As mentioned in my previous blog posts, the work that I am doing this summer is very different from my experiences working in a research laboratory. Although my project is still research based, it is very interesting to see the results of the work I am doing applied in a manner with applications that are not biologically based.
However, I think that the biggest difference between the work I am doing now versus work I have done in the past lies in the increased dependence on other entities for assistance. Whereas my lab work was all relatively independent, working at the United Nations has been a very collaborative experience. This is an aspect I have really enjoyed as I have had the chance to work closely with other UN entities such as UNEP and UNICEF and see how these various entities work and structurally function.
I really appreciate this internship for opening my eyes to a different field of work. As I will be graduating in a semester, I have been trying to figure out a path for my future and whether I would like to engage in research or more organizational work as a future career. While I do not think that I have found a definitive answer yet, my worldview has definitely been broadened and given me much to consider.