When applying for an undergraduate research internship or co-op opportunity the amount of effort you put into completing the application counts. Typically, besides the application itself, you will be asked to provide an updated resume, write and submit an essay or personal statement, and submit a letter of recommendation. It is important to follow the application guidelines precisely and directly respond to any questions put forth in the essay. As needed, the Office of Undergraduate Research can provide advice and feedback on components of your application. Before contacting OUR, please look over the information available within the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science's Resource Toolbox as well as that provided by the WVU ASPIRE Office. Pertinent information from these two sources is highlighted below.
Six Steps for Securing Effective Letters of Recommendation
Getting Strong Letters of Recommendation (IBP)
Sample Faculty Reference Letter (WVU Career Services Center)
Essays and Personal Statements
Cover Letters and Thank You Letters (WVU Career Services Center)
Timeline for Preparing for Graduate School (WVU ASPIRE)