Oak Ridge National Lab

Internship Experience: Oak Ridge National Lab

(Heidelberg News) – When summer rolls around, Heidelberg University junior biochemistry major Kiera Malone will be interning at her “top choice” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

She will get the opportunity at a national laboratory to study how methylmercury interacts with proteins. The Department of Energy describes Kiera’s unique opportunity as being involved in “a highly competitive program that will allow (her) to do research with some of the most talented scientists in the world.”

Through the DOE, Kiera started the application process and listed Oak Ridge as her first choice. It wasn’t long after that she received a call wanting to know more about her and her experiences.

“We talked about some things I had listed in my application like the Diabetic Research Facility, though it’s no longer there, and how I’m a Type-1 diabetic,” she said. “I was even asked if I knew how to pour agar plates. It was cool to be able to say, ‘Yep! We’re learning to do that right now.’” Kiera was offered the opportunity to work at the lab as an intern in the summer of 2018.

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