/ Asked by Lily
I am a science major at a well-known university in Boston. I plan to graduate a semester early, in January. I'm hoping to enter a PhD program the September after I graduate, but in the meanwhile I'd like to find a job (preferably in my field - pharma/biotech) to pay the bills/loans. I'm worried that I won't be able to find a company willing to hire me for only a few months. There is a chance I'd be able to get into grad school and then defer for a year, giving me 1.5 years to work, but that's not certain at all and not something I'm willing to promise to a potential employer. The additional constraint is that I'd strongly prefer to stay in the Boston area for personal reasons (staying close to a significant other). I'd appreciate any advice you might have for someone in my situation!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I would consider looking into internships in the Boston area.  While you have to remember that not all internships are paid, it would be a great way to get your foot in the door with a Pharma/biotech company.  Internships range in length so this might be the ideal way to continue to grow your field of knowledge while determining when you would be continuing on to receive your PhD.  If the internship is unpaid then you might have to look into a part-time job to pay the bills/loans.  While this might not be ideal for you at the moment, it could be a way to stay in the Boston area until you determine your future plans with school. 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Since you are only looking for a short-term position you may want to look at signing up with a job placement organization and taking on a contract position.  This will allow you to only work within the time duration that you select and location that you want.  It may not necessarily be in your field, it depends upon the opportunities available to you.  You should also connect with your career services office and see what internship opportunities are available to you.  While some employers post unpaid internships you really should focus on those that are paid.  They tend to be more robust assignments that truly provide you with opportunities to apply the theories you have learned in class in an industry setting.  
Answered by Siobhan, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Monday, June 30, 2014
My recommendation would be to try and find/apply for an internship or co-op position. This will allow you to meet some of your interim needs while you gain experience, without having to commit to a full-time job. In addition to looking at companies in your field, you may also want to look for paid research or university positions that would be applicable to your field. Best of luck! - Betsy, Accenture campus recruiter
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