Bangor University Internship Scheme 2021: Daniel Lai Jie
I was recently part of the team conducting a systematic review on ‘Goldberg and Huxley Pathways to Care Model’. Having an avid interest for research, this internship experience has given me a glimpse into how the field works. I was responsible for conducting the scoping searches for PsycINFO, which contributed to the development of the search strategy (applied to other engines like Pubmed, CINAHL, Etc). This internship has inculcated valuable skills in search strategy development, using various databases, and a new appreciation for the systematic review process. I firmly believe that this role has better equipped me with an eclectic array of skills required for my postgraduate course at King’s College.
It was a joy working with the team. Peter, Anne, and Sadia were very approachable throughout. They were attentive and clarified my many questions during meetings. Sadia’s introduction on the systematic review process, and constant effort in aiding our learning (referring the interns to librarians for advice on search engine procedure) is something that has aided me in gaining a better understanding to the overarching procedure of the review. This hardworking yet understanding team has offered a very cohesive environment to enable everyone to thrive.
Though work was prioritised, it was the pockets of informal happenings I will remember most. Peter’s gardening tips before meetings, Anne’s calm demeanour while her internet was being mean to her, and Sadia’s motivational quotes to start off learning sessions. I greatly cherish the effort and warmth of this team has provided during my experience.
Working with my fellow intern Alicja was amazing. Alicja is very meticulous with her tasks. Bouncing ideas off each other during our scoping searches made the process more stimulating. It provided different perspectives to similar issues, which generates a more well-rounded and elaborate method of solving problems we faced. She really eased the process of performing the scoping searches.
Alicja has also been a form of support. It is not uncommon for her to check up on my progress or strike up casual conversation. Having someone to empathise with the issues faced in conducting searches is comforting. To my knowledge, this is the first time two interns were taken on to help the team and I am happy that was the case. I am grateful to have worked with her as well as the rest of the team. I’m looking forward to work with this team for the remainder of the review.
As I embark on my new phase of education, I am more proficient and confident in what goes into conducting systematic reviews. This internship has provided ample first-hand experience in research, and it spurs me even more to continue my pursuit into the field. It has also forged memories I will cherish. I am grateful and blessed to be part of such an opportunity.
Daniel Lai Jie, UG, School of Psychology,