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PIPS Student Profiles

Paige Panter (Durham)

Paige worked at the Sense about Science main office working on a variety of projects concerning the accurate reporting of science. Paige said of her experience: “The internship has definitely made me feel differently about my career. Science communication is definitely something I would think about going in to, but actually the work made me more excited about my own research and hassurprisingly spurred me on in that area.

Ifigeneia Giakoumaki (Liverpool)

Ifigeneia’s PIPS took place in Manchester with our long standing partners Qiagen. Ifigeneia really enjoyed the experience and the working environment. “The placement has been an amazing experience I wish would last longer. QIAGEN as a company truly deservesitsreputation but what I found as a pleasant surprise was their working environment and the general atmosphere ofthe people working there was outstanding.”

Steven Dodd (Liverpool)

Steven wanted to experience the working environment in a biotechnology start-up company. Astrimmune in Huddersfield provided this opportunity.

The experience has made Steven review his career options: “beforehand I had my heart set on academia and thought that industrial science was, in some ways‘selling out’, now I've realised the importance of industrial science and how it feeds into improving academia

Abby Peters (Liverpool)

Medical Imagery specialists, Optasia Medical Limited were host to Abby Peters’internship. Abby wanted to try working in an environment that was completely different from academic research, working as a Regulatory Planner and being involved in completing an application for registration with the Care and Quality Commission provided this opportunity.

Abby said of her experience: “I achieved so much personal development in the three months I worked for Optasia. I learnt many new skills and was able to fine tune what I was best at with the encouragement of a company

Kelly Newbrook (Liverpool)

Liverpool Student Kerry’s internship involved working with theVeterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD) division of Zoetis. The work involved picking up several useful research techniques but also experience of scientific research in a global animal health company.

“My internship exceeded my expectations with regard to my personal development,training achievements and networking opportunities”


We hope the following list of internship opportunities might be of interest for BBSRC DTP students.