Chemistry Student at KTH, Sweden
Idaho National Laboratory
Joakim had the possibility to complete a summer research internship in Idaho that is related to his studies back home in Sweden. During the summer, Joakim gained lots of valuable experience and got a chance to work as a co-author on a research paper. Read about the journey that took Joakim to Idaho National Chemistry laboratory.
How come you decided to do an internship in the U.S.?
I had been looking forward to be able to do this trip for 2 years already. I wanted a worthwhile summer activity that was related to my field of study and if I could do that in the U.S. all the better!
What were your expectations for the U.S. internship?
To get hands on experience in a national laboratory and make personal contacts in the industry I plan to work. To meet like minded people and make new friends.
What was different?
Security procedures were more severe than I imagined. My first two weeks were spent in training just to get the qualifications before I could actually do any work. Distances are greater than they appear on the map. Cities aren't really designed for you to walk anywhere and I lacked a car during most of my stay, which was a problem for simple stuff like grocery shopping.
What was better than you expected?
Luckily I found a great place to stay that's close to where I work, and everyone is really nice and offers to drive me if need to go someplace. I got to go on a weeklong trip with the research group to work on a particle accelerator and could contribute more than I expected and will be a co-author on a research paper I helped develop.
Why would you recommend doing an Internship in the U.S.?
It is such an opportunity to get a real life view of what it's like to live and work here. You push your comfort zone and grow with it. The J-1 visa is a unique way to get work experience from the U.S.
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