Kitty Exel, second year student One Health
"The One Health Master’s is teaching me how to become an interdisciplinary researcher and someone who can coordinate professionals from different fields. Most of the world’s problems are highly complex and can only be solved by experts from different areas working together to share their knowledge – and we need professionals who can connect and coordinate these experts. With this Master’s I can be that person who can connect people. I will also have many different options as to where: the One Health Master’s opens up many career opportunities whether it is working in academia, research institutes or the private sector.
I have just finished the first year of my Master’s, which included a nine month internship at the UMC Utrecht. Internships give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in different sectors and in either epidemiological research or lab work. This is a great chance to get a realistic idea of which direction is the most interesting for you in terms of your future career.
For my internship, I chose to experience working in a lab environment. In my project I focused on antibiotic resistance in the gut microbiota and the connection between this microbiota and the environment when it comes to the development of resistance. Because it was such a long internship, I got a real taste for what it is like to work in a lab environment and with experienced academics. I now know what kind of work I want to do once I finish my Master’s, although I may change my mind after my next internship, which will be focused on food safety."