Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Exciting, Informative, an Adventure
How did you learn about your internship?
I learned about my internship from Dr. Blaine while talking about graduate school options.
Describe your internship.
In the lab, we did a test to see if a novel drug protects the kidney in rats with type 2 diabetes. In the lab, I run different tests on rat urine samples and analyze the data in order to determine the amount of protein and other compounds in the urine. This data determines if the drug is effective and the kidney is being protected.
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
I enjoyed all the knowledge I was able to gain about working in a lab as well as the experiment I was working on. The biggest challenge for me was transitioning from chemistry based research to biology based research because I am not as familiar with this type of research and the techniques used, but it allowed me to learn even more this summer and adjust to the different challenges.
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
In the long run, I would like to perform pharmaceutical research and in this lab I was able to test the effects of a specific drug on rats with diabetes, so this gave me a feel of the tasks that I could potentially be completing. I was also able to discover what I really want to be doing long term.
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
During my internship, I tried to do my work to the best of my ability and to continuously ask questions about the tasks and data that I received. By asking questions, I showed the employer that I wanted to continually learn and improve my skills and knowledge.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
The most helpful part of my internship process was the help that I received from my professors. Everyone was so helpful with editing personal statements and finalizing applications and even helping to find more opportunities. Without them I don’t know if I would have obtained this research opportunity.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
My tip is to get to know your professors and to ask them as many questions as you can because they will be the most helpful people when it comes to finding an internship.