Thailand: Caroline Hanson

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Caroline at Doi Inthanon in Northern Thailand.

Program: UW Microbiology International Internships, Summer

Caroline’s Majors: Pharmacology/Toxicology and Botany

Academic Life: This program was a full-time internship in various microbiology/immunology departments at universities in Thailand. I worked 40 hours a week in the Microbiology department of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Program participants work alongside Thai graduate students on an independent project. My internship gave me experience in cancer research and a better understanding of how potential drugs are screened. I am hoping to someday perform pharmaceutical research, and this internship gave me a better understanding of how cancer research is conducted.

Most Memorable Moments: Exploring an elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand.

Advice for Someone Considering the Program: Promise yourself you will do something new every weekend, such as discover a new part of the country or the city. Thailand is a land so rich in cultures and views, that three months is barely enough time to see it all.

Benefits of Study Abroad: I feel as though I am a lot more adaptable to change because of my experience. Travelling in a country on the other side of the world, where many do not speak my language, was a great way for me to get outside of my comfort zone.

New Perspectives: I am much more willing to explore new things even if I am not sure I will like it. Much of my study abroad experience was trying something new and making the most of the experience.

“This is a great international opportunity for STEM majors, and I can still graduate in 4 years.”