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Opportunities for the Optimist

As fall is coming at us full swing it is the perfect time to check out internships, scholarships, and new opportunities. I have compiled a few recommendations to help jumpstart your search.

As fall is coming at us full swing it is the perfect time to check out internships, scholarships, and new opportunities. I have compiled a few recommendations to help jumpstart your search.

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To start the fall, I would recommend a couple books–perfect for a rainy day or for mandatory school reading. Author Angela Duckworth’s book Grit is a great contender to remind us of the effort we need to put into the school year. During the summer, we sometimes lose our motivation, so Duckworth provides us with examples straight out of Silicon Valley, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs.

If reading isn’t your stride, check out her Ted Talk.

Additionally, if you are a science junkie looking to be published, the International Journal of High School Research is accepting submissions. There are many tedious requirements, but it is a great resume builder. Submissions for the next issue will be accepted until January of 2019.

Looking to travel a little bit? Genius Olympiad is an international Science fair in Oswego, New York. The fair is host to students interested in Art, Science, Robotics, Writing, Music, and Business; a great opportunity to win scholarships to SUNY Oswego as well as other trips. In 2018, there were 1657 applicant projects, of which 729 were accepted. 73 countries were represented last year, could you be a new representative? Submissions are accepted until early March of 2019.

Looking for grant money? If you are in the state of Minnesota, try the Ann Bancroft Foundation! They offer biannual grants for many different areas of studio (including science!). The next submission is due in November! Additionally, the National Science Foundation is a phenomenal resource for undergraduate and graduate students alike. The links for both websites are below if you would like to explore!

Are you ready for an internship? The National Aeronautics and Space Associations (NASA) is accepting applications for an internship in the History Office for Spring of 2019. If you are tech savvy this may be the fit for you! Applications are due October 1st of 2018!

As you dive into the school year, hopefully one of these can come in handy! It never hurts to apply, and all aforementioned opportunities are amazing resume builders. Grab a cup of coffee and surf the web with the links below 🙂


Resources:

(1) “Application.” APPLICATION – GENIUS Olympiad 2018, http://www.geniusolympiad.org/index.php/application.

(2) “Grant Programs.” AnnBancroftFoundation, 2017, http://www.annbancroftfoundation.org/grant-programs/.

(3) “National Science Foundation – Where Discoveries Begin.” NSF – National Science Foundation, http://www.nsf.gov/funding/education.jsp?fund_type=1.

(4) “Submission.” International Journal of High School Research, 27 June 2018, ijhighschoolresearch.org/submission/.

(5) Wild, Flint. “Current Opportunities for Students — Internships and Fellowships.” NASA, NASA, 24 Feb. 2015, http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/stu-intern-current-opps.html.

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