Career

Yale University – Mukund Poddar, BB1

Yash Seth

Selection Process

I was targeting top universities (mostly in the US) early on. I started emailing professors around the first week of September. I tried to send around 10 to 15 emails per day and given that I finally got accepted at the end of March, I had done some hefty amount of emailing! I had two ongoing biotechnology projects on my resume along with one on product development and some 1st-year projects. The projects I was pursuing had no direct correlation with the work my professor had undertaken. In my experience, professors are typically concerned with your scholastics and research interests when they select. My selection was tied to the fact that I was able to understand his research papers in a short span of time and provide some quick-witted replies in my interview.

Luck! I cannot stress how much this matters when you’re applying for an internship. Although the hard work put into projects is a big factor, you’ll definitely need to have a targeted mailing strategy. I was pretty dejected while receiving negative responses from professors and scholarship programs and by mid-January, had almost given up all hope of getting an internship at the ivies, but it is important to not lose hope and keep trying.

The Internship :

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