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Overview

This internship program is administered by BioKansas. Through our efforts, we provide a customizable experience for employers looking to recruit students interested in STEM careers.

In partnership with the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, this program offers students the opportunity to explore government careers.

 

Full time interns will be paid a monthly stipend at a rate of $2,500 – $3,060, depending upon educational level.

Part time interns will be paid a monthly stipend at a rate of $1,250 – $1,530, depending upon educational level.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Program benefits

Who is the program for?

Junior and Senior undergraduates and graduate students from populations underrepresented in STEM, including individuals from racial and ethnic groups (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders); individuals with disabilities; and women in STEM disciplines. 

Additional requirements:

  • Applicants must be students enrolled in associates, bachelors, masters, and PhD degree seeking programs from majors related to biology, chemistry, engineering, animal sciences, computer science, and cybersecurity.
    • These topical areas will vary year-to-year depending on the needs of NBAF.
  • Students in credential and certificate programs are not eligible.
  • All applicants must have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies.
  • Positions are open to US Citizens only.

Application Timeline

ExperienceApplication OpensApplication DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
Spring 2024Internship In Progress

January 22, 2024May 3, 2024
Summer 2024Final Selections in ProgressJune 10, 2024August 12, 2024
Fall 2024January 8, 2024March 15, 2024September 16, 2024December 13, 2024
Spring 2025July 15, 2024September 30, 2024January 13, 2024May 2, 2025
Summer 2025October 1, 2024December 31, 2024June 9, 2025August 8, 2025
Fall 2025January 13, 2025March 17, 2025September 1, 2025December 12, 2025

About NBAF: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas is the only large-animal, maximum-containment health laboratory in the U.S. with the mission to protect the U.S. against transboundary, emerging, and zoonotic diseases threatening our nation’s food supply, agricultural economy, and public health. This goal will be facilitated through research, vaccine development, diagnostic testing, and training researchers and veterinarians to respond to biothreats. When fully staffed and operational, NBAF expects to employ more than 400 individuals from various backgrounds and professions in a broad array of tightly coupled organizational units. Applicants should broadly be interested in biological and chemical sciences, engineering, animal sciences, computer and data science, and cyber security.

Internship Positions Available

Level of Studies: Undergrad preferred, but all will be considered.

 

Desired Experience: Animal care with an interest in livestock and rodents.

 

Beneficial Coursework: Animal science or basic science, biology, pre-veterinary, virology, infectious disease, microbiology

 

Interns will…

  • Work with animal resource unit staff to receive and care for animals
  • Learn animal handling and research techniques, including blood draws, swabbing techniques, sample handling, and safe sharps handling
  • Understand biocontainment concepts
  • Learn about careers available in research support, including laboratory animal caretakers and laboratory animal technicians
  • Work with veterinarians to receive exposure to the “behind the scenes” work that scientists rely on
  • Learn about regulations in place that ensure animals are provided excellent care

Level of Studies:  Undergraduate or higher

 

Desired Experience: Ability to solve algebraic problems, prior work with radioactive material preferred.

 

Beneficial Coursework: Nuclear science, biology, and/or microbiology

 

Interns will…

  • Help develop irradiator program using gamma dots and alanine blisters
  • Learn how to use alanine blister to validate and/or calibrate dose response curves
  • Help with validation autoclave validation projects

a. Education: Undergrad or higher
b. Experience: microbiology
c. Area of study: microbiology, biology
d. Skills that the student will learn: Learn how to use perform autoclave validation
3. Work that the student will perform at NBAF: Help with developing qPCR detection to help NBAF determine the efficacy of surface decontamination processes
a. Education: Masters or higher
b. Experience: microbiology, molecular biology, have experience with qPCR
c. Area of study: microbiology, biology, molecular biology
d. Skills that the student will learn: Learn to perform a viability PCR to verify if fomites on equipment or materials being trafficked through halls are properly decontaminated. 

Level of Studies:  Masters or higher

 

Desired Experience: Knowledge and practice of qPCR

 

Beneficial Coursework: Microbiology, biology, molecular biology

 

Interns will…

  • Help with developing qPCR detection to help NBAF determine the efficacy of surface decontamination processes
  • Learn to perform a viability PCR to verify if fomites on equipment or materials being trafficked through halls are properly decontaminated

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience: Lean Six Sigma knowledge/training, tracking measurable objectives/metrics using Microsoft Excel or similar software, Drafting summary reports

 

Beneficial Coursework: Chemistry, biology, engineering, or others that focus on quality

 

Interns will…

  • Assist with quality initiatives to include Continuous Improvement using Lean Six Sigma
  • Assist with Lean Six Sigma project management
  • Track improvement metrics
  • Report writing
  • Project management

Level of Studies: Undergraduate or higher

 

Desired Experience: Minimal experience conducting scientific surveys, using Direct Read Instruments, and formulating summary reports

 

Beneficial Coursework: Chemistry and biology

 

Interns will…

  • Assist with facility Chemical Hygiene program
  • Conduct industrial hygiene related surveys, including air velocity and air/water/mold sampling
  • Learn conclusion report writing
  • Obtain the opportunity to apprentice under multiple Certified Industrial Hygienists, a requirement for CIH examination
  • Receive high level experience in:
    • Interpretation of instrument readings
    • Similar Exposure Group management
    • Radiation safety program management

Level of Studies: Undergraduate or Masters

 

Desired Experience: The student must be a strong communicator (written and oral), highly detail oriented, and have a natural ability to multitask and stay organized. Additionally, the student ideally has experience:

  • Writing, editing, and proofreading content for various audiences
  • Creating engaging presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Designing basic graphics in Adobe Creative Cloud or other design programs
  • Posting content on social media platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, in order to educate others or market events
  • Locating and analyzing data on social media platforms to improve results
  • Planning and coordinating events.

 

Beneficial Coursework: Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Graphic Design, or a related field

 

Interns will…

  • Assist the NBAF Communications team with the following responsibilities
    • Writing and editing articles and other content for media distribution
    • Drafting responses to public inquiries
    • Drafting and editing content for internal communications efforts including newsletter, announcements and emails
    • Fulfilling basic graphic design, editing or video production requests as needed
    • Creating engaging content for social media platforms (Twitter & LinkedIn) and tracking and reporting analytics
    • Designing visually appealing slides for outreach presentations in Microsoft PowerPoin
    • Event planning for external and internal audiences
    • Monitoring and updating NBAF’s website and social media platforms

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience:

  • Customer Service, which may be obtained in any role which requires direct interface with customers
  • Analytical Skills, which may include academic work in which the intern/applicant used analytical thought to resolve complex problems
  • Written Communication, which may include successful completion of composition/research/writing course
  • Oral Communication, which may include public speaking or acting courses (secondary or undergraduate), critical thinking, or conflict resolution
  • Working knowledge of office automation products, databases and remote control, and a good understanding of computer systems, mobile devices, and other tech products
  • Working knowledge of WAN and LAN to address connectivity issues

 

Beneficial Coursework: Management Information Systems, Applied Business and Technology, Computer Systems Technology, Digital Media Technology, Computer Science or Integrated Computer Science

 

Interns will…

  • Perform Tier I troubleshooting and support roles to assist the team with deployment and management of computers and scientific instrumentation
  • Gain experience with operating systems, networking, hardware and network troubleshooting, software troubleshooting, virtualization and cloud computing, and security.
  • Support infrastructure server systems, including configuration of virtualization systems, maintenance of bulk data storage systems
  • Perform business continuity and disaster recovery tasks
  • Assist with troubleshooting client login issues to determine and resolve reported problems
  • Troubleshoot telephone and VoIP issues to resolve them
  • Track warranties and inventory
  • Respond to telephone calls, email, and personal requests for technical support
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose system errors and issues related to computer systems, software, and hardware
  • Document, track, and examine problems to ensure timely solutions
  • Write, edit, and revise how-to guides
  • Address technical problems with Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, and other systems to resolve network connectivity issues

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience:

  • Analytical Skills, which may include academic work in which used analytical thought to resolve complex problems
    • Prefer completed coursework in analytic geometry or calculus
  • Written Communication, which may include successful completion of composition/research/writing course
  • Oral Communication, which may include public speaking or acting courses (secondary or undergraduate), critical thinking, or conflict resolution
  • Computer programming, which may include successful completion of any programming or scripting language course
  • Cryptography, which may include successful completion of any coursework on the fundamentals of cryptography
  • Network traffic or computer event log analysis
  • Ethical hacking, malware analysis
  • Working knowledge of office automation products, databases and remote control
  • Good understanding of computer systems, mobile devices, and other tech products
  • Working knowledge of WAN and LAN to address connectivity issues

 

Beneficial Coursework: Cybersecurity, mathematics, data analytics, computer science

 

Interns will…

  • Student will perform network security monitoring tasks using commercial and open-source software tools
  • Student will gain experience with threat hunting, enterprise security monitoring, log management, operating systems, networking, virtualization and cloud computing, and advanced cybersecurity
  • Tasks, performed as a team, may include:
    • Monitor and respond to alerts
    • Develop and improve dashboards and other tools for efficient analysis
    • Deployment and monitoring of host-based intrusion detection systems
    • Monitoring of network intrusion detection systems
    • Static analysis of network packet capture
    • Track warranties and inventory
    • Identification and reporting of incidents based on threat hunting and alerting
    • Correlation and analysis of data gathered by multiple sources to identify indications of compromise

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience:

  • Computer programming, which must include successful completion coursework in data and program structures, logic, object-oriented design, and C or C++ language
  • Customer Service, which may be obtained in any role which requires direct interface with customers
  • Analytical Skills, which may include academic work in which the intern/applicant used analytical thought to resolve complex problems
    • Must include successful completion of coursework in analytic mathematics such as analytic geometry and calculus or differential equation
  • Written Communication, which may include successful completion of composition/research/writing course
  • Oral Communication, which may include public speaking or acting courses (secondary or undergraduate), critical thinking, or conflict resolution
  • Working knowledge of office automation products, databases and remote control, and a good understanding of computer systems, mobile devices, and other tech products

Beneficial Coursework: Mathematics, data analytics, computer science

Interns will…

  • Student will work with high performance computing systems and networks to support scientific analysis of large data sets
  • Tasks, performed as a team, may
    include:
    • configuration, maintenance, and support of clustered high-memory, high-performance computer, graphics processing, and bulk data systems.
  • Intern will gain experience working with super-computing equivalent systems, ultra-high speed scientific wide area networks, and scientific data analysis/informatics.

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience: Hands on practical experience is preferred, construction experience and or mechanical trade experience

 

Beneficial Coursework: Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or any other scientific degree program that includes mechanical systems

 

Interns will…

  • Assist the Central Utility Plant and Waste Processing teams with review, analysis, and integrated operation of existing mechanical systems. This will include shadowing of trades personal as they perform standard maintenance and repairs of equipment located within the groups and research of documentation related to or in support of repair/improvement projects
  • Gain exposure to an array of Engineering disciplines and facility operational trades with the Central Utility Plant and Waste Processing teams.
  • Learn how various systems integrate with one another
  • Learn to understand how to take into consideration various disciplines for projects and operations
  • Develop the ability to work with a variety of operations personnel on multiple utility systems and unique process equipment, including steam, chilled water, emergency power generation, effluent decontamination systems, thermal tissue autoclaves, incinerators, and the wastewater pre-treatment plant

Level of Studies: Undergraduate or Masters

 

Desired Experience: Hands-on practical experience

 

Beneficial Coursework: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, or any other scientific degree program requiring two semesters of physics and one or more semester of calculus

 

Interns will…

  • Assist in the analysis of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems.
  • Organize data, read blueprints, look up information in manufacturer manuals and datasheets
  • Shadow equipment mechanics, plumbers, welders, and electricians as they perform maintenance tasks such as changing out motors, bearings, and filters, as well as some wood and metal fabrication
  • Navigate complex building construction documents, drawings, and specifications
  • Gain knowledge of unique mechanical, HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems
  • Develop interpersonal skills working and collaborating with engineers, scientists, safety technicians, and tradespeople

Level of Studies: Undergraduate

 

Desired Experience: previous work or internship experience in construction and/or design, or core curriculum classes for Engineering/Construction Science disciplines

 

Beneficial Coursework: Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Architectural) or Construction Science

 

Interns will…

  • Assist Engineering Project Managers in development, execution, and management of requisition project packages, and resolution development for Service Requests for in house project executions
  • Become familiar with navigation of project documents to include but not limited to Standard Operating Procedures, plans, specifications, scopes of work, and estimations
  • Gain exposure to an array of Engineering disciplines and facility operational trades
  • Learn how various systems integrate with one another
  • Learn to understand how to take into consideration various disciplines for projects
  • Develop, execute, and manage projects utilizing a number of professional and personal skill sets

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