In a few days time I am packing my bags and heading down to London to complete a PhD internship. This post will discuss a few aspects of this.
My PhD is funded by a UK research council in a doctoral training partnership scheme (the EASTBIO BBSRC DTP). This scheme involves more training than regular PhD programs (something I am very grateful for). One aspect of this training is a 3 month PhD level internship.
For this I am leaving sunny Scotland and heading to London. The aim of my internship is to produce educational resources on antimicrobial resistance. This topic is really hot in the media and it'll be great to help bring correct (and up to date) facts to the public's attention.
I strongly believe that researchers should communicate their research on a regular basis and that the public should be informed on the latest advancements in science. This is particularly true when the research is research council funded (ie funded by the tax payer).
Additionally, this internship allows me to get a bit of distance from lab work and will hopefully give me more enthusiasm when I return. The prospect of having a regular 9-5 job for a while is also very tempting- hello real world!