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Biochemistry Major Sharpens Lab Skills as a Research Intern at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Zoey Miller '20 is a research intern at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is refining her lab skills, growing her professional network and gaining valuable work experience.

Zoey Miller '20, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Major:

Biochemistry & molecular biology.

Internship title:

Research intern; CRISSP (The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program) Scholar.

What I do, day to day:

I conduct research in the pathology and immunology department at CHOP. Essentially, I run experiments, gather data and analyze it daily in collaboration with my principal investigator, Dr. Jan Burkhardt. Specifically, I am studying T-cells and how they migrate in the body based on different proteins present in them.

Most valuable part of this experience:

Refining my basic lab skills and making professional connections have been the most valuable part. I have been able to meet so many successful scientists and speak to professors on the board of UPenn's graduate school admissions.

Advice for students considering internships:

My advice would be to apply to any and all internships that catch your eye. Too often people don't because they can be competitive, positions can be hard to come by and applications take time. Even if you think you may not get the job, it's always worth a shot! You never know whose hands your resume may end up in.

How this internship has helped me:

This internship has helped me to gain lab and analytical skills that are directly applicable to my major. I now know how to navigate complicated protocols, large lab settings and collaboration among peers. I want to eventually pursue an independent research project at Dickinson, and I feel that this internship has given me the stepping stones to do so.

Post-Dickinson plans:

After Dickinson, I'd like to work in a post baccalaureate position in a lab for a year or two to gain even more experience. After that, I'd like to pursue a Ph.D. in either pharmacology or biochemistry. After completing my post doc, I'd like to work in the industry for a while and then wrap up my career by going into higher education at a small, liberal-arts college.

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Published August 6, 2018