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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Requirement-Related Questions

Mentors and Interview Process-Related Questions

CV Making-Related Questions

 

Requirement-Related Questions

Q. I am a graduate student, can I apply to this internship?

No, unfortunately we are not accepting graduate students on the program at this time.

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Q. Do I have to be a Psychology major in order to be placed into a laboratory?

No, we are accepting any science major or minor. However, if you are taking this to fulfill PSYCH 395, you must be a psychology major.

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Q. How long should I be prepared to spend on this internship?

The time will be determined by your mentor and you.

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Q. How many hours am I expected to work per semester?

  • For PSYCH 201: a minimum of 100 hours
  • For PSYCH 395, 396/398: a minimum of 126 hours

In short, you are expected to work 6 to 10 hours per week.

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Q. What is required if taking this class as an independent study course (i.e. for credit)?

At the end of the project, you will be expected to write a paper. The length and the topic should be discussed with your mentor. Also, you are required to sign a contract in which you and your mentor promise to fulfill the course expectations. You may also be required to attend to laboratory meetings.

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Q. If I want to work in a laboratory, do I HAVE to take this as an independent study course (i.e. for credit)?

No, you do not have to take this for credit; you may simply work in someone's laboratory without receiving course credit.

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Q. Can I do research work outside of Hunter?

Yes, you can do this. However, if you want to earn credit, you must find a Hunter sponsor. (Speak to the Placement Advisor to help you find a sponsor)

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Q. Which independent study should I sign up for?

Mentors and Interview Process-Related Questions

 

Q. Who are the mentors from the Psychology department?

Each member of our faculty is a mentor. Click here for the list of our mentors.

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Q. What is the correct way of approaching a mentor?

Before you apply for a specific lab:

    • Know what is the mentor's field of interest and what kind of research he/she does.
    • Read their full faculty biography and the articles they have written. Mentors want to know if you understand and are interested in learning what he/she does.

During the interview:

    • Make a great impression on your potential mentor: Show that you have aptitude and explain why you are interested in working in his/her laboratory.

Keep in mind:

    • Do not expect the mentors to do the work for you, they will help you, but it is your responsibility to work and learn, and get the experience you need from them.
    • Remember that your mentor will be writing recommendation letters for you.
    • Your mentor is the person that is going to guide you on your laboratory work, therefore you need to be respectful and refer to them accordingly.

When addressing your mentors:

    • Address them by their appropriate title (most likely Professor or Dr. )
    • Be very formal when writing e-mails or letters.
    • Check spelling and grammar several times before you send him/her e-mails.
    • Be precise and write no more than what is necessary.

    Remember: Mentors have full schedules and may not get back to you immediately. You may want to write a follow up e-mail if too much time has passed.

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Q. How to find a mentor's research articles

You can find them on any of these sites:

CV Making-Related Questions

 

Q. What is a Resume?

A resume is a one or two page summary of your education, skills, accomplishments and work experience. (Career Development Services definition)

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Q. What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)?

A Curriculum Vitae is a brief account of a person's education, qualifications, and previous occupations. It is a Latin phrase meaning 'course of life.' (Oxford dictionary definition)

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Q. What are the differences between a Resume and a CV?

The differences between a Resume and a Curriculum Vitae are:

  • A resume is a brief summary of your skills and experience, while a CV is a more detailed and extended summary of your academic and work background.
  • A resume is mainly used for job applications, while a CV is mostly used for academic purposes.
  • A CV is more specific to educational background, and is the most proper way to present yourself when applying for educational or research positions.
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Q. Do I need a Resume or a CV when applying for Lab Placement?

You definitely need a CV.

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Q. I don't know how to make a CV or a Resume for my application, where can I get help?

Career Development services has some very helpful links that can guide you step by step during your resume making process:

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentservices/cds/resume-writing-guide#anchor

http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentservices/cds/repository/files/CDSResumeWritingGuide.pdf

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Q. After I have made my CV, can someone review it for me?

Yes, the Career Development Services Department has counselors that can review your CV. They are located in the Hunter East Building, Room 805. To contact them you may:

Call (212) 772-4850, fax (212) 772-5438, or e-mail career@hunter.cuny.edu. Their office hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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