PIPS student profile

Lydia Costello

Department of Biosciences Durham University Stockton Road Durham DH1 3LE

PIPS Internship Organisation Name

Procter and Gamble


Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

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

Prior to the internship, I didn't have any experience of working within a laboratory at an industrial company, I only had academic experience.  I was hoping to understand how scientific research differs between academic and industrial labs and gain experience of working within a global company.  P&G also have access to more tools such as high-throughput WaferGen transcriptomic analysis, which I was hoping to learn the process of.  I was also hoping to gain knowledge on different careers and professional development in industry.

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

I had a great experience at Procter and Gamble and I gained a valuable insight in to scientific research in industry.  I had the opportunity to communicate with many different scientists in different groups and learnt about many different techniques.  I also made many contacts and valuable connections during my placement. 

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

Whilst at Procter and Gamble, I was able to gain an insight in to many different aspects of developing new products.  I was working within the R&D Department that identify novel compounds for products, I was able to meet many scientists working in the Beauty Department and Global Biosciences that work with 3D model development and I also had a tour of the Product Development Department that test products such as hair products prior to being released on the market.

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 has definitely opened my eyes to the prospect of working in industry.  I found the skin research conducted at Procter and Gamble really interesting and there are so many resources available for analysis.  Understanding how 3D skin models are important to industry and how they are used was also extremely valuable to put my PhD research in to context.

Additional comments

Overall, it was a great experience and I cannot speak highly enough of my hosts during the visit who made me feel extremely welcome and valued and it also allowed me to gain an insight into different aspects of skin research at P&G.  I will now work towards completing the PIPs report.


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