A day in the life of a Research Intern

Manahil Rahmati

Manahil is a Research Intern at LOTE, a translation agency in Australia. Between her researching, recruiting, and reporting duties, she manages to squeeze in some work with the Community Engagement team.

How do you start your day?

Normally, I would wake up between 7 to 7:30. Then, I’d start my day by tidying up my room a little bit and keeping things more organized for the day. I’ll make myself a tea or coffee, check and reply to emails before catching up with Roger (Head of Research) to discuss priorities.

What does a typical day look like for you?

After checking in with Roger [Head of Research], a normal day might consist of researching topics relevant to live projects, recruiting research participants, checking research reports and liaising between recruiters, research participants and the rest of the research team. I also work with the Community Engagement team when opportunities come up – for example I’ll join the team on activations or pop-ups to speak to the community and get their feedback.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

Around 5:20 I’ll start to close off any open tasks and organize files on my computer, log my hours and write down a to-do list for the following day. I’ll then shut down my laptop, clear my desk and cook dinner with my mum.

What are some interesting events that you’ve attended recently?

Outside of community engagement activations, I love going to community events. In December I went to the Bhutanese Gala Dinner which was an event full of beauty and various colours at the Town Hall Broadmeadows, organised by the Help Himalayan Youth Foundation and the Bhutanese community in Australia. It was great to see many community leaders, politicians, and officials gather to not only celebrate but to recognise multiculturalism and diversity in Australia.

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