Intern-al Perspectives

23andMe’s internship program supplies a various array of individuals with precious expertise and room to develop personally and professionally. The 2021 class of interns was the primary to function remotely, which allowed interns to contribute their abilities and insights to the Gene Pool from each nook of the nation. 

Learn what a few of our interns shared about what they achieved, loved, and skilled throughout their ten weeks with 23andMe. 


Marcos Sandoval, IT Assist Desk Intern – IT

On this internship, I’ve discovered how one can use and provision numerous enterprise-level instruments to assist triage any and all IT-related points. I’ve additionally been managing consumer permissions and troubleshooting issues! One thing thrilling I’ve been engaged on helps put together our Sunnyvale IT stock for the transfer into a brand new location. Working at 23andMe has been an thrilling alternative to this point, and I’ve discovered a lot within the transient time I’ve spent right here.


Enyonam Odoom, Healthcare Operations Intern – Healthcare Operations Photo of Enyonam Odoom

I’ve actually loved assembly with all of the researchers on the firm throughout my time right here. Everybody, together with researchers outdoors of my direct workforce, opened their calendars to me. It’s been an amazing alternative to study what work is being completed right here, get profession recommendation and mentorship, and simply perceive what working at 23andMe full time is like. I actually appreciated that a part of the internship. I’ve additionally beloved studying extra about how we are able to use genetics to assist enhance well being, as that’s not one thing that was actually emphasised whereas I used to be in class.


Taylor Cavazos, Computational Biology Intern – Therapeutics

As a computational biology intern with 23andMe’s Therapeutics workforce, I’m engaged on an thrilling challenge that comes with ancestry to establish variants within the human genome that alter our gene expression. It has been wonderful to have the chance to conduct analysis at 23andMe that prioritizes the inclusion of numerous individuals and has the potential to drive the event of recent therapies. I not solely take pleasure in working with the unimaginable researchers at 23andMe, but additionally the general tradition and atmosphere that encourages creativity! 


Mark McAdam, Safe Amazon Net Companies Intern – Safety

If Terraform appears like a superpower in terms of provisioning sources in AWS, operating Terragrunt on prime of Terraform appears like managing a workforce of superheroes. It’s actually that highly effective. I’m on a workforce that’s constructing an utility stack that enables individuals to provision sources to make use of in AWS with out having to fret if they’re constructing it securely, the safeguards are in place. 

Daily I come to work, I get to rub shoulders with a workforce of sensible people as I attempt to match their talent and enthusiasm. I get to work on fixing issues which have real-world implications. 


Cailyn Schiltz, Inside Communications Intern – Communications

Working in Inside Comms has taught me simply how vital each side of an organization is. I deliberate a Buyer Panel for Nationwide Sisters’ Day, and attending to see the real-world impacts of 23andMe was so highly effective. Individuals discover households and might be taught life-changing info from their genetic studies, and none of that might be potential with out everybody on the firm doing their half. Inside Comms is the glue holding the entire operation collectively. 

This internship has challenged not solely my writing expertise, however my creativity and management expertise. I used to be chargeable for weekly newsletters, DEI initiatives, and redesigning the corporate intranet. What made it really particular was the tradition at 23andMe and the unimaginable workforce I started working with. I felt like my ideas have been valued and had an influence, and I used to be snug stepping outdoors of my consolation zone. Interning with 23andMe gave me expertise in a brand new discipline, a broader perspective on what it means to be a communicator, and the boldness to push myself to be taught.


Bhairavi Swaminathan, Statistical Genetics Intern – Analysis

My internship objective was to copy and take a look at a publicly out there fine-mapping software with publicly out there GWAS knowledge. I positively discovered so much each in elements of science and talent units – I bought to course of giant datasets and code in a brand new language. Working at 23andMe has been an incredible expertise: I discovered so much about completely different roles in several departments. Individuals are approachable, pleasant, and enthusiastic about what they do. I particularly loved working with my mentor, Karl, and the discussions with my colleague, Pierre. 


April Orozco, Environmental Well being & Security Specialist Intern – Office A photo of April Orozco

I’m most pleased with seeing the South San Francisco lab flourish even amidst a worldwide pandemic! With EH&S packages being extra completely developed as 23andMe’s Therapeutics division grows, I really feel like I really have been granted a one-of-a-kind alternative to establish, develop, and mature EH&S packages that may have an enduring impact. Additionally, everybody I’ve met within the workplace and nearly  have been remarkably open to filling in any gaps in my data. I’m so grateful for the chance to dive into the sector with an organization fueled by such an incredible mission.


Alix Henderson, Archives Intern – Workplace of the CEOA photo of Alix Henderson

Studying in regards to the 15 yr historical past of 23andMe by its inner archive has been a novel expertise inside itself. I’m most pleased with the enhancements I’ve made in organizing and formatting our archived paperwork for extra profitable search and retrieval by the 23andMe workforce. Advancing the accessibility of those paperwork promotes the effectivity and schooling of the corporate’s rising success. In partnership with the opposite Archives Intern, Christina Li, now we have developed a written account of the historical past of 23andMe for onboarding workforce members to doubtlessly make the most of sooner or later. 

Having the ability to specific the milestones that 23andMe has achieved by the years testifies to the tradition of the corporate itself and why I’ve loved working right here by the summer season. I’ve been challenged in creating my archival data and promoted to attach with a number of departments to proceed my progress as a pupil and younger skilled.


Ayanna Ajilore, Variety, Fairness, and Inclusion Intern- Individuals Workforce A photo of Ayanna Ajilore

This was my first time working full-time in DEI, so this summer season, I actually needed to be taught not nearly 23andMe but additionally if that is the kind of work I actually need to do every single day. Luckily, not solely did I affirm that I like this work, however I additionally discovered a spot that welcomes me to do it to my coronary heart’s content material.

My work includes having numerous fingers in numerous completely different pots, which gave me the prospect to see completely different sides of the job. I  spent the summer season actively engaged on initiatives to enhance our firm and our product which was actually refreshing. Some firms and other people draw back from confronting their points in DEI, however right here, I spend a lot time simply serving to individuals work out how one can get previous a hurdle on a present challenge or get began on a brand new one.

Whereas we nonetheless have a protracted option to go, I consider that 23andMe can be a firm to observe on this discipline and I hope that I’m able to proceed to contribute to its journey.

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