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Student Research collaborator

June - August 2019 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Great place to be if you are interested in different kinds of research. The lab was very welcoming and I learned a great deal!

What I wish was different

Not having a car made it difficult to get around.

Advice

Make connections while you are working here. Take tours of other labs, go to different seminars.
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Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern

June - August 2019 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Brookhaven is a world-class research laboratory. I had access to facilities and instruction that does not exist at Wesleyan. This research experience helped me narrow in on areas of research I would like to continue pursuing in graduate school.

What I wish was different

Living on-site at Brookhaven was not ideal for various reasons. I was isolated location-wise and the kitchen and laundry situation made daily life challenging.

Advice

I would highly recommend the research experiences available at Brookhaven, but I would not recommend living on-site. If one must live on-site, a car is a necessity.
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Machine Learning Intern

June - August 2019 • Upton, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Food price, transportation service

Advice

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Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Upton, NY

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Get out and start applying for internships right now!
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Chemistry Research Intern

June - December 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Utilizing unique instrumentation and performing interesting research

What I wish was different

Advice

Read the scientific literature and work hard
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Research Intern

June - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere of academia and learning.

What I wish was different

Wish it was closer to a city.

Advice

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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Hands on experience

What I wish was different

AAMU sending the compensation for my work

Advice

It was a great way to see New York
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Intern

June - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

People were friendly, got to learn many new skills and programs just by working there

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

To try your best to get your work done; they will be impressed if your work is completed to their specifications and you might receive an offer to work there part-time.
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Research intern

June - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Fun environment, great place to learn and grow your network

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Learning doesn’t stop after your formal education stops
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Intern

July - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

My position as an intern in the LSAMP SciComp Skills Building Internship Program was very rewarding. The program focused on the topic of Scientific Computing which is not simply computer science, but the integration of science, computing, and mathematics. In particular, I learned the pivotal role that coding plays in the everyday role of a scientist at a National Laboratory.

What I wish was different

The program was only three weeks long, and I wish that it had been longer duration due to the amount of information we had to cover.

Advice

I would say that for anyone going into research as a career, you should have knowledge about coding!
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • Upton, NY

What I liked

The staff were engaging and the facilities were out of this world. Think CERN, but in the States.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more experience going into the internship, in order to be of more use

Advice

Research where you want to take your internships. I very well could have been sent to a Department of Energy site in the desert of the Midwest and been stuck there for 10 weeks, but instead I spenty summer on Long Island, NY with talented, experienced, and scholarly mentors and peers.
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Intern

June - August 2017 • Upton, NY

What I liked

I loved working with and learning from brilliant scientists.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was able to see more of the labs and facilities.

Advice

Come ready to work, ready to learn, and ask plenty of questions.
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Mechanical Engineering Internship

June 2017 • Upton, NY

What I liked

I like the hands on engineering experience I gained from actual engineers. I also liked the fact that I was given my very own project that I could call my own.

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Always work your hardest and give each project your all. It will pay off in the future.
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Research Intern

June - August 2017 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Excellent research experience, good professional development skills

What I wish was different

A little more organization from the staff would have been nice, but it only took about a week to adjust to the program and the rules of the facility.

Advice

When applying, try to contact researchers at Brookhaven, since it will make you more likely to be picked. If you are picked, definitely go to the weekly research presentations and the seminars that happen at BNL--very worthwhile.
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SULI Intern

June - August 2018 • Upton, NY

What I liked

Brookhaven National Laboratory is amazing. They do a wide variety of science there for the Department of Energy. Long Island is also beautiful, with plenty of places to explore and New York City not too far away.

What I wish was different

As a person with disabilities, it was sometimes difficult to receive appropriate accommodations. (The application form didn't ask if any were required, so be prepared to contact OEP and explain your needs.)

Advice

Bring your own cookware and kitchen implements!
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