“I’m a Psychology major and I’m currently in my last semester.
During my internship I was a research assistant helping with the Social Relationships Study at SGDP (Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre) in the KCL Denmark Hill campus. The study looks at the gender differences in Autism Spectrum Disorder in adults.
My responsibilities included recruiting the participants, managing data entry, mail merges, and online questionnaires sent to the participants and their parents. I also conducted visits in the participants’ houses and administered a battery of tasks, including IQ, memory, and theory of mind tests. During the visits I also shadowed autism assessments. Back in the office I transcribed and scored the tasks and entered the data in SPSS.
Interacting with the participants has definitely been my favourite aspect of the placement. I really enjoyed getting to know the participants and learning more about ASD. The internship has also benefitted me as now I know what the job of a research assistant looks like and learned how to perform the tasks associated with this position. I also developed a greater sense of professionalism and I’m more confident about my future transition from the classroom into the workplace. In addition, the placement has shaped my future career choices as I am now considering pursuing a career in research.
Overall it was a very good experience and I would recommend every student at Richmond to do an internship if they have an opportunity to do so.”