PIPS student profile

Natasha Curley

Institute of Genetic Medicine Newcastle University International Centre for Life Central Parkway Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 3BZ

PIPS Internship Organisation Name 

Bio-Imaging unit


Newcastle University

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

I hoped to gain more understanding of the microscopes and also to understand how a commercial unit can work within a University.

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

I developed the skills relating to microscope usage, however while I understood the basics I hoped to gain more of an understanding of how the unit works. 

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

I discovered that I like teaching techniques and enjoyed the role as you are able to be a part of a lot of peoples projects across a broad range of fields.

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?

It has shown me how skills learnt during my PhD can be used in other careers. It has not made me feel different about potential career options. 

Additional Comments

I decided to spilt my internship into two sections, this one being 5 weeks long.  I was hoping to use this internship to help me decide what sector I would like the next internship to be. 


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