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Chemistry Major Gains Lab Experience Through Forensic Science Internship

Looking back on his summer as an intern with the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, Richard Barron '19 feels well prepared for what's to come during his senior year at Dickinson and beyond.

Richard Barron '19, Virginia Department of Forensic Science



Internship title:


What I do, day to day:

I perform extractions on biological matrices and analyze using LC/MS/MS (liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry). 

Other internships:

While I have not had any prior internship experiences, I hope that I will be able to intern again in the future. 

Most valuable part of this experience:

Having practical experience working in a laboratory environment, as well as meeting with professionals that work in the field.

Advice for students considering internships:

Remember to provide yourself ample time in order to make it to your internship site, in case of traffic or construction.

How this internship has helped me:

I am now much more prepared for my senior seminar, as well as having real-world experience working in a laboratory.

Post-Dickinson plans:

After graduating from Dickinson, I plan on going to graduate school in order to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Learn more about internships at Dickinson.


Published July 25, 2018