Externship Program

USDA-funded Beef Safety STEC CAP Project STEC-STEP Externship Program

High school and college students are invited to apply for STEC Student Training
and Education (STEC-STEP) externships through the USDA STEC Coordinated Agricultural Products (CAP) grant. This USDA-National Institute for Food and Agriculture sponsored grant is focused on understanding and controlling STEC bacteria throughout the entire beef system, leading to improvements in beef safety and public health. Externs can shadow (typically a half to one day in length) project collaborators and/or their staff personnel conducting laboratory research or with the education and outreach specialists to gain a better understanding of STEC’s, how they affect the food system, and how research findings are disseminated to producers, processors, consumers and students.

STEC-STEP externships are non-paid opportunities for you to briefly visit our collaborators’ laboratories (12 institutions and 50 collaborators involved), discuss research activities and opportunities, ask questions regarding beef/food safety or how research is conducted, and make professional contacts. These externships can occur at any time of the year and require only short advance notice to arrange at the STEC CAP institution of your choice.  We look forward to hosting you at one of our participating STEC CAP laboratories.