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JCVI Launches New Internship Partnership with Smithsonian Science Education Center

Are you passionate about science education? If so, we have a unique hands-on opportunity for you to be a part of real teams of scientists and educators. This opportunity doesn’t require any previous lab experience, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the United States.

The internship will be split between the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). At JCVI you will participate in cutting-edge research. This will dovetail into curriculum enhancement previously developed at the SSEC, which aligns with the U.N.’s Global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

This is an excellent opportunity for both science majors who may be interested in pursuing a path in education, and for education majors looking to gain valuable experience in a professional laboratory.

Space-fill drawing of the outside of one Zika virus particle, and a cross-section through another as it interacts with a cell. Image courtesy David Goodsell.

What will do you?

At the JCVI, you will work on a part of a larger project geared towards the development of rapid tests for virus genes that suppress host antiviral defenses. The project, which will focus on the mosquito-borne Zika Virus Disease, will use synthetic biology techniques to help scientists identify virulent strains.

At the SSEC, you will work with curriculum developers and experts in the field of global science education to support the development and rollout of the SSEC’s curriculum module “Zika!,” which helps students understand mosquito-borne diseases through inquiry-based science education methods.

The outcomes of this internship will lead to not only a better understanding of current research being done in the field, but will also result in the development of effective ways to communicate scientific research to the public.

Apply on our website today!

The 2017 JCVI Summer Internship Program

JCVI’s long-running internship program just concluded its summer 2017 session with a well-attended poster symposium held in both its Rockville and La Jolla locations. Eighteen of our interns presented their research in a session open to all JCVI faculty and staff. Montgomery College professors and staff attended, as well to support our Genomic Scholar Program (GSP) Interns in Rockville.

2017 Rockville Interns

2017 Rockville Interns

This past session was one of our most competitive yet, with over 1700 unique candidates applying to the program. A total of 20 interns took part in the program, 10 at each campus. Of the entire intern cohort, eight were part of our Genomic Scholar Internship Program (GSP), which is a 15-month long internship focused on helping community college students transition successfully into a four-year university. This year, the GSP was excited to include a bioinformatics intern into the program for the first time. Four of our GSP interns successfully completed their internship and are continuing their undergraduate careers at various universities, including Georgetown University, University of Maryland and UC Davis. Our remaining GSP cohort will be staying on throughout the academic year as they continue their studies at local universities.

2017 La Jolla Interns

2017 La Jolla Interns

JCVI strives to prepare future scientists by exposing them to multiple facets of scientific research as well as the professional working environment. During our summer internship program, interns not only conduct their own research project and present their findings to the JCVI community, but also are involved in a variety of professional development activities. Our interns participate in a weekly journal club, which exposes them to current scientific literature. There they present and discuss a scientific journal article selected by JCVI mentors. JCVI also holds a weekly intern-only seminar series, where our cohort has the opportunity to learn more about JCVI research, talk with graduate students and learn about different career options in the field of science.

Hands-on informatics training with Rockville interns

Hands-on informatics training with Rockville interns

If you are interested in JCVI’s internship program, please check our website for additional information and updates about our upcoming 2018 summer session.