Experiencing a DAAD-WISE Internship at Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Gänseliesel: My Click
I was among the fortunate few who were selected by DAAD-WISE program for a funded internship in Germany during three summer months of 2018 i.e. May to July. My German host institute was Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen. I was accepted for the internship with the Quantitative and Computational Biology group at the institute led by Dr. Johannes Soeding. My internship started on 6th May and ended on 2nd August, 2018.

I worked on a model for trans-eQTL detection from human genotype and expression data. The institute had a very vibrant research culture. My supervisor and post doctorates were very knowledgeable and yet helpful and friendly. I learned how it feels to work with a cosmopolitan atmosphere with people from all over the world. In terms of research experience it was an eye opener. I got to experience a whole research process of modeling,implementing,testing and validation that leads up to a research paper. Also, I learned many technical details related to my field which will surely help me in future. We created a bond among ourselves within the short time frame. The group even held a small farewell meeting for me and presented me with gifts and farewell card. My supervisor was impressed with my work and he generously wrote this internship completion certificate for me https://timkartar.github.io/soedinglab_letter.PDF. I am still in contact with my host group of the internship and hope to work with them again in future.

Gothee Allee: My Click
Goettingen has a very nice weather during summer. Moreover, the city itself is beautiful. The environment is clean and the population is varied since the city is built around the University. Thanks to one of my colleague from lab I got a very nice apartment for rental at the outskirts of the city which gave me equal convenience in reaching both the city center and the institute at the Nikolausberg hills. I enjoyed the bakery products, ice creams and other food items at the institute canteen and in the city very much. In general people at Goettingen maintain a very high quality of living. There are many museums and tourist spots in and around Goettingen. I visited many of them in my weekends and overall experience was great. I availed banking services from Deutsche Bank. They made it very easy to open student account which requires very little paperwork and other hassles. I heard other people having to register in town halls but it was not necessary in Goettingen, at least for Deutsche Bank, since I was living for 3 months only. The only thing I had slight problem to adjust with at first was the day-night cycle. In summer Germany has a hugely long day time and a 6-7 hour long night. In India we are not used to this and this breaks the sleep cycle. But, it’s nobodies fault and within a month or two everyone gets adjusted to this scenario.

In terms of transportation Goettingen is well connected to rest of Germany with very convenient and fast railway. There are two nearby airports. One is just in the next city Hannover and the 2nd nearest one is in Frankfurt. I availed the Frankfurt airport for my transportation. DAAD’s travel allowance nicely covered the costs. I also got the chance to visit the Frankfurt city which is a busier one than Goettingen and equally nice. Lastly, I want to thank DAAD for their financial support not only because of quantity but also because of their punctuality. I always got financial support for each month in time and hence faced no issues with money. The whole process was extremely smooth and the authorities were easily reachable for any doubt or help. It would have been nearly impossible for me to fund this internship if DAAD was not there to help. I shall be eternally grateful for this and will very much like to reconnect with DAAD in years to come.

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  1. How many pints of bear? How was the "greenery"?

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    1. Ahhh, Skipped the beer part, not my inclination :-p and you know more about "greenerie" than I do. lol

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    2. Nice nice. Good job here by you.

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    3. Thanks Man. Please keep sharing with people.

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  3. Do you know any other funding option for germany?

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    1. Hi, other options are university funded options, for some universities like TUM offer internships. Also, you could convince some prof to bear your funding, some people do.

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  4. Do you have any idea regarding the internships in Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. they have their own Summer Program with it's own funding but could I apply there via DAAD and which of the two is better. If you know anyone from the Neuro side or anything as such

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