Colin Yokanovich

Intern name: Colin Yokanovich

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biochemistry major and Communication minor 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Remote intern at Chemists Without Borders

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? Through the Jackson Fellows program I interned at Chemists Without Borders. I was looking for the opportunity to do a virtual internship with an international NGO and their mission, to engage the global chemistry community on humanitarian issues, was quite compelling.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? While at CWB, I primarily worked on developing digital media content. Some of my typical responsibilities included:

- Researching different subject matter for short videos and a podcast.
- Producing digital content for social media.
- Coordinating with and booking podcast guests.
- Recording and editing the podcast.
- Working on volunteer recruitment efforts.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The other volunteers and staff at Chemists Without Borders really helped me understand the full extent of the global chemistry network. The individuals I worked with all had diverse backgrounds that informed the work they were doing on different projects. While most of them had formal education in chemistry, many of them had worked in completely different capacities (academia, industry, medicine, etc.).

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? I learned a great deal during my internship and I am still processing all of the things I experienced. The biggest takeaway was that there is a clear need for media content that caters to people in the scientific community and that students with a background in science can work as creators too.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? No response. 

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Use all of our resources. Utilize professors, career services, and your growing network.