Nidhi Menon, a Biomedical Engineering major from Hendersonville, Tennessee, worked for Fresenius in Knoxville as part of a co-op.
Menon worked in the Global Research and Development (GRD) Department. In this department, she assisted in writing protocols for upcoming studies and even conducted a few notebook studies. One big project that she took part in was an Environmental Extremes Study. This study required her and her coworkers to come up with a plan to present to upper management, write the protocol for it, and execute the study. The study itself would help the department see if a specific product of theirs could withstand extreme temperature excursions and still be safe for patients to use.
When describing the benefits of her co-op, Menon said, “The most valuable benefit I receive by accepting this internship is the experience of industry. Being able to work for an entire semester and network with so many people gives you so much opportunity for the future. By working with Fresenius, I know I want to go into the medical device industry. I now know how I will adjust my current degree plan to meet my career expectations. I also know that I have the connections from my coworkers to support me in my future career. Overall, accepting this internship has opened up many doors for me, for which I am extremely thankful.”