Our Summer 2021 Intern Program included 70 talented interns from across the United States who have made valuable contributions to many aspects of our business, including R&D, manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Tech & Digital and Enabling Functions. This is Nakai, a student at Tuskegee University, working as a Cell-Based Assay Intern with the Veterinary Medical Research & Development team. Read more about her experience below.
What is your role at Zoetis?
I am a Cell-Based Assay Intern working with the Veterinary Medical R&D team at Zoetis. I take part in culturing cell lines and detecting differentiation. Another project I have contributed to is a label free method for detection of intracellular chances using Bio-Layer Interferometry (BLI). During my internship, I’ve have opportunities to learn new techniques like culturing and maintaining cells, and also growing them on the end of a sensor tip.
What has been your favorite part about your internship?
A great part about Zoetis is how open colleagues are. I appreciate the mentorship throughout my journey and the career advice for the future. I was able to network and make connections with veterinarians, which has been my favorite part.
What do you like to do on your free time?
In my free time, I try to volunteer at clinics when I can. Also, one of my hobbies is dancing, which I have done since a young age. I also enjoy reading and watching movies.
What is a fun fact about you?
I am born and raised in Alabama. I am a senior at Tuskegee University studying animal science, and through an accelerated program, I have been admitted early into Veterinary School.
How would you describe Zoetis’ culture?
Zoetis is a progressive company that is always looking to grow. You can tell everyone has a place here to improve themselves. I loved that people were okay with mistakes. I learned not to be afraid to make mistakes and it gave me the opportunity to do more.