PIPS student profile

Andria Pelava

Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences (ICaMB) Medical School Newcastle University Catherine Cookson Building Framlington Place Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 4HH

PIPS Internship Organisation Name 

Karaiskakio Foundation


Nicosia, Cyprus

When deciding on your internship, what did you want to experience and what did you hope to gain from that experience? 

I wanted to experience working in industry, since all my experience up until now was in academia. Therefore, I wanted to gain more experience on how science works in industry and especially in a foundation that is focused on cancers. I wanted to gain more knowledge in techniques I have not used until now and most importantly, I wanted to gain experience in working in industry.

Did you get the experience you were expecting and did you achieve the personal development you had hoped to make? 

Yes. I believe that this internship has benefited me in many ways. Firstly, I have learned a lot of experimental techniques that I have not used before, such as Flow Cytometry and Sanger Sequencing. Furthermore, I have experienced how things work in industry and especially in Cyprus that I have not worked in before. Finally, it was a chance for personal development both as a scientist and as a person.

Did you discover anything about yourself or make any achievements that you were not expecting? 

After the internship, I am more focused on science and on my PhD project, which I did not expect since I was away for so long. However, I believe that it gave me a chance to distance myself from my project, which turned out to be a good thing since it gave me more motivation to succeed.

Has the internship made you feel differently about potential career options and has it helped to put the skills from research into a broader context? 

Yes. I feel that I am now more aware on what jobs there are outside academia that I would be interested in for the future and I feel more confident in applying what I have learned during my academic training in another environment. I believe that I would not have been aware of many skills that I have developed if I had not done the internship since it gave me a chance to put everything in practice.

Additional comments

All about the internship, from searching and applying for it to going to another environment and working there, were extremely helpful for my future professional development. 

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