- How do you keep your mentor happy? Talk to them early. Remind them you'll get paid.
- When should I do the internship? Probably not first year. Do it in 3rd or 4th year if you will only do it once. Do second year if there is the opportunity to go back each summer.
- Advice: Keep in touch with your former mentor. Ask for future internship opportunities (not just for yourself). Forward CVs of interested people to your mentors.
- International students will need to do CPT training, but it is only ~30 minutes and offered about twice a month. Go ahead and do the training now!
- Divya [Syngenta] - used DNA markers to predict breeding, visualization projects, 3-4 week goals within a 5-10 yr plan.
- Min [Monsanto] - review your CV, that's what they'll ask you about in the phone interview; know the connection between your research and the internship
- Xin [Boehringer Ingelheim] - computational biology group making tools for data visualization, curating, analyzing. Worked on data processing pipelines, data analysis. Used R/shiny/python and a little C/C++. 7-8 people in group, each person in charge of different project. Pfizer has a ticket-driven computational biology group.
- Usha [Merck] - Contacted mentor of previous intern. Your CV gets automatically filtered a lot, so make sure your CV has keywords that match the internship ad. Otherwise, it may not even make it to the mentors desk. Merck put the interns up in a hotel, so you don't have to worry about logistics. She was in the Applied Math department. Some members ran their own research programs; others did consulting. There were plenty of certification and training programs, especially to get promoted to leader.
- Ruo [Dow] - 20 people, about 1/2 biology; 2 hr group meeting, once per week, 1-2 people present; poster/oral presentation at end. Adviser came every day and gave specific tasks; little independent thinking since the goals were already set. The business motto is everyone is included. Interns were included as if working in the company. Invited to free lunch. Lots of teamwork focus in a "matrix structure" (not hierarchical). Stable, in that they want you to work for them 20 years.