Your college degree program may require you to do a stint in an actual lab for the summer in order to complete your education. Not only will this be a major step in applying what you have learned in school it is also your chance to gain some real-world experience.
Here are several ways to find a summer job as a lab technician:
- Look at your school bulletin board. Labs may post work opportunities in campuses. List down important details and contact information. You can also visit your school's work placement office and ask for assistance with your summer job search. Find out their requirements for interns and see if your background is adequate enough to qualify.
- Search online for a list of laboratories in your vicinity. You can also use the yellow pages to form a list and gather contact details. Visit their official websites and look for work opportunities. You can call them and ask for the personnel-in-charge of human resources. Write a letter to all of them and address them to the personnel-in-charge.
- Visit labs directly. You can directly ask lab personnel for work opportunities while getting first-hand observation of the facilities and the employees. Introduce yourself as a summer job-seeker and ask questions about work, which includes the usual activities, the equipment and the management.
- Ask for help in your social network. Your immediate connection with a wide variety of people can greatly aid in your search. Post your job need and monitor your account for responses. Not only will people directly connected with labs inform you of opportunities, but those who see job wanted signs as they pass by labs on their way to school or work can give you leads as well.
- Ask for opportunities among your friends and family. You may have a relative who is connected to a lab staff member. Ask around if they can help get you a summer job. Beware, however, that some labs have employment policies that places a ban on hiring employee relatives up to the third degree of consanguinity.
- Ask for help from a faculty member. Professors usually have ties to various labs in the area, either from former students or as part of their research. If you're close to a faculty member, ask him for tips to get a summer job. He will also serve as an academic reference. Your grades better be good, though, or your professor will be too unimpressed to recommend you.
- Partner up with a classmate or two. Some of your classmates have relatives who work in labs and can get them work in them. These labs may need more than one intern, and a friend would rather recommend you than a stranger. Not only will this ease your search for work, but will also create a team who can back each other up when needed.
Don't forget to network during your time as a temporary lab technician. Your summer co-workers can easily be future job references with a simple thank-you note and holiday greeting cards.