Internships Summer 2020: Closing thoughts and final presentations recording

Last week was the end of the Outreachy May 2020 Internship Round, where we held a final presentations call for our interns, mentors and community. Due to the wide range of time zones, from New York to Singapore, no one time was optimal for everyone, so we extend our sincere gratitude that all the students were willing to attend the call!

We are thankful to a Wellcome Trust Diversity and Inclusion Grant for funding three of our interns, Outreachy for matching this by funding two interns, and our main Wellcome grant for making it possible to fund two more. This brings us up to a count of seven interns, the highest number that we’ve had the pleasure of working with yet at one time! This wouldn’t have been possible without help from our external mentors — Akshat Bhargava, Aman Dwivedi, Ankur Kumar, Asher Pasha and Nikhil Vats — whom will all be receiving a small prize as a token of our gratitude.

During the internship period, we had to say goodbye to our valued InterMine team member for 5 years, Yo Yehudi, who drove our internship scheme to its current state and has left to become the Technical Lead for Open Source at the Wellcome Trust. Thanks to the efforts of our mentors for their support of our interns, and to Rachel for running the final presentation call, we were able to provide a closing to the internship period we can all be proud of.

A recording of the final presentation call is available on our YouTube channel and embedded below.

Additional information on our interns

Many of our interns have been writing blog posts throughout their internship, which you may find an enjoyable read:

The GitHub accounts of all our interns are listed below, if you wish to check out their contributions:

In closing

It’s been a joy to work with so many talented people, and this includes all the contributions during the Outreachy contribution period prior to intern selection. Many valuable contributions to InterMine projects were made during this period, and we regret we weren’t able to offer everyone an internship.

We hope the next year of internships will be as successful as this one, and look forward to coming up with more exciting internship projects, as well as working with more fantastic interns and mentors. Until then, let’s enjoy the fruits of this labour!

Community outreach call coming up – 6 June, all welcome!

Update: If you missed the call, the recording is available on YouTube

InterMine runs quarterly Community Outreach calls, targeted to interest people in the overlap between life sciences, open source, and open science, with a few InterMine specific updates sprinkled in as well. Most times we host one or two guest speakers who work in scientific outreach or have done an interesting InterMine-related project we’d like to spotlight. We aim to welcome anyone interested in community outreach and generally try to avoid overly techie themes.

The next outreach call coming up on June 6th, 5PM UK time, with two exciting guest speakers, plus we’ll briefly mention the six Google Summer of Code students working with us over the next few months. 

Please help to spread the word by sharing with colleagues and friends – the more the merrier!


  • Malvika Sharan is a computational biologist and a community outreach coordinator for EMBL Bio-IT, which fosters a community of bioinformaticians. She will be talking about inconclusiveness in Open Science Communities using examples from her work at EMBL and her involvement in The Carpentries, SSI, and Mozilla.
  • Emmy Tsang: I’m the new Innovation Community Manager at eLife and am now running the eLife Innovation Initiative. I’m going to talk about the #eLifeSprint– our effort to drive and support collaborations in developing open-source software for open science, and the latest developments of Reproducible Document Stack project, which include a roadmap towards sharing reproducible research.

Agenda and joining details: – we’ll be using Zoom for this call, rather than GotoMeeting.

When: 6 June, 2019 at 17:00 UK time / or in your timezone: