Frequently Asked Questions
Do all the interns have the same projects?
Although the interns do work closely together, they can have completely different projects based on their own interests. The projects depend on who in ISB wants to take on an intern. This year, we had interns working on Algae, Anaerobes, Aquaponics, Computational Biology, and Engineering. They were very diverse, which represents the culture of ISB as a whole. Different people with different intellectual backgrounds working on different projects to solve complex biological problems: that's what ISB is all about.
What will my schedule look like?
The usual workday is from about 9:00am-5:00pm but there can be adjustments made if needed. Sometimes people come in earlier and leave earlier, the only rule is to not work over 40 hours a week. That being said the most important thing about your schedule is to be responsible: first and foremost - let your mentor know if there is going to be a change, second - put it on the group calendar that will be shared with you, and make sure you have your keycard with you if you're coming in early or leaving late (you don't want to be locked out!). Just get your work done on time and to the fullest of your abilities and there will be no need to worry! After all, ISB does understand that there are other things that need to be taken care of sometimes!
Will I be working in the lab all of the time?
The time that you work in the lab depends on what projects you are assigned to. Allison, one of our interns this summer did not work in the lab because she was focusing on the computational aspects. Anne and Daaniya worked most of their time in the lab, except to enter data and to take care of business related items. Each of the interns will have a desk, so there's sure to be sometime that is not spent in the lab.
How long is lunch?
Very important question because all of us need time to eat! Lunch is anywhere from half an hour to one hour. As long as it doesn't conflict with any meetings, you are free to take up to one hour of lunch. Since ISB knows that you are responsible, they are happy to let you take a break whenever necessary. Some people also choose to eat while they are working, so it's whatever will let you work the best! There are plenty of good eateries around ISB: food trucks, restaurants, you name it! The lake is also only about a 5 minute walk so it's nice to go there during lunch as well for a good refresher.
Do you have to be a genius to understand what's going on at ISB?
NO, you don't need to have a PhD to understand everything. That's the whole point, to give you an opportunity to learn. The PhD scientists, in fact, are willing to explain to you, and questions are highly encouraged! Some of the talks though are very sophisticated and do require a PhD to fully grasp all of the science, but they will definitely try to explain it in a way that you can comprehend.
Will I have time to do other stuff besides work?
Of course! At ISB, we believe that leisure time is very important and enhances your life. There are socials held every month at ISB for all staff and the interns too. Sometimes you may get off early, and in that case, you can explore all that Seattle has to offer!