PIPS student profile

Anna Barwinska-Sendra

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 

Institute of Biology and Technology, CEA


Scaly, Paris, France

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

I wanted to get an experience of work in a non-academic organisation and develop some new skills in biophysics. 

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

Yes, I did. Overall, the placement gave me an opportunity to work amongst world class scientists. I was exposed to a multicultural working environment different to the UK university one. I feel that I improved my communication and managerial skills.

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

I found myself dealing better with the stress of living and working in a foreign country and not speaking the language. I managed to learn some French while living in Paris. 

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?

The internship allowed me to learn about career options different from the academic one but still staying in a close relationship which may be what I will try to accomplish in the future.

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