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Analytical research & development intern.
What I do, day to day:
Every day, I am in the lab conducting research for the purpose of developing a method to quantify residual protein in active pharmaceutical ingredients.
My previous internship was as a lab assistant for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, where I assisted with water quality testing. I am planning to go to grad school following my last year at Dickinson, but I am considering doing another internship during the summer in between. I would love to intern again at Merck, but I would also be open to an internship at a different pharmaceutical company.
Most valuable part of this experience:
It is extremely valuable for me to be able to work in a different lab environment, so that I can see the differences between labs in industry versus those at school and experience how each one operates. The best part of this internship is that I have the opportunity to make a real impact in the department and hopefully my research can be used for years following the end of my time here.
Advice for students considering internships:
I would recommend gaining as much experience as possible—internships are vital in helping you determine what you like, and also what you don't. You can learn a lot about yourself and what you want in a career by interning at various locations/companies and trying new things.
How this internship has helped me:
I have gained so much lab experience that will be helpful for my time at Dickinson and after. I feel better prepared for grad school now that I have had the opportunity to design my own experiments and think critically of my work.
I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, either in analytical or discovery chemistry.
Published July 27, 2018