We at the W. Scott Amey Center pride ourselves in helping our talented students grow to reach their professional potential and achieve all they desire. Today, meet Rem Martin Tolentino, a current Regulatory Biomedical Engineering student at the George Washington University.
Last Spring Rem started applying for internships and got the SEAS career team to critique his resume. After applying for over 80+ internships, he ended up with 11 interviews and got 5 internship offers at large medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies, and startups. He ended up interning at Stryker, a Fortune 500 Company and a top 5 Medical Device Company, this summer in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a clinical research intern developing intracranial stents and aneurysm coils and designed studies to test these devices in clinical trials. We asked Rem a few questions to gain insight into the process.
- What is something you learned about the job/internship search process that you didn’t know before?
- Something that I learned about the job/internship process is to not get intimidated/discouraged when you send applications out online. It is normal to not hear back for weeks or even months to an internship or a job posting. It is important to follow-up with recruiters to know the status of your application. Also, don’t put all your eggs in one basket – apply to as many jobs that you can do at least 50% of the job requirements. I learned that applying for jobs, even though you may be qualified, is a numbers game. The more applications you send out the better chance you have of securing an interview. I recommend putting in the effort to apply to 2 or 3 postings a day and using Excel or Google Sheets to track all of the applications you send out
- How was the SEAS Careers team useful during your job search process?
- The SEAS Careers team was helpful in critiquing and modifying my resume to best attract employers. The 1:1 practice interviews were super helpful in preparing me for my interviews because they simulated an actual interview setting and helped me prepare for difficult questions.
- Any advice you would give to current SEAS students?
- My advice to give to SEAS students it to NETWORK – use your network and contacts! I reached out to my contacts working at different companies and scheduled 5 to 10 minute calls with them asking about what its like working at the company and learning more about what the job functions that they do. I did not specifically ask for a job – I just asked for information and advice. You’d be surprised with how helpful some people can be! Also, I took what I learned from my contacts about the company and helped tailor my cover letters and resumes to reflect what the company is looking for and show that I fit into the company culture. Building these relationships are important because these contacts can be your “in” at a company.