Over the summer I was lucky enough to have an internship through NSSC Pathways, working for the US Navy. This is something I’d really like to do once I graduate, so I was super excited to get the opportunity to try it out, and I’ve been invited back for next summer too! I rotated through all four of the technical divisions, completed some individual projects, and presented two larger group projects as well. The base CO and Deputy thought we did a great job and I was super proud of our little group of engineering interns. I loved feeling like I was apart of something so important, and it was amazing to get a glimpse of what my future might be like working for the DOD. The picture to the right (self-explanatory) is one of the only pictures I managed to get from all of the really cool test events that I was able to see.
This past summer I had an internship with Merck in Rahway NJ, working with one of their groups on late-stage drug product development. The group I was in works a lot with drug formulation (mixing the active ingredient with other components to form a final blend), pressing tablets (putting the final blend into a tablet press to make the pills themselves) and eventually commercializing the process (scaling up from the lab scale to plant level operations). My project was to move one of their products towards a more continuous manufacturing process, so I got to do a lot hands-on! I created small-scale blends of drug product and ran them at different tablet press settings and with different amounts of inactive ingredients to come up with a form that would work the best for the commercial scale. I got to design my own experiments, take data, and present recommendations to the team – as well as wear a full-body respirator 🙂 Safety first!