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Raven Nakai Griffin
Raven Nakai Griffin Intern Spotlight

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.