I’d like to use the blog to share summer job opportunities. As I mentioned in class, I think you would all benefit by pursuing summer jobs that will allow you to explore career options and allow you to gain experience relevant to your major. I think there are plenty of paid positions out there and I would recommend looking for a paid position over an unpaid position.
The National Science Foundation supports programs called Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Here is a website where you can search these opportunities – http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm. I did an REU in college and it changed my career path. I spent the summer in the Dominican Republic studying seed dispersal by herbivorous iguanas. I learned a lot about ecology, earned a $3000 stipend, got a nice tan, and met people who helped me get into graduate school.
I encourage you all to use the blog to share details about potential positions that your classmates might be interested in.