University of Waikato student, Bianca Craill, was awarded an internship at the Ministry of Health on the basis of her entry for the 2018 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards - Using Neurofeedback to Improve Mental Health and Academic Success
‘I gained a lot of valuable experience from my internship with the Ministry of Health this summer. My primary task was to locate the stability data for a selection of medicines and write a report on it for the New Zealand Defence Force. After completing this, I then assisted the Medsafe Evaluators with their New Medicine Applications and Changed Medicine Notifications. The Medsafe Product Regulation team gave me a lot of support and training. I felt very included with my own laptop and desk, like everyone else, and was welcomed to the Christmas parties and shared lunches.
When not doing those main tasks, I had opportunities to sit in on meetings and learn about the workings of Medsafe and the Ministry in general. I never before appreciated the vast amount of work that is done for New Zealanders in Public Service. I also got to speak with experts about career prospects that I am interested in. Specifically, about how Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology will become more and more common in the future, and how this could be regulated if used for a therapeutic purpose.
I am now more set than ever to become a part of researching and advancing BCI technology.
I’m also grateful for the opportunity to learn how to live independently in a new city. My evenings and weekends were completely free, allowing me to explore Wellington, perform in Christmas parades, learn stilt-walking and spontaneously buy a ticket to a circus festival.
The financial support covered all the living and accommodation costs, as well as leaving me with some extra to go towards my future studies.
I originally entered Eureka hoping for a scholarship. I’m glad I landed an internship instead because of these experiences.
Expectations definitely exceeded.’