A Scientific Summer for One Rising Senior

August 12 2016
Category: Academics

The summer may be winding down, but many Elmira College students are still busy completing a variety of internships. Throughout the summer we’ve spotlighted some of the internships our students are experiencing, and this week we’re featuring Rachel Alibozek ’17.

Rachel is interning at a scientific laboratory and medical examiner’s office, giving her exposure to different work environments and new skills.

Let’s learn more from Rachel herself…

Rachel Alibozek

Last summer, I completed my internship requirement for Elmira College as a full-time intern with the Genomics and Advanced Technology Laboratory at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. This position allowed me to conduct research projects, extract DNA samples, observe genetic analysts and clinical laboratory technologists as well as submit an abstract on my human papillomavirus (HPV) research presented at the Association for Molecular Pathology conference in September of 2015.

This year, I was given the wonderful opportunity to return to this position at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. I am completing one of my research projects, helping to validate new equipment, and completing other maintenance tasks around the laboratory. As a chemist, this is giving me experience in a clinical laboratory and allowing me to develop skills I would need for the forensic chemistry position I am ultimately striving for. I am developing skills pipetting, running various polymerase chain reactions, and working with other equipment that would be commonly found in many scientific laboratories.

At the same time, I was also given the opportunity to be an intern with the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office in Concord, NH. Two days a week I am at the office either observing autopsies of unexpected deaths, compiling data files for studies and articles, or completing maintenance tasks around the office. This is allowing me to develop skills with organization and time management and I am also learning how to read toxicology reports, police files, as well as seeing how samples are collected and what happens to them afterwards. 

If you are interested in highlighting your summer internship experience, please contact Julie Fielding at the Office of Career Services.