Biology,  Business

Internship 101

So, according to my senior Fiona, it’s very difficult to get internship with life sciences companies after February and hence I started sending out emails to Principal Investigators.

I received the first reply from a Prof and I was so excited that I thought his reply meant that I was accepted into their research internship programme. But he reminded me that I was being overly anxious, and that I had to undergo an interview before they decide if I can join their team.

Then 2 other profs replied, I got confused and troubled. Am I supposed to go for all of them? Or am I supposed to just put all my eggs into one basket and hope it’s not a broken one? What if I got into all 3? How do I reject the ones which I less prefer, when they had already accepted me? I have never been so anxious about internship before.

My interview is this coming Tuesday, and I’m scared out of my wits. What are they going to ask me? Will I be able to present myself appropriately, and am I suitable (smart enough) for their team?

I’m reading up on their research and hopefully I will think of some intelligent questions for the prof who will be interviewing me.

I am DAMN SCARED. So this is how you feel when you try to step out of your comfort zone. It’s not as easy as people think, whenever they say, “This is the year when I’m going to step out of my comfort zone.” It actually entails facing your ¬†fears head on and dealing with whatever that comes. You’ll face the unknown, and that’s hell of a scary thing.

But I guess if I have the end in mind, which is hopefully a time of constant learning and benefitting from the internship, I am more willing to jump into it.

Wish me luck!


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