Now that I’ve been working in the lab for about a year, I’m excited to share this post about the things I’ve learned since then. This is my first college internship/professional experience in the field. Overall, it’s been a great opportunity that I’m very thankful for.
I started working in the lab in the summer of last year through my school’s summer research college internship program. The program had us work full time for 10 weeks. Once a week, we would have professional development seminars, which I enjoyed. At the end of the 10 weeks, we had to present a poster on the research we had done. Thankfully my presentation went well!
Especially considering that I went to sleep super late the night before because I was watching the Vamps in concert. I started off completely confused and not sure about what we were doing.
Now that I’ve been in a lab for a while and I’ve taken cell biology and genetics classes, I understand what we’re doing. Now, I even have my own little portion of the project that I’m very excited about. I’ve gotten to know the people in the lab better. I plan to continue working in this lab, in my little part of the experiment, until I graduate because I am happy there.
Without further ado, here are some things I’ve learned so far during my college internship. Hopefully, you can apply these to your professional life, too.Internships are great learning experiences for college students. Here are 7 things I learned during my internship! Click To Tweet
You don’t have to be bffs with your co-workers
When I first joined the lab, I thought I was going to become close friends with my co-workers, since we would be spending a lot of time together. I quickly realized that I was wrong. The girl who happened to be working on the same project as me had a totally different outlook on life than I do. She was a nice person and we had a good professional relationship. For example, while we were waiting for a sample to cool, we would talk about our pets. We went to Starbucks together once during a break. We would say hi if we saw each other outside of the lab. But our relationship never went further than that. I realized that that’s normal and okay…