Internship/Summer Research

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Jun 22, 2009
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Hello, I am in urgent need of everyone's help.

I am currently doing an internship (summer reasearch at another school). I also work with a professor to do research at my own school.

here is my situation. I worked for my college professor over the summer while taking a summer course. I thought doing more research would be helpful for later so I applied and got this position at another school. And honestly, Im not doing anything productive. and I KNOW I can be spending my time doing something more productive instead of spending nearly 12hours a day here doing nothing (have to wake up at 6 to go to work, then come back home around 6 or 7).

My question is, is doing summer research/internship really necessary? How in depth would they ask about it at interviews? I mean I am already doing plenty of research with my own professor. And if at the interview they ask me, "what kind of research did you do (the one i am doing at another school)?" I dont have anything do say. As of now, this seems to have nothing that is beneficial to me. What do you guys think? I am a rising Junior and I would rather be shadowing a dentist or volunteering somewhere else. Ive been in front of the computer for the past few days...

Sorry for the long post. please tell me your opinions.


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Jun 12, 2009
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I am in a similar situation as you. I've been involved in a research, but I won't do stuff much. My friend did from 9 am to 5 pm for 8 hrs a day for a month, but I've been doing 3 hrs a day. And then I go to a dentist's office for 3 hrs a day. I would recommend you to reduce your research time from 12 hrs to 6 hrs and start to shadow at a dentist's office for 6 hrs...
Idk, but that's just my opinion tho..