Paul Munn (senior, double-major in German Studies and Engineering) has been accepted to a competitive and prestigious Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany for summer 2016. After making it through a rigorous selection process that involved writing a c.v. and statement of purpose in German, Paul was chosen to complete a paid summer internship with a German engineering firm. (The placement is not yet finalized, but he has been contacted by two firms so far.) It is such a terrific opportunity for a student who has been so hardworking in two disciplines.
He will also be speaking about his experiences with German and Engineering at Founder’s Day, on our panel “Expand Your World: Combining Language Study with a Second Major” during Session I, 10:15-11:05, in Franz 026. We’d love to see you there!
It’s difficult to imagine how an internship in a research lab could be similar to an episode of Lost, but that’s the reality for junior Brian Carter, and it’s one of the reasons he enjoys his so much.
“I think it’s really gratifying to do research and ask questions, and finally come upon an answer,” Carter said of his internship. “But, of course, every answer comes with two more questions, so it’s kind of like Lost, where every episode you get an answer, but you also get two more questions.”
Carter, a biochemistry major, works in a lab at the Oregon Health Sciences University in the Hearing Research Center. The lab’s primary goal is to study ototoxicity, a condition in which one’s ears are damaged (affecting hearing, balance, or both) as a side effect of certain drugs, most of which are generally used as antibiotics.
“For me, that was a very personal field to try and get myself into because it’s something that’s affected me,” Carter said. “When I was just a couple months old, I had a basic bacterial infection and took antibiotics, and later we learned that I had hearing loss and I’ve worn hearing aids ever since. That’s the story with a lot of the other researchers there, too.”
Carter sought out this internship opportunity after being informed of the possibility by a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Foundation, from whom he had received a scholarship. He is now an active member of the lab, and works with people who have come from around the world to participate in the research, including from Japan, China, and Russia.
The internship has acted as a catalyst for Carter to consider a wider variety of paths for his future.
“It’s opened my eyes to my options in terms of what I can do with my education,” Carter said. “I was always set on being a doctor, so stepping myself out of my comfort zone and into opportunity has shown me that my foundation here (at UP) can allow me to do things I would have never even considered.”
Not only has it begun to steer him in a new direction, but his internship experience has also given Carter the confidence to continue progressing as a scholar in his field.
“For me, being a junior undergraduate student, it was very intimidating at first to work with PhDs and people from Harvard or China,” Carter said. “I’ve had to learn to know that my thoughts and my works are just as legitimate as theirs, and there have been times when they’ve been wrong and I’ve had to have the courage to say (so).”
Carter’s internship has acted as a learning experience that has contributed to his overall philosophy about biochemistry as a somewhat of a holistic field of study.
“Biochem has so much to do with learning about the body as a whole,” Carter said. “Every detail of our lives comes together to form a larger picture, and that’s just so amazing to me.”
Story by Clare Duffy
Oregon humanities is looking for people eager to traverse the valley, mountains, and deserts of Oregon’s thirty-six countries, bringing neighbors, friends, and strangers together to exchange words and ideas.
Since 2009, the Conversation project has worked with nearly 200 nonprofits across the state to offer more than 400 discussions on topics as varied as race, land-use policies, gender, censorship, and the future of rural communities.
What happens when people sit together and talk? the world becomes a more connected, more interesting, more vital place.
Be part of this movement to engage Oregonians with one another. Apply to be a Conversation Project leader today. Visit Oregonhumanities.org to read full Request for Proposals and apply online. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 14, 2014.
For questions, contact Director of programs Jennifer Allen at (503) 241-0543 or (800) 735-0543, ext. 118, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come connect with select employees currently recruiting for spring, summer or fall! Current employers include: Fred Meyer. Northwest Children’s Theater and School, I have a Dream Oregon, OHSU, Albertina Kerr Centers, and more! To be held on Wednesday, January 29th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the University of Portland in the Franz Hall main lobby.
Come to Career Services to prepare!
“How to work an internship fair”
Career Services, Orrico Hall lower level
Spring drop in hours for resume review