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ORISE DOE Programs

Epidemiologist Intern

June - August 2019 • Edgewood, MD

What I liked

The exposure to the field and the opportunity to work with military personnel on health reports

What I wish was different

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Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Fort Sam Houston, TX

What I liked

This experience taught me a lot about the field of scientific research, gave me a couple abstract publications, and connected me with a community that I respect.

What I wish was different

I wish that the experience could have been longer, and that there were opportunities offered to return; however, given that this was done through a government contract to a U.S. Army institution, the process was a lot more complicated.

Advice

Do not be afraid to make mistakes. There will be many opportunities to learn from them and do better the next time. Granted, if you make mistakes, do your best not to make them again!
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Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Fort Sam Houston, TX

What I liked

I liked that I was able to learn about the military, work directly with PhDs on research and present posters about our research to others. The pay was also great

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

No advice
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Intern in the Small Satellite Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School

May - August 2019 • Monterey, CA

What I liked

I had interned in the same lab the previous summer, so I enjoyed coming back to the same group again and continuing work on projects I had started the previous summer. My mentors were incredibly helpful and I learned more about incorporating stem knowledge into hands-on research projects with a real-world impact.

What I wish was different

I had previously done the same internship through a different employer a year prior, but it was changed to ORISE this summer, so there were delays in the process.

Advice

Definitely take full advantage of any internship and take initiative in getting projects done. Depending on the company you intern at, you may be left relatively unsupervised, so how much you learn is up to you. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of those around you and learn as much as you can.
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Engineering intern

May - August 2019 • Oak Ridge, TN

What I liked

I liked being able to go and interact with people in my desired field.

What I wish was different

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