Internship Info

STEC-STEP Internship Program Description

The STEC CAP collaborators will submit a project description proposal to work with an intern. Proposals will be reviewed by the grant leadership team for approval. The collaborators with approved projects will then solicit and fill their intern positions using their established professional channels/contacts and/or reviewing intern applications. All student applicants must submit the application in order to be evaluated on a competitive basis. Each intern position will be supported by a $4,500 stipend that will be paid by check to the student. Stipend checks will be mailed to and delivered by the internship advisor to the student intern. This stipend will be used by the intern for cost of living and associated expenses during their respective program. Travel expenses to the internship location will be covered up to $1000 with submission of appropriate receipts. Questions regarding travel reimbursement should be submitted to Sarah Reasoner at

lab girlA $2500 stipend will be given to initiate the internship and the remaining midway through the internship after receipt of a progress report (submitted to from the intern and their advisor demonstrating adequate effort and progress towards stated goals. The internship advisor and interns are responsible for presenting the completed internship work as a poster at the annual meeting. Each intern's travel and poster printing expenses for the annual meeting will be covered up to $1,000. Meals are covered by a per diem allowance. All other signed receipts will be sent to Sarah Reasoner, Food Science Institute, Kansas State University, 210 Call Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. Questions about travel reimbursement should be sent to

The internship advisors will notify Sarah Reasoner at of their selected intern(s). Following acceptance, the proper paperwork will be emailed to the intern. Prompt completion of all paperwork is essential to ensure prompt stipend payment. Additionally, prior to the annual meeting the title(s) and presenters of posters are also reported to Sarah Reasoner. Guidelines for posters will be posted at the website. Those posters can be joint intern/collaborator presentations.
As a guide, all internships will consist of approximately 200  - 500 hours of work. The internship advisor working directly with the intern and considering the logistics of time, work, and funding will determine the scheduling of internship activities. Flexibility will be allowed as to the start and end dates of each internship. Internship duration can cross semesters. However, schedules must be communicated to Sarah Reasoner to facilitate timely stipend payments and intern tracking.

Meet the Summer 2014 interns
Meet the Spring 2014 interns


Funded Summer 2014 CAP Grant Internships

The following STEC CAP Internships are available for Summer/Fall 2014.  Students need to apply by March 15th to the internship of their choice. 

  1. Funded Summer 2014 CAP Grant Internships

    Drs. John Luchansky and Anna Porto-Fett – USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Number of interns: 1
    Project title: Evaluate the fate of Shiga toxin-producing cells of Escherichia coli during cooking of chemically-treated and enhanced steaks prepared from non-intact beef

    Internship Time Frame: May – August 2014

  2. Dr. Rodney Moxley – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1
    Project title: Optimization of Antibiotic Selection in Agar Media for Detection of STEC-8 in Different Matrices
    Internship Time Frame: May – August 2014

  3. Drs. Anna Porto-Fett and John Luchansky – USDA Agricultural Research Service
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Evaluate the lauric arginate (LAE) applied via Electrostatic Spray System (ESS) and/or Sprayed Lethality In Container (SLIC) for surface treatment of subprimals
    Internship Time Frame: May – August 2014

  4. Dr. K. Eric Wommack – University of Delaware
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Characterization and quantification of virulence factor genes within bacteriophages of the cattle microbiome
    Internship Time Frame: June 9 – August 22, 2014

Funded Summer or Fall 2014 CAP Grant Internship

  1. Drs. Jianfa Bai and T.G. Nagaraja – Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Real-time PCR confirmation of gene expressions during interaction of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 strain with bovine rectal epithelial cells
    Internship Time Frame: May – August 2014 or August – December 2014

  2. Drs. Steven W. Graves and Alina Deshpande – University of New Mexico

    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Extending MOL-PCR to SNP based detection of STEC
    Internship Time Frame: Project to begin any time after 3/15/2014 and will take about 3 – 6 months to complete

  3. Drs. T.G. Nagarja and Jianfa Bai – Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O104 in dairy cattle
    Project Time Frame: May – August 2014 or August 15 – December 15, 2014

Funded Fall 2014 CAP Grant Internships

  1. Drs. Natalia Cernicciaro and David Renter – Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Estimates of regional, feedlot and pen variability of STEC-7 fecal prevalence in peri-harvest live cattle
    Internship Time Frame: September – December 2014
Internship Forms

Collaborator Form

Due: August 15th, 2014

Student Application Form
Due: September15th, 2014

The students will be notified 30 days after the due date for entry into the program.