I am a fourth-year biomedical engineering student doing the pre-med option, and I wanted to share with you a task analysis setup of how I went about finding student research positions at universities and institutions by "spamming" professors and scientists. It has worked for me.
Feel free to modify or disagree with my procedure. :o) But I sincerely hope this helps.
- Send concise and short e-mail
- Explain why you want to work with him
- Mention if you have experience or are specialized in his/her area
- Say if you want to learn a specific technique from him/her
- Schedule a time for an interview either via phone or in person
- On the date you specified in the e-mail, give them a call.
- If they do not answer:
1. Explain that you are calling to follow up about a possible 3-month (or however long) internship at their lab
2. State when you will call again precisely
3. Do not forget to leave your phone number
- If they answer:
1. “I have a chance to work outside the classroom and wish to work with you specifically because [what you saw on his/her website about the lab work]”
2. “I am excited to learn more about your project”
1. “I can start in [another semester/quarter, another year] and can check back with you then to see if there is an opening
- Send a nice thank-you note written by hand mailed
- If they have accepted you, thank him/her for adding you to the lab
- If they denied you, thank him/her for the kindness for consideration
- If they denied you but referred you to another person, mention if you were able to contact him/her and thank him/her for the time and help