Internship Spotlight: Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Van Galen Lab

Current student Noha Awais shared the following about being an Intern at Brigham and Women’s Hospital…

How did you find this internship?
Previous Internship

What did you enjoy most about your internship?
My summer internship was a deeply enriching experience as it allowed me to engage with cutting-edge projects and collaborate with experienced researchers in a field that has always intrigued me. My lab offered a very supportive environment and exposed me to diverse perspectives. Overall, my experience was informative and inspiring. It definitely positively shaped my academic and career aspirations.

What did you find challenging?
At first, I struggled to navigate the complexity of unfamiliar research methodologies and technologies. Additionally, it was difficult to adapt to the rapid pace of problem-solving. However, overcoming these challenges eventually deepened my appreciation for the dynamic nature of research.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
I would emphasize the importance of actively engaging with your research and proactively learning about the topic. Also, it is very important to seek out opportunities within your lab and not be afraid to ask questions. Most importantly, I would suggest embracing challenges and not being afraid to explore beyond your comfort zone.

About the Organization

The Van Galen Laboratory studies molecular mechanisms that sustain the human blood system throughout life.  More info at


By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director