What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
During the course of the internship, my main role was to carry out general laboratory duties and perform eDNA testing on a variety of species from various locations. I was allowed to be completely hands on and I took part in all of the testing services that they have available as well as some of their research and development which consisted of some field work and gathering data. I also analysed various scientific journals to aid their research projects for further development.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
I learnt a huge amount in regards to the business, industry and general day to day tasks that are required within an eDNA business. I also gained a huge amount of laboratory skills working 1-1 with a very skilled technician.
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
I aided in their research as well as assisted in the laboratory to complete daily sampling tasks.
What skills were you able to develop through the internship?
Problem solving, focus of goals and outcomes, networking
What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?
Confidence, motivation, independence