Over the summer, over 100 students participating in the Stanford Global Studies Internship Program traveled to 29 countries around the globe. Below, several students filmed vlogs about their experiences abroad.
During my summer internship in Paris, France, I learned and utilized molecular genetics tools, together with high-throughput in vivo microscopy and image analyses, to figure out chromatin motility. As the project was directly related to my major and interest, the internship experience became the cornerstone for my future research career. Furthermore, I got a chance to travel around the city Paris as well as Versailles, Nice, and several Normandy regions of France.
One of the best memories in Paris was when I watched the Bastille Day fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower and went to a parade at the Champs-Élysées. It was very entertaining and meaningful experience. The most significant thing I learned throughout the internship is an ability to be very precise and meticulous in conducting experiments, as well as in writing lab notes. Furthermore, meeting various people from different background made my eyes open toward the bigger world. Special thanks to Stanford Global Studies and France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for giving me this opportunity, which will remain one of my best experiences during my time at Stanford.
This video chronologically captures just a few moments during my first three weeks in Taichung. Through SGS, I have been interning in the Department of New Drug Development under Dr. Hank Juo at China Medical University. On weekdays, I have been researching the role of semaphorins in diabetes, eating my way through this city with my coworkers, and exploring night markets, museums, hidden alleys, and the like. On weekends, my fellow intern and new friends have joined me on trips to Sun Moon Lake, Xitou, and Taipei. The first few clips, from my first day in Taiwan, though taken just 21 days prior, feel like so long ago. As I continue to live and experience all that I can, I know that my time in these next and last few weeks will start to move faster and faster.
I'm working with Keru, an educational startup company that consults with local Chinese NGOs to address grassroots problems across China and Southeast Asia. On my first consulting trip, our team consisted of 15 Chinese high school and college students, three program mentors, and one program leader. We traveled to the village of TongJi, about two hours car ride outside of the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Over the course of a week, we developed and implemented a technology-based summer camp for the left behind children in the area. It was a really insightful experienced, and everyone on the team gained a new perspective.