There’s no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at Genomics Medicine Ireland

Find out why every day is different at Genomics Medicine Ireland, from an intern who is studying stratified medicine.

Are you still at college and eager to get some pointers on what working in life sciences is really like? Well, we asked someone who is just starting her career path in this area.

Dana Flack is an intern at Genomics Medicine Ireland and her mission is to continue working in the health research company once she has graduated.

What are you studying in college?
I am studying for a BSc (Hons) in stratified medicine, also known as precision medicine, at Ulster University.

What drew you to Genomics Medicine Ireland when you were seeking an internship?
I had heard about Genomics Medicine Ireland from my lecturers at college. I feel that for someone who has chosen to pursue a career in the life and health sciences industry, the ultimate goal is to be able to advance human health and to help provide better treatments for patients – so to find a company in Ireland that is at the forefront of this research, I knew that this was the company I wanted to work for.

What expectations did you have before you began your internship?
I honestly had no idea what to expect. I have never had a nine-to-five office job before.

I knew it would be very different to what I’m used to and that it would be a challenging year for me, but everyone here made me feel so welcome and like part of the team straight away.

What duties and responsibilities were you given initially?
Initially, I was working with the bioinformatics team, helping to troubleshoot and debug scripts, rewrite scripts into different languages, and package various programmes and scripts.

I also assisted in coordinating team meetings and events, and in documenting various projects.

Read Dana’s full interview here: