Listen to a conversation between two students on campus.
Hey, Jim. Know what you’re doing yet this summer?
Yeah, I got this chemistry internship lined up—
I’m gonna be helping my lab professor with a research experiment.
I know … I want to work in a chemistry lab after I graduate, so this will be great experience.
Sounds like you’re all set!
Uhm, not quite … there’s a problem.
You see, the internship doesn’t pay … and I really need to earn money this summer.
Well, I read that the campus bookstore needs help this summer.
Maybe you could work at the lab during the week and at the bookstore on the weekends.
Maybe … but then I’d be working all the time—I’d hardly have any time to relax all summer.
True. But here’s a thought—
why not ask your professor if you can share the internship with another person?
You know, now that you mention it, other summer interns have done this and the professors were fine with it.
Right, so you could still earn money on days when you didn’t have to be at the lab.
Yeah, sounds good.
The only drawback is that I might not learn as much as I would if I were actually in the lab every day and could follow the results of the experiments.
I know, but it might be worth a try.