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Evalutaing Interns

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Jun. 20th, 2007 | 03:55 pm

I find it really tough to figure out who'd make a good intern based on their personal statement, transcript, and letters of recommendation.

I have decided however that one should never, ever use the phrase "I am uniquely qualified" in an application.

Maybe someone could be allowed to use it after they've won a couple of Nobel prizes (or equivalent). It is a harsh lesson, but none of us are really that "unique" when it comes to job/internship applications.

Also for a bioinformatics internship I really really wish the people running it would ask the applicants to attach a code sample.
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Evaluating Interns

from: weathermodeler
date: Dec. 9th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
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In reverse order... It's important to evaluate skills for almost all interns in terms of coding. Doesn't have to be for bioinformatics. The problem is, when the guys writing the announcements, and the PIs who make some of the decisions, start talking they tend to forget their own problems with coding and think that a warm fuzzy feeling will overcome someone's lack of python and C expertise on the job. Yeah, we need standard tests.

"Uniquely qualified", on the other hand, isn't as clear-cut, although for an intern, it'd be hard to support. I've seen software new hires that were "uniquely qualified" in that they fit the dream-list better than all other applicants, but so far, I've not found an intern or graduate assistant who was in that boat.

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