This month's Experience Company testimonial features Connor Eksi, a junior Biochemistry major. In this article, he describes his internship at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and how The Experience Company assisted him in his internship process.
CONNOR ESKI (AT 2437)
"This summer I was fortunate enough to be a Student Research Assistant at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. As a then-sophomore Biochemistry major looking to go into the medical field, I ran into continuous troubles finding an internship as I did not have the experience or advanced education needed to work in competitive labs. Because of The Experience Company (TEC) connections, I was able to come in contact with Dr. Zohreh Talebizadeh who had been in the same doctoral program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as Dr. Amy Brower. Dr. Brower facilitated the initial meeting and spoke on my behalf, ultimately resulting in me being able to join the research team for the summer.
This experience exposed me to the working environment of a hospital and provided me with an opportunity to apply information that I had learned in class to real-world problems. The lab itself was a genetics-based laboratory focused on the epigenetic and post-translational factors surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). More specifically, this summer we worked on a revolutionary project that aimed to compound genetics and outcomes studies, so that the parents of children with ASD can see more direct clinical treatments as a result of genetics research. Along with my research team, I was able to interact with many professionals in the hospital settings from residents to researchers in other fields making me heavily consider going into pediatrics when the time comes to make that decision.
As a result of TEC working on my behalf, I was able to solidify my love for the sciences and saw the purpose in why I do what I do. As medical school applications and the MCAT approach, I hope to leverage this connection with Dr. Talebizadeh and hopefully continue my research next summer. All thanks to Dr. Amy Brower for donating countless hours of her time to all of us pursuing the sciences, what you do for us is greatly appreciated. I would also like to shout out TEC undergraduate team who do the behind-the-scenes work to make sure that all of our brothers get set up in their respective fields.
The Experience Company has served me, and I cannot wait to be in a position where I can help connect an up-and-coming undergraduate with the resources necessary to succeed."