Under the guidance of Professor Daeyoup Lee, Jenna Ahn spent her summer altering the DNA of bacteria to find viable ways to grow specific proteins
Jenna gained confidence in exploring a new culture on her own

Applying MIT classes to a MISTI internship

“I was excited to be able to apply the knowledge I gained from biology class to my internship,” shares Jenna Ahn, an MIT Biological Engineering sophomore. “It’s the first time I worked in a lab.” Under the guidance of Professor Daeyoup Lee, Jenna spent her summer interning at Chromatin Biology Lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST). There, Jenna and her coworkers altered the DNA of bacteria to find viable ways to grow specific proteins.

In my MISTI training sessions, we were told that our experiences in Korea would be what we made them – that pushed me to reach beyond my comfort zone and make the most of my summer.

Exploring a new culture - solo

While Jenna had visited Korea before, she valued the immersive experience of traveling and living on her own. “It was exciting to explore the culture alone,” she explains. “I gained confidence in my ability to connect with new people.” Encouraged by her MIT-Korea trainings, Jenna spent her hours outside work exploring and befriending her neighbors. “I ended up going home with more than just suitcases,” she says. “MIT-Korea sent me home with lab experience, the confidence to pursue future academic endeavors and the skills to make new professional connections.”   

  • Korea
  • Internship
  • BioE/ChemE