Internship Spotlight: Dekel Lab, MGH Department of Psychiatry

Current student Rose Herman shared the following about being an intern at Dekel Lab, MGH Department of Psychiatry…

How did you find this internship?
I cold emailed the PI after browsing the MGH website looking for a lab I might be able to work in.

What did you enjoy most about your internship? 
I enjoyed learning about the behind-the-scenes of clinical research. As a new field to me, I hadn’t known what to expect coming in. I found it very rewarding to work to create the foundation and maintain the “backbone” of entire research projects. It was so interesting to learn how much goes in to the implementation of clinical research studies, and I felt very accomplished throughout the summer contributing to so much of it.

What did you find challenging?
The work that I did was very detail oriented, and requires lots of attention and caution. I think this was challenging to adapt to because I was not used to always being so particular in the work that I did.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
Making connections is really important! I would recommend trying to develop a strong relationship with your superior (in my case my PI). This provided me with a really engaging and supportive environment in the workplace

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director