M2 Internship Update: Tasneem Bohra

1. How did you obtain your M2 thesis internship – was the process easy or difficult?

I had a discussion with a Professor and they had a project that satisfied our mutual interests. Before I got the internship, it was extremely nerve-racking, so my suggestion would be that everyone be on it from Day 1. It’s important to have a quasi-clear idea about what topic area one is interested in to know which offers to take up and/or eliminate if there are multiple offers that is.

2. What is the focus of your internship and what does day-to-day work look like?

My internship is mainly Epidemiology and Biostats based in terms of methods. In terms of subject, I’m working on child health in low-resource settings. Day to day is pretty hectic, but that depends on the size of one’s project and how comfortable one is with the task at hand. One sure can’t be laissez-faire though.

3. What do you think about your internship so far and how does it fit into your future plans?

I like my internship, it has been a great learning experience and in terms of future it has helped me narrow things down. (I was all over the place with what I wanted to do, even through mid-M2! )

My advice for both M1 and M2 internships would be to take it extremely seriously and not drop the ball on it at all. The earlier you can have a clear idea of what you want your thesis to be on, the better. Also, since most people would like to have an M2 internship in which they can continue as a paid position (at least for the rest of the calendar year, while they find their footing), it would be wise to fangle your M1 internship in a manner that you’ve done some groundwork for your thesis  in M1, because juggling what basically becomes two jobs in M2 can be super stressful.



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