Internship History

2004 JJ Vance Memorial Interns

Steve DeLong joined Duke Center for Human Genetics’s search for the genes that cause autism. Steve worked at the lab bench beside the research technicians and analysts. He performed the full range of lab technician tasks-doing PCR, running gels, and doing sequencing.

According to Steve, “The best part of being a JJ Vance Intern was the realism. I was able to work in a real lab, on real world problems, using real DNA from study participants. At this point, I’m not sure what my career will be, but I am certain that it will involve science. After completing this internship, I feel like I have a head start on whatever career goals I end up pursuing.”

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