How do you find and select the brightest?
PML Summer Internship 2020 programme is highly competitive, and admission was given to the brightest students with the highest potential. The ad for the programme which was meant to attract the attention of all science geeks, was disseminated amongst the top public and private schools of the province and through digital media for a national audience. Interviews were conducted after thoroughly studying each application. Upon acceptance into the programme either or both parents were invited to visit the Lab and meet the PI, which was something unique to internships offered nationwide. This helped us see commitment and also served as a chance to answer all the questions that came into their mind.
The application form included not only details about prior experience and academic achievements but also required students to submit a 500 word personal statement which included insight into why they wanted to spend time at PML and what exactly they were looking to gain from PML by the end of the internship. It also included some information on where they wanted to be in life. They were encouraged to put an effort into their applications and demonstrate that they had what it took to increase the odds of acceptance which was a deciding factor in the selection process.
We had an overwhelming response with some really stellar applicants and many excited parents. Four outstanding students from different levels and systems were selected after interviews. M. Dawood Khan (A-Level from Aitchison College, Lahore), Furqan Sethi (FSc 2nd Year from Cadet College Kohat), Haya Basit (AS Level from Bloomfield Hall School, Peshawar) and Muhammad Ibrar (O’ Level from Bloomfield Hall School, Peshawar).