The Nutrition Laboratory at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park focuses on three areas of basic and applied research: clinical nutrition, milk composition, and nutritional ecology. We are one of the few zoos in the world with a comprehensive on-site nutrition lab. Michael L. Power conducts and oversees research in all areas; but is especially interested in issues of nutrition related to the costs and consequences of female mammal reproduction.
Interns will be trained to become proficient in a number of laboratory analytical techniques. Interns will be trained how to collect, organize, and perform preliminary analysis of nutritional research data. Interns will attend three to four lectures on research topics in biology. Interns will read three to four journal articles relevant to the research studies in which they are involved. Interns are encouraged to take advantage of scheduled zoo activities, such as Pathology Rounds and NZP Lectures/Seminars as part of their internship time. Interns will prepare a final report on their activities, listing techniques learned, assays completed, brief summary of data produced, and on how this internship has influenced their thinking regarding their future career and educational goals.
Note: this is a late summer to fall internship; graduating seniors not immediately continuing on to post graduate education are encouraged to apply
Nutrition Lab interns typically perform tasks both individually and as a team. There are always multiple projects being undertaken, and which ones an intern assists with is determined by Dr. Power with regard for the intern’s interests and skill set. An intern will always work on more than one project. Projects range from basic science questions to practical application of lab work in assessing foods to be fed the zoo animals. The current projects planned for this fall include:
Interns will largely perform laboratory assays on biological samples (e.g. milk, insects, plant materials). Interns will be responsible for recording all data into a lab book, entering the data into spreadsheets, and preparing summaries of the results. The interns are expected to be present Monday to Friday, 8a.m to 4 p.m.
$400 per week
Rock Creek, Washington, D.C. Occasional travel to Front Royal, VA (Transportation to Front Royal can be provided).
The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C., area.
The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns. There is limited parking at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia.
Any 12-week time period from August to December 2014.
Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled.
To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html” S elect "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here" complete the information to create an account. You will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in.
Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit” and when your references have been received by the deadline as noted above). Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes: