Research,biotechnology: Jashan Suri

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Internships are an integral part in building a student’s resume. The third-year internship becomes all the more important for a person as it could be a life changing experience for that person, leading him to introspect what he really
wants to do in his or her life. Whether he wants to study further, pursue a job or maybe pursue research. This article pertains to a profile which attracts numerous students, it is the research area in the field of biochemical engineering. I would like to thank Jashan Suri for his valuable inputs that helped this article shape up.

MOTIVATION FOR TAKING UP THIS FIELD
Generally, students who are part of the integrated five-year course at IIT Delhi tend to take up internship in this field considering they have another year to look at more options. It’s not necessary that a person who is solely interested in research or wants to pursue it as a career takes up these kinds of internships. It is generally a part of the plan for people who want to explore different opportunities before fixing eyes on one. This being a perfect
opportunity to experience this field becomes an option for many. Also, generally these internships are on foreign lands, a plus point for those who like to travel.


SELECTION PROCEDURE
So, one does not get research internships through the TnP cell, so one has to be on his or her toes and start mailing the professors in various universities across the globe to land their dream internship. Also make your CV and your cover letter at first, proof read it and make sure to incorporate all your strong points in that. The cover letter is an essential factor for program selections, and one’s ability to weave a story around his/her strengths and learnings in projects, as well as courses, determines the selection from a large number of applications each school receives. The right time to start mailing is generally from around September-October. You generally don’t have a formal interview, there is generally just an informal conversation before the intern getting fixed. The mailing process is similar to throwing a bunch of darts at the wall hoping one sticks. You need to have the right amount of patience before that dart hits the bulls-eye.

SKILL SET
The thing that matters most is your academic achievements to some extent and mostly the projects you have undertaken. Having done a course in the college or having done a summer project in the area that is connected to the research area you are trying to work into helps and plays a major role in the professor shortlisting you. Any course that you work hard in and get a 9 or a 10 you are destined to use that knowledge in your future endeavours. CG is definitely something that professors look at, however not generalizing
anything because there are a lot of students with a not so high CG who have got good research interns. However, it would be always beneficial if you have a decent CG because some Programs definitely have a cut-off.

WORK PROFILE
He did his internship in France at Pierre and Marie Curie University. He worked on a new technology related to algae. The team he was working in tried to induce a mutation in the chloroplast DNA through CRISPR CAS9 technology. The work being done is entirely novel and hence really interesting and challenging. He tells that how waking up every day didn’t seem like a task for him.

WORK HOURS AND ENVIRONMENT-
He explains that the working environment at the university is not quite tedious. They do not count or monitor the number of hours you work there. You are free to work 24/7 in the
laboratory.The working conditions in the university are really good, with the university
being well equipped with all the necessary technology to help pace up yourexperiment. The permanent researchers in the university are also quite approachable and friendly. The only minor issue is that most of the people do not speak English. So he mentions that it would be better if you know a bit of French.

SUGGESTIONS-
– Keep a track of all the programs that universities offer for research intern. People tend to make a general mistake of not applying in these kinds of programs.
– Always apply in your field of interest as the professors do not just look at your past work but your motivation as well as the capability to learn new things.
– Getting a good research internship is also dependent on one’s luck, keep trying as the process may sometimes get disheartening.
– Making an excel sheet with a list of professors who work in research area of your interest.

Article by: Hridayesh Lal,Anukriti Yadav

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