A Mentor’s View of NIDA’s Summer Internship Program

A Mentor’s View of NIDA’s Summer Internship Program


[MUSIC] [Dr. Perrine speaking] My name is Shane Perrine and I’m an assistant professor at Wayne State University. I am a PI at the National
Institute on Drug Abuse and I’ve opened up my laboratory to be a mentor to the
NIDA Summer Internship Program. I think the best thing about the program that I
saw was I had a student that’d come into the lab Jamaine Atkins was a summer
student he wasn’t necessarily skilled or trained but he was passionate about
substance abuse research he was really on top of things which was great right
and we were able to not only have a postdoc in the lab mentor him but he
actually we had some summer students they were high school students he
actually mentored them he was able to really connect with those Detroit-based
underrepresented students which was awesome so not only was I able to mentor
but we actually had mentoring going on within the laboratory which was really
cool. So the advice I would offer to the mentors would be apply for the program
on that application put a general interest of the lab I think that’s
something that I found very rewarding because the student was not only
interested in substance abuse but he was also interested post-traumatic stress
disorder and my lab is really interested in the intersection between PTSD and
substance use and then from the students perspective from the trainees
perspective I think really looking at those researchers go to their lab find
out a little bit more about that investigator go go to their lab webpage
and whatnot those were things I think that helped Jamaine decide that our lab
was the best fit for him. [MUSIC]

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