INTERNSHIP: WEEK 2

19 06 2010

After getting used to the Lab and getting to know the people that we would work with, we were ready to start the real work and learn the things that they do there in week 2.

In the previous week, we had gotten a feel of what kind of analytical work the Lab carries out and so in the coming weeks, we shall get to learn these techniques and write a report after.

Week 2 started on Tuesday 15th June. It was initially slated to start on Monday 14th June but the Lab was carrying out sensitive analytical work so they couldn’t allow interns to be around.

Week 1 had 4 days of training and ended on Day 4. So Day 5 was the start of Week 2. Here is how events transpired on each day of week 2.

  • DAY 5 (Tuesday, 15th June)

We finally kicked off week 2 of internship. We did tests on acids and esters in alcohol. In the afternoon we did tests on determination of total hardness of water (measuring calcium carbonate concentration).

I now have to do lots of research about the theory behind the tests that we did. I also have to calculate the final values from the volumes that we got.

I will have to present all these in the report that i am going to write at the end of the training.

  • DAY 6 (Wednesday, 16th June)

We did 3 tests on Fish. They were determination of protein, moisture and fat concentration in Fish.

The protein test (Kjeldahl method) was quite long but interesting. I had never done it before. The fat test (using petroleum ether) didn’t involve many steps like the protein test but the extraction process takes a lot of time.

We also did bacterial analysis tests on water in the Water and Environment division.

We finally got to know the sections we would be working in, in the coming weeks. The training coordinator finally released the placements.

The placements are structured in such a way that, each group works for 1 week in each section. So it’s going to take us 6 weeks to work in all the 6 divisions of the lab.

My group has 3 interns (including me) and this is how we were placed;

  1. Week 3 (21st June – 25th June) – Toxicology
  2. Week 4 (28th June – 2nd July) – Ballistics & Questioned Documents
  3. Week 5 (5th July – 9th July) – Serology & DNA
  4. Week 6 (12th July – 16th July) – Pesticide Residue
  5. Week 7 (19th July – 23rd July) – Food & Drugs
  6. Week 8 (26th July – 30th July) – Water & Environment
  • DAY 7 (Thursday, 17th June)

    Refractometer

We determined Refractive index and Sugar content of 3 samples (2 samples of Honey and a Sugar solution). We used a refractometer to determine both.
We also finished the fat in fish test. First we had to recover the petroleum ether we used to extract the fat then the remaining oil was quantified.

  • DAY 8 (Friday, 18th June)

It’s was one of those annoying days where you wait for hours and no one shows up to train you. So we had return home without doing anything.

It rained all morning so that would explain why no instructor showed up. Going to go back on Monday 21st June for week 3.

Just like week 1, we  had a day where no training was done. But i am hoping week 3 will be better.

Since the placements are now out, we are going to be working the divisions we have been allocated to for one week then we shall move to the next until we are done in all Labs.

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INTERNSHIP: DAY 5
We finally kicked off week 2 of internship today. We did tests on acids and esters in alcohol. In the afternoon we did tests on determination of total hardness of water (measuring calcium carbonate concentration).

The most important thing now is that i have to do lots of research about the theory behind the tests that we did. I also have to calculate the final values from the volumes that we got.

I will have to present all these in the report that i am going to write at the end of the training.

Training continues tomorrow (Wednesday, 16th) for day 6.

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26 06 2010
INTERNSHIP: WEEK 3 « My College Days

[…] Week 3 started on Monday 21st June 2010. Unlike the previous weeks where we worked in any section depending on where the work was, we were this time supposed to work in a particular section that we were allocated to in the previous week. […]

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