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. Dr. 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.
Nutrition Lab interns typically work both individually and as a team. There are always multiple projects being undertaken, and which ones an intern works on 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 summer include:
Interns will largely perform laboratory assays on biological samples (e.g. milk, insects, plants). Interns will be responsible for recording all data into a lab book, entering the data into spreadsheets, and preparing summaries of the results. The work week is Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm; however, the occasional weekend project may arise, in which case other days off will be taken in exchange. Interns are encouraged to take advantage of scheduled zoo activities, such as Pathology Rounds and Lectures/Seminars as part of their internship time.
Any 12 week time period from May – September, 2012. This internship is for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week and comes with a stipend of $400/week.
Interested candidates should email Mike Power the following documents (as either .pdf or .doc files)
Please include “Conservation Programs Fellow Application” in the subject line.
Note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Last Date to Apply: March 17, 2013