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 internship@stecbeefsafety.org.

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 internship@stecbeefsafety.org) 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 internship@stecbeefsafety.org.

The internship advisors will notify Sarah Reasoner at internship@stecbeefsafety.org 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.
 

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Internships

Funded Summer 2015 CAP Grant Internships

The following STEC CAP Internships are available for Summer 2015.  Students need to apply by March 15, 2015 to the internship of their choice. 

Funded Summer 2015 CAP Grant Internships

  1. Drs. John Luchansky and Ben Chapman - USDA, Agricultural Research Service and North Carolina State University
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Prevalence of STEC Recovered from Equipment used for Tenderizing Beef Products

    Internship Time Frame: June 1 – August 20, 2015

  2. Dr. K. Eric Wommack – University of Delaware
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: A deep diversity of survey of shiga-toxin encoding bacteriophages within pre-harvest cattle.
    Internship Time Frame: June - August 2015

Funded Summer - Fall 2015 CAP Grant Internships
  1. Dr. Rodney Moxley – University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Optimization of Tellurite and Novobiocin Concentrations in Differential Possé Medium for STEC-7 Detection

    Internship Time Frame: May to September, 2015 (approximately 10 weeks total time during these months)

Funded Fall 2015 CAP Grant Internships
  1. Dr. Renee Boyer – Virginia Tech
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Assessment of Consumer Behavior and Knowledge of Beef Safety through Observational Studies

    Internship Time Frame: August 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016

  2. Jill Hochstein – University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: STEC CAP Web Content Developer & Social Media Intern

    Internship Time Frame: August 2015 – December 2015

Funded Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 CAP Grant Internships
  1. Drs. John Luchansky and Anna Porto-Fett – USDA, Agricultural Research Service
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Viability of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) on specialty ethnic meats during extended shelf-life

    Internship Time Frame: September – December 2015 or January – May 2016
     
  2. Drs. Anna Porto-Fett and John Luchansky – USDA, Agricultural Research Service
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Determine the effect of ultrasonic sanitation on the viability of Shiga toxin-producing cells of Escherichia coli (STEC) on injector needles following chemical enhancement of beef

    Internship Time Frame: September – December 2015 or January – May 2016
     
  3. Drs. Jeyam Subbiah and Bruce Dvorak - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Water and energy use in beef packing plants

    Internship Time Frame: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

  4. Drs. Mike Sanderson and Natalia Cernicchiaro - Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 4

    Project Title: Quantification of hide to carcass microbial transfer in commercial beef processing plants

    Internship Time Frame: 2 interns from May to early -July 2015 (summer) and 2 interns from September-December 2015 (fall) 

Internship Forms

Collaborator Form

Due: February 15th, 2015

Student Application Form
Due: March 15th, 2015

Completed application packets need to be emailed to internship@stecbeefsafety.org.  The students will be notified 30 days after the due date for entry into the program.