Biology student share experiences from internships in the Arctic
Biology student share experiences from internships in the Arctic

Starting internship at the local school


My name is Dagny, and I am a 22-year-old from Bergen, Norway. Currently I am studying for a bachelor in Molecular biology at the University of Bergen, and this semester I am doing an internship at Longyearbyen School as a part of the courses I am taking in Artic Biology at UNIS. This semester I am going to gain practical work-experience by helping out at the local school here in Longyearbyen, and I think this experience can give me an insight into an everyday work-situation where I can apply my previous knowledge in the field of Biology.

In addition to studying Molecular biology, I have some supplemental experience I hopefully can apply to my work at Longyearbyen School. Among other things, I have had experience working as a “Biorakel” for Centre of Excellence in Biology Education (bioCEED), where our work involves guidance of peers at weekly study groups, at the University of Bergen. I also have experience working with younger children/youth through five years of teaching gymnastics and dance to children in the age group 4-13 years old, which has given me knowledge about communication with and coaching of children and youth.

It gives me great pleasure to communicate and convey knowledge, and I am hoping that during this internship I will be able to help others learn as well as gain knowledge myself from the employees and students at Longyearbyen school. I hope I can get an insight into how it is working as a teacher and hopefully have interdisciplinary interactions that can broaden my knowledge. There is only this much you can learn from books, and sometimes the best way to learn is by doing. This internship is a great opportunity to get a hands on experience, where you get “pushed into it”, and where the learning curve will be steep. My main goals for this internship will be to acquire knowledge about teaching, how to cooperate well with a staff and interact with and help students in the best possible way applying my previous knowledge.

With this said, I am very excited to get started!


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