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Updated February 23, 2018
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  1. "Amazing place for young scientists!"

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    Former Employee - Biological Science Aid in Edgewater, MD
    Former Employee - Biological Science Aid in Edgewater, MD
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The location is beautiful and everyone is always willing to help out or help you learn. From working there I made connections in the science community that eventually lead to an assistantship in grad school.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Hard to move up unless you get a federal job


  2. "Great place for researchers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center full-time

    Pros

    New lab building, great co-workers, options for collaboration and work in other labs

    Cons

    It's a little bit out of the way and is inaccessible via public transit.

  3. "Great place to work and build a career"

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    Former Intern - Water Quality Research in Edgewater, MD
    Former Intern - Water Quality Research in Edgewater, MD
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great and helpful staff to work with, very calm and fun environment. Loved hiking before, after work and during lunch breaks.

    Cons

    Three months is too short for an internship there!

    Advice to Management

    I have no suggestions, it is a really great place to work.


  4. "Usher"

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    Current Employee - Usher in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Usher in Baltimore, MD
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're a baseball fan its the best job you can have because everyone is there to enjoy baseball. Most interactions with fans are enjoyable

    Cons

    You're standing on your feet for long periods of time and sometime in excessive heat or rain


  5. "Awesome Summer Internship"

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    Former Intern - Crab Lab Intern in Edgewater, MD
    Former Intern - Crab Lab Intern in Edgewater, MD
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working here was really great. Very close to Annapolis, not too far from Baltimore and DC. Shopping/food/restaurants/bars close by. Great facilities. Cut lines and get discounts in all Smithsonian museums.

    The people are fantastic - everyone you work and live with is really nice and you make such great friends. I've met up with other interns many times since my internship.

    You get to work on your own project over the course of the summer. Idea, development, execution, analysis, presentation. Depending on the project you may have more or less input on how it's done. Every intern does a presentation to conclude their internship, and your lab gives extensive feedback on it before you give your actual presentation, so you go into it feeling prepared. There are also opportunities to help other labs with their work.

    If you can, live in the dorms. You get to know the other interns so well. Green Village dorm is new, fits 18 with mostly doubles, internet through ethernet. Schmidt dorm has 6 singles and some access to wifi. Both have AC! There are miles of trails to run/hike/bike, a few (albeit small) beaches, boardwalks through wetlands, canoes/kayaks to take out. There are bikes to borrow, but if you have your own bike, I'd bring it with you. Behind Green Village is basketball and a barbeque.

    Great professional development - there were job panels, lectures on science writing and presenting, and plenty of students and postdocs to discuss grad school. Interactions with interns at other Smithsonian locations, as well as Sea Grant. You can also attend classes run by the education department.

    Cons

    Sort of hard to come up with cons. It was sometimes hard to meet people in other labs (if you both didn't live in the dorms). For that reason, I think the interns who commuted lost some of the experience. You need a car to get anywhere but everyone carpools, so it's ok if you don't have one. Wifi is spotty or nonexistent in dorms, but internet is available thru ethernet cable.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to interact more with the PIs.


  6. "REU intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome work environment. Great People. Lots of opportunity to larn

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours and outdoor work can be hard but it was really great overall.


  7. "Had some wonderful summer experiences as an intern and full-time employee."

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    Former Employee - Biological Research Aide in Edgewater, MD
    Former Employee - Biological Research Aide in Edgewater, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    SERC has a large campus with a huge number of different research labs all working on interesting projects. It is rather secluded and hidden away, right on the water. There are ample opportunities for hiking, canoeing and doing other outdoor activities. The researchers are open, friendly and enthusiastic about sharing their work with anyone interested in it.

    Cons

    People can be somewhat secluded, as everyone is working in their own lab. You may have to go a bit out of your way to meet other people working there. However, people are friendly when approached.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps try to organize more campus community events, so that people from labs that don't commonly work together can have more opportunities to meet each other.