Aug 12

If you’ve just graduated from college or high school and want to accumulate job experience, hit your computer and find an internship online. An internship is a pre-professional, usually unpaid, job that provides students, recent graduates, and people hoping to change careers with experience in a particular career field. For students, internships can also offer college credit. If you’re thinking of transitioning into a new career field, find an internship as a way to try out a new job without making a permanent commitment.

If you’re in college, you visit your college’s Career Services office, or ask if they have a program helping students find an internship. If your college arranges to find an internship for students, they may have a web page where you can check out internships online. These internships are geared specifically toward students from your college, so you may find a perfect fit on just one visit to the site.

There are also websites designed to act as search engines just to help you find an internship. One of those,, is not only an exhaustive job listing database, it also offers an internship database – all you need to do is enter “internship” in the search field. If you’re a current student or a college graduate, call your school’s career counseling office to find out if your college is partnered with MonsterTrak – if they are, they can provide you with a password. Also try sites that let you find an internship –, one of many such sites, has a search feature that lets you to specify location, industry, job function, and even the time of year you’d like to do your internship.

If you’re a recent college graduate looking for work experience or even an older adult hoping to change careers, seriously consider an internship to get the work experience you need – or just to find out if you really want to work in that field at all. A surprising number of industries, from computer tech and banking to the restaurant business and law, offer internships for work experience and even college credit. They offer a chance for those new to a particular field to gain experience while working under mentors who know the business inside and out. Find an internship the same way you would hunt for a job – just specify that you’re looking for an internship online, rather than a permanent position.

Feb 01

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

Benefits of Service

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

Dec 06

Enter the world of the really, really small and the very, very precise. Nanotechnology is the group of emerging technologies in which matter is measured on the nanometer scale - down to individual atoms in size - and manipulated to produce unique materials and products.

How small is 1 nanometer?

In the nano world, the width of a human hair is huge - about 80,000 nanometers! Now imagine working with parts just a few nanometers in size, visible only with the most powerful of electron, atomic, or scanning tunneling microscopes.

Today, much of the work in nanotechnology involves basic research and development (R&D) sponsored and supported by corporate, university, and federal collaborations. Nanotechnology is just beginning to also have practical, commercial applications in such diverse fields as health care, information technology, manufacturing, and national defense.

Although nanotechnology deals with the very small, its anticipated impact on job growth and career opportunities in the United States is expected to be very large. Within the next 10 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) estimates that the worldwide need for nanotechnology workers will rise from the current 20,000 to two million!

Work in the field of nanotechnology requires specialized education and training, but the job and career rewards for those who prepare themselves should be significant.

Dec 04

Want a truly 21st century career that combines interests in the Earth, space, and high technology? How about an emerging field where new “offshoot” opportunities are occurring all the time?

The geospatial industry acquires, integrates, manages, analyzes, maps, distributes, and uses geographic, temporal and spatial information and knowledge. The industry includes basic and applied research, technology development, education, and applications to address the planning, decision-making, and operational needs of people and organizations of all types.

Within Geospatial Technology, Photogrammetrists and Remote Sensing Specialists use pictures and other information from satellites, planes, and ground sensors to plot and gather data about where things are on Earth. Geographic Information Systems Analysts then review and turn this data into maps and decision-making tools.

And where might Geospatial Technology professionals, technologists, and technicians actually work? In addition to local, state, and federal government agencies, these skilled individuals can be found employed in the private and non-profit sectors in a wide-range of related scientific and technical fields, such as agriculture and soils; archeology; biology; cartography; ecology; environmental sciences; forestry and range; geodesy; geography; geology; hydrology and water resources; land appraisal and real estate; medicine; transportation; urban planning and development, and more.

Dec 03

Life sciences, technology, manufacturing - it’s all a part of biotechnology. With new discoveries being made every day, there are lots of opportunities to be a part of the action.

To succeed and grow in the 21st century economy, biotechnology employers need to fill each position in their companies, from entry-level to the most advanced, with qualified, skilled individuals. Because the industry is experiencing such rapid growth, biotechnology firms often demand more skilled workers than are available and are projected to need more workers than are currently enrolled in training programs.

There are two ways to learn more about the emerging biotechnology industry. There are the different stages of the biotechnology process:

  • Research and Development (R&D) - conduct groundbreaking scientific research with state-of-the-art scientific technology.
    Biotech R&D Technicians take the first steps toward curing the world’s deadliest diseases. They design state-of-the-art products and services to meet the needs of scientists in the worldwide biomedical research community. This dynamic career path offers opportunities in a variety of research fields.
  • Quality Control and Assurance - perfect the systems and procedures of cutting-edge research and production.
    Making a biotechnology product involves meeting specifications for precision and safety. Quality Assurance requires the product to meet certain standards and specifications. These are the people who ensure that products are what the labels say they are.
  • Manufacturing and Production - build innovative and life-saving scientific technology.
    Biomanufacturing is an essential component of today’s biotech industry. A career in biomanufacturing requires creativity and innovative thinking. Biomanufacturing technicians are the experts on the development and maintenance of biotech machinery. They play an integral role in biotech research and are responsible for developing and maintaining the technology and innovative equipment that drives industry research.

Alternatively, you might want to learn about specific sub sectors of biotechnology such as:

  • Agriculture - conducting genetic research that may someday help fight world hunger, agricultural bio-processing is one of the newest and most exciting fields in the biotech industry. Experts agree that the future of farming in the 21st century will be shaped by agricultural bio-processing technology.
  • Bioprocessing - helping save lives, making companies more profitable, and determining the future of medicine. Bioprocessing is an interdisciplinary specialty that draws on several scientific fields including: engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biochemistry, biology, and, of course, biotechnology.
  • Bioinformatics - working with sophisticated computer equipment, analyzing biological data, and creating massive genetic databases to unlock genetic secrets. The field of biology has progressively transitioned from a bench-based skill to a computer-based science. The bioinformatics sector represents the technological future of the biotech industry.

Biotechnology is truly an opportunity to turn science fiction into science fact!