Opportunities on Campus
As Penn’s undergraduate and professional schools are contained within a single campus, students have access to research positions in all the science and business departments, as well as at Penn’s medical, dental, and veterinary schools, Philadelphia’s VA Medical Center, The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, and the Wistar Institute.
Most students start seeking a research position by using Penn’s website to survey the research interests of faculty members in the many labs, departments, institutes, and centers on campus. After generating a list of faculty whose research appeals to them, students then can email the faculty directly to explore the possibility of getting involved as a research assistant.
Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) is another excellent resource. CURF maintains a Research Directory of research positions on campus, and also offers information and advice for students seeking research grants or fellowships.
All LSM students are strongly encouraged to get involved in research by the start of their sophomore year. Doing so not only enhances the LSM educational experience, but also strengthens students’ preparation for pursuing a summer research internship outside Penn, possibly at a biotech or pharmaceutical company. It is difficult to compete for a research position in industry without having had some research experience in an academic setting like Penn.
Applying for Internships
The LSM program provides key support to students in seeking summer internships after their sophomore and junior years. Students meet with the program’s administrative director in the Fall semester to discuss their goals and interests for the upcoming summer, and students have the opportunity to apply for internships in industry, non-profit, and academic settings that have been developed for them by the LSM program.
Students are also encouraged to investigate internships beyond the ones offered through LSM. Penn’s Career Services office can help students with the process of researching different industries and reaching out to employers. Career Services also oversees the On-Campus Recruiting system, through which LSM students pursue business internships in financial services, consulting, and related industries.