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Amanda DeChent '14



Major: Biology  
Minor: Psychology
Internship: PepsiCo - Intern Scientist/Contractor
Job Shadow: Advanced Plastic Surgery Center
Activities: Women's Field Hockey Team, Tri-Beta Honor     Society
Future Plans: Medical School

Why Intern?
I enjoy my biology classes but I wanted a practical experience geared towards my major. I have never had an internship before and I thought that it would provide me with a “real life” perspective. I was lucky because not only did I find an internship but I also found a job shadow experience in a plastic surgery office.  I also chose to minor in psychology because I thought it would help me to better understand my patients.


Finding the Internship
The Center for Career Development sent an email to the faculty in the biology department and the faculty forwarded it to the students. I got the internship and started as an Intern Scientist in the Microbiology Lab. Since then I have moved up to a part time position working in the same lab as a Contractor reporting to the Senior Scientist.  

Typical Day at Pepsi
A typical day at Pepsi involves performing stability tests on different classes of beverages. I upload the data findings and send the results to various departments within Pepsi. I also perform a great deal of lab maintenance, I clean the lab and I make sure that I have the right amount of supplies. I have gained so much science research experience here and what it makes it even better is that everyone is so friendly. The employees are a close knit group; everyone knows each other and goes out of their way to meet new people.


Shadowing the Surgeon
I had a contact at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center who got me in touch with a plastic surgeon. I met with the doctor and worked out a 2 day a week job shadow.

What I have learned at the Advanced Plastic Surgery Center
There are no typical days here, everyday is different and I am exposed to a variety of surgeries. Every person has a different type of surgery and because their bodies are so different they are very individualized. It has really helped with my anatomy classes!  It is not an everyday job- it is life changing and this experience has solidified my decision to become a doctor.