|Organization:||Institute for Advanced Learning and Research|
|Internship Title:||Microbiology and Endophyte Research|
|Brief Internship Description:||
The Intern will work with IALR scientists, exploring the use of beneficial bacteria to increase plant yields and stress tolerance, including various aspects of plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology and chemistry. Tasks may include: inoculating various plants with beneficial bacteria, monitoring plant growth daily by analyzing images captured of the plant, isolating and identifying beneficial bacteria, creating time lapse videos of individual plant growth characteristics, PCR, and creating a presentation of data recorded.
|Full Internship Description:||
The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Internship Program. IALR will host eight summer interns. The goal is to provide meaningful on-the-job training and real-world leadership development experiences in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and data analysis/research. Funding for the program is provided by the IALR Foundation. To be considered for the 2018 STEM Internship Program, candidates must be: a High School graduate with plans to attend college in Fall 2018; an undergraduate or graduate level college student; or a recent college graduate, within the last 12 months. IALR is offering eight potential projects. Six of the internships require 224 hours, representing an eight (8) week commitment and two are 112 hour assignments (schedule to be determined by mentor based on project timelines). While an IALR internship is NOT an employment situation, the professional expectations are the same. This is a paid experience; 8-week interns will receive a stipend of $2,750, paid in two equal installments ($1,375) after four weeks of demonstrated success. The 112 hour intern will receive $1,375 paid in two installments: $675 after successful completion of 56 hours and $700 after successful completion of the remaining hours. The anticipated weekly time commitment is 28 hours. The IALR Mentor will set the work schedule during the intern orientation. Project Descriptions: Microbiology and Endophyte Research (224 hours over 8 weeks) Mentor: Scott Lowman, Ph.D., Chief Scientist Feeding the world in 2050 requires major advances in plant productivity. The Intern will work with IALR scientists, exploring the use of beneficial bacteria to increase plant yields and stress tolerance. Lab work will include various aspects of plant biology, microbiology, molecular biology and chemistry. Tasks may include: inoculating various plants with beneficial bacteria, monitoring plant growth daily by analyzing images captured of the plant, isolating and identifying beneficial bacteria, creating time lapse videos of individual plant growth characteristics, PCR, and creating a presentation of data recorded. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Internship Application via online form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Internapp2018 Personal Statement Financial Need Statement, OPTIONAL Resume Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) of ALL college-level coursework (if applicable) Two references from individuals capable of evaluating your work/abilities and/or academic experience (share link to online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/internrec2018) The application must be submitted online along with the two reference recommendations. Please submit all other documents by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Your Name – Summer Internship” in the subject line. PERSONAL STATEMENT: As part of the process, each individual is asked to submit a short personal essay (200-300 words). The essay should discuss your academic and career plans, STEM/research interests (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics), motives for applying for the IALR Internship Program, and how you feel this experience will further your intellectual, educational, and career goals. FINANCIAL NEED STATEMENT (OPTIONAL): This is a short essay (200-300 words) that explains why you would benefit from receiving an internship. How are you currently financing your education? What difficulties have you faced when paying for your education? What other forms of financial assistance have you applied for and/or received? Are you having difficulty securing FT employment? (Please note that ALL applicants are welcome to complete this part.) STEM DISCIPLINES: Biological Sciences (molecular, cellular, and organismal biology, environmental science, health) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (fundamental computer science, computer and networking systems, security, programming/coding and artificial intelligence) Engineering (bioengineering, environmental systems, civil and mechanical systems, chemical and transport systems, electrical and communications systems, and design and manufacturing) Geosciences (geological, atmospheric and ocean sciences) Mathematical and Physical Sciences (mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and materials science; accounting) Education and Human Resources (science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at every level, pre-K to lifelong learning) INTERNSHIP TIMELINE: Deadline for completed application packet: March 26, 2018 at 4:00pm (EST) Candidate interviews (face to face or via Skype): April 2 – 6, 2018 Intern notification of selection: April 9, 2018 Mandatory orientation dates (ALL interns): June 4, 2018 OR June 11, 2018 INTERNS MUST COMPLETE THEIR TIME COMMITMENT BY AUGUST 10, 2018. EIGHT-WEEK INTERNS ARE ALLOWED ONE WEEK OFF DURING THE PROGRAM FOR UNPAID VACATION (total time frame extended to 9 weeks). EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE WEEK, THE 8-WEEK INTERNSHIP MUST BE SERVED IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS.
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Ave.
Danville, VA 24540 - 5193
|Hours per week:||28|