Intern Profile: Julia Covell ’16
June 18, 2014
Julia Covell ’16
Major: Biochemistry and molecular biology
Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
Can you tell us what you’re doing this summer? What are your basic duties as an intern?
This summer I am interning as a research assistant in a lab at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). As an intern, I am helping with an experiment that uses a genetically modified mouse model. This involves working with the mice, running a polymerase chain reaction process to find the genotypes of the animals, and assisting graduate students with other procedures.
How has Lewis & Clark supported you in the process of finding, securing, and funding your internship?
I met my lab mentor at the Miller Summer Internship Award poster session last year, so by facilitating that event, Lewis & Clark has helped me forge professional connections. Lewis & Clark also made this internship possible by providing the Miller award, without which I could not have supported myself living in Portland over the summer.
How do you see this internship leading to a career in your chosen field and aiding in your overall career development?
This internship is providing me with valuable experience with a variety of lab techniques. At OHSU, I also have the opportunity to attend journal discussions and meet with and shadow individuals in the healthcare field. All of these opportunities allow me to make useful connections with professionals and help inform my decisions about my future career.
The purpose of the Miller Summer Internship Award is to underwrite or supplement expenses of students at Lewis & Clark College who are engaged in scientific research internships in the mathematical and natural sciences. This opportunity is made possible by a generous grant from the Miller Foundation.