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03 Jun 2019

Dear Career Adviser,

I'm a third-year medical student. I was looking through AMSA's career page and looking to get some advice on what I can do in the next 12-18 months in order to set myself up for the intern position I want for 2021. I know it's quite early, but I figure it's better to know in advance and plan/network/build my CV etc, to put myself in the best position possible.

Dear Student,

It’s great that you are starting to think about what you can put in place now. You’ve already identified some areas to work on:

  1. Build your CV – it’s ideal to start this sooner than later. You can then refine and add to it as you go throughout the remainder of your degree. Include your education, employment and voluntary experience to date. AMA student members can have their CV reviewed by our Careers Adviser – simply send it to
  2. If research interests you, it won’t hurt to have some work of this kind to include on your CV. Ask your clinical contacts for leads regarding where you can get involved.
  3. Contact any organisations that appeal to you where you can gain experience as a volunteer such as joining a committee, fundraising, organising an event. These opportunities will provide you with valuable learning, social contacts and hopefully some fun. They also look good on your CV.
  4. When you start to form ideas about which specialty you may wish to pursue in your career, familiarise yourself with the relevant college’s training and community. Explore which events you could go to that would enable you to learn more about that specialty and to meet people who can guide you and answer your questions about what it’s like to work in that field.

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Published: 03 Jun 2019