Think all students are lazy? Think again, these high flying interns really made the most of their placements!
So here are some inventions and discoveries made by students on work experience…
1. Student discovers 22 asteroids
While on a summer placement at the University of Glamorgan’s Faulkes Telescope Project in 2011, 18 year old Hannah Blyth spotted 22 never before seen asteroids.
The student had been looking at the sky between Jupiter and Mars, using remote controlled telescopes in Australia and Hawaii, when she noticed the mystery space rocks.
One of the asteroids was named ‘Hannahblyth’ in honour of her discovery. Not bad for a sixth former!
2. Summer interns invent billion dollar Doritos dish
Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco Taco Bell interns claim to have invented the Doritos Locos Taco
Four former interns at the American fast food chain Taco Bell claim to have invented the Doritos Locos Taco in 1995 as part of a staff competition.
The dish, which is a taco where the outer shell is made of a giant Doritos tortilla chip, is one of the best selling items on the menu and has netted Taco Bell over $1 billion since its launch in 2012.
Sadly their contracts meant they never received a penny.
3. Bored high schooler creates revolutionary water filtration system
Meghan Shea, 18, was meant to be working with a microbiology professor on a summer placement at Texas Tech University in 2011.
Unfortunately he was too busy to work with Megan so she was sent off to amuse herself. Instead of sitting on Facebook she invented a seed based water filtration system which not only cleans water of 99% of E. coli bacteria but is incredibly cheap to make.
If the device is developed further it could really help countries where clean water is hard to access.
4. Library intern discovers Abraham Lincoln writings
Student David Spriegel from St Mary’s University in Minnesota made the discovery every historian dreams of when he uncovered two previously unknown documents written by Abraham Lincoln.
Spriegel had been sorting through a stack of papers at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield when he spotted the papers.
Before he was elected President of the United States, the young Lincoln was a lawyer in Illinois and these documents related to a land deal which he was overseeing.
5. Schoolboy invents Tesco ready meal
Matthew Lilley came up with his ready meal idea on day one!
Matthew Lilley, 15, really made the most of his two weeks’ work experience at the Tesco head office. Lilley was shadowing the product development team on food tastings when he came up with a new flavour combination.
His ‘Beef and Tomato Wedge Bake’ ready meal rolled out to selected stores in 2012.
The dish isn’t currently available, but Lilley can still be proud that he invented a new product before he’d even left school!
Read the full original article here.
6. Work experience student makes cystic fibrosis breakthrough
Jo Armstead astonished scientists with her discovery. As a Newcastle University medical student she made a breakthrough discovery in the treatment of cystic fibrosis during her summer work placement.
Jo Armstead, 21, used medical data from 30 countries and discovered that half of adults with the lung condition were also infected by the fungus aspergillus.
Her research will help doctors to diagnose and treat cystic fibrosis more quickly, which is good news.
We bet there are many more that didn’t make the news, but that made a BIG difference to their company’s fortunes.