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Suma Dendi

2022 YCCI Summer Exposures Intern

Suma Dendi is a junior at Rocky Hill High School in Connecticut. Her strong passion for STEM reflects in her activities including science writing competitions, independent research on brain-computer interfaces, and her leadership position as the impact lead of her robotics team. She received the President's Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level for her work with Connecticut based youth non-profit organization Power of Peace, and has organized events including a carbon footprint challenge, community cleanup, and eco-careers webinar with an international team at the environmental non-profit Human Nature Projects Ontario. Currently, Suma hopes to pursue a career as a physician with research in neurotechnology, while continuing to be a positive force in her community.

About my YCCI Internship

My internship at YCCI was not only an amazing opportunity to learn from experts in fields like medicine, pharmaceuticals, and informatics, but an opportunity to become a part of a community that is constantly innovating and shaping healthcare and research as we know it. During my summer here, I learned the ins and outs of clinical research and gained valuable career insights from incredible individuals, while also having the honor of working with fellow interns and the YCCI team to contribute my unique perspectives and solutions to boost participation in pediatric Yale research studies through direct messaging on the MyChart patient portal. The doors that this experience has opened for me, not just in the real world, but in my own mind in terms of my new confidence about a career in medicine are vast and valuable, and I enjoyed every day of it.

For Students Considering YCCI

A YCCI internship is one of the best opportunities a student can get. If you're interested, don't be afraid to apply! You won't regret it.