The Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus Laboratory is the primary EEHV diagnostic lab for the U.S. The intern for the winter 2022 session will learn to monitor elephants for EEHV. The intern will learn how to optimize DNA preparations and qPCR assays on multiple sample types for EEHV and record the results. They will also learn about laboratory management and record keeping, how to troubleshoot experiments, and how to write a brief report detailing their activities. The intern will read scientific articles relating to the project and have the opportunity to attend virtual and in-person lectures and seminars at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. There is a possibility of learning about veterinary anatomic pathology, epidemiology and clinical pathology.
The intern will learn to:
- Perform qPCR on samples
- Record results in a lab notebook and on appropriate spreadsheets, and prepare summaries of the results
- Update the EEHV website and write reports from the lab
- Complete a required brief report at the conclusion of their tenure
- Perform other associated duties as assigned
The intern must be a college junior (or above) currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a life science or related field, a recent college graduate, or a veterinary or graduate student with some research background. The intern should have a sincere interest in life science research and plans for continued education or a career in life science or veterinary medicine. The incumbent must be able to dedicate 8-16 hours per week to this program. Hours and days are somewhat flexible. Attention to detail and manual dexterity to handle small tools, such as pipettors and reaction tubes, and to manipulate small or fragile specimens are required.
The intern must have strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment with staff, other interns and a variety of volunteers. The intern should easily take directions, work well with others and have the ability to be independent. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have experience in a laboratory with a solid background in molecular biology. The selected intern must be fingerprinted, have a negative TB test, be vaccinated for tetanus and SARS CoV-2, and pass a background check. The Smithosnian and the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are committed to a safe workplace and will require completion of lab safety, COVID-19 safety, and face covering online courses. A recent negative COVID-19 test is required.
Interns will be at the Zoo for 8-16 hours per week (schedule will be worked out with the chosen candidate). This is a 12-week internship beginning in winter 2022, exact dates to be determined. An extension may be possible.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name, cell phone, email address
- Professional resume or CV
- One-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant laboratory experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations.
- Transcripts from your current and/or previous institutions. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
- Two names of reference (one must be from a current or former supervisor) and contact information (phone/email)
- Schedule of availability