acrossthelake wrote:Most people here don't really know too many people and everyone will be eager to make new friends. I lived off-campus and found it really easy to make new friends. That said, it would've been even easier if I had lived in Gropius. You're right that apartments will expect first month's rent ahead of time, though, and that you might not get your loan refund in time.
They're not too mythical, though they went overwhelming to either URMs or people with IP backgrounds. I know a couple of people who got it through other channels though, including through firms that came to campus for Spring On-Campus Interviews (there weren't many, but they did hire non-URMs). I can't see a trend in people who got in-house positions. Those two pay the most, and a fair bit more than SPIF. The SAs I know got 3300/week, and in-house can come out to around 20K for the summer.
It says in the link that 368 1Ls got SPIF last year, out of a class of about 550(rounded, I don't know our exact size). So about 1/3 of the class got some sort of paid position. Part of those, however, are people who got positions like working for professors, which doesn't really come out to much more than the SPIF stipend. And some jobs give funding that really just covers expenses. So definitely less than a third got well-paid positions.
Aha, I see what you did there to figure out approximately how many got in-house/1L SA positions
Slick. I've always been curious but unmotivated to find out. If you're from the south and want to return there, then I am obligated by my personal moral code to recommend TX to you. Great legal economy, good city, one of the best and improving job prospect cities, and 1L SA possible if you either have ties to TX or can convince them that you'd be seriously interested in TX (you're from the south so that's a start
). 2L SA jobs in TX are much easier to come by, but 1L SA jobs are still relatively available in TX (URM or not).