Jcvi Internship Essay Student

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

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

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

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

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) and the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) are partnering to offer a new and exciting internship opportunity open to undergraduate and graduate level students. This internship is ideal for students with an interest in science education, microbiology, infectious disease, and genomics. Students completing the internship will acquire real-world experience working with scientists in a professional laboratory, and will be able to apply that knowledge to further understand and contribute to international curricula that aligns with the U.N.’s Global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

At the JCVI, the intern will work with JCVI scientists and staff to acquire knowledge and laboratory-based skills related to strategies against pathogenic bacteria and/or mosquito-borne diseases. The intern will learn advanced diagnostic techniques and current research being done in the field.

At the SSEC, the intern will work with educators, researchers, staff, SSEC partners, and experts in the field of global science education to support the development and rollout of the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s international curriculum module called, “Zika!” which helps students understand mosquito-borne diseases through inquiry-based science education methods.

This position will split between JCVI’s Rockville, MD location and the SSEC in Washington D.C.

Smithsonian Science Education Center
901 D St., SW, Suite 704B
Washington DC, 20024

(near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station on the green/yellow and orange/blue/silver) 

The J. Craig Venter Institute Internship Program is small and highly selective. To be considered for this internship, applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. JCVI does not sponsor a work visa for students enrolled in an internship. If selected applicants must be able to produce valid documentation in full.

Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of application
  • Strong interest in science and/or education
  • Ability to travel to Rockville, MD and Washington DC during the week
  • Available for 8 – 12 weeks part-time (4 hours a day, up to 20hours/week)

This is an unpaid internship.

Students have the option to receive credit through their education institute. Students will be responsible for obtaining any appropriate school departmental approvals to determine specific academic assignments required. Neither JCVI or the SSEC will issue credit, but we will work with you to complete documentation from your school.

Interested candidates should apply through JCVI’s online portal. Do not send any application materials directly to the SSEC. Only complete applications will be considered.

JCVI’s application system only accepts ONE file. If your application materials are separate, the easiest way to submit all your application materials via our system is to scan your files together and submit them as ONE complete file (PDF or Word only). Files to be submitted with your application:

  • Your resume or CV
  • Cover letter
    • Your specific scientific interests
    • How your skills and coursework are relevant to the position
    • How this internship will prepare you to meet your professional goals
  • A writing sample
    • Does not need to be produced for this application (school essays are acceptable)
    • Can also provide a link to a blog and/or website

JCVI will review your application and select candidates to move forward. Candidates will then be contacted by SSEC staff for the next steps, which will include a phone interview by SSEC program staff and a Federal background investigation.

Once you have been selected for the internship, you will be required to enter an internship application in the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA). You will create an account at this site. After you have created an account, you can begin your application and select your program choice of interest (JCVI/SSEC Internship). You can view your application status in SOLAA at any time. Do not send any application materials directly to the SSEC.

Applications are expected to be open for the Spring 2018 internship by the end January. Please click the green button below to begin the application process.

J. Craig Venter Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, national origin or ancestry, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, presence of children, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic status, gender identity, mental or physical handicap, status as a covered veteran, status as a qualified disabled individual, except where sex is a bona fide occupational requirement, or where disability status is a bona fide occupational disqualification or any other legally protected status.

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