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 Fall 2014 interns
Meet the Summer 2014 interns

Meet the Spring 2014 interns


Funded Spring/Summer 2015 CAP Grant Internships

The following STEC CAP Internships are available for Spring/Summer 2015.  Students need to apply by September 15, 2014 to the internship of their choice. 

Funded Spring 2015 CAP Grant Internships

  1. Dr. Jason Ellis and Buddy McKendree- Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: STEC Food Safety Project-Based Curriculum Piloting and Tracking
    Internship Time Frame: January – May 2015

Funded Summer 2015 CAP Grant Internships

  1. Drs. Jeyam Subbiah and Bruce Dvorak – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1

    Project Title: Sustainability in the Beef Industry
    Internship Time Frame: October 2014 – August 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

  3. Dr. Ludek Zurek- Kansas State University
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: Role of house files in the ecology of STEC-8
    Internship Time Frame: June 1 – August 15, 2015

  4. Jill Hochstein – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: STEC CAP web content developer and social media intern
    Internship Time Frame: September 1, 2014 – May 2015

  5. 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: Fall 2014, Spring or Summer 2015

  6. Dr. Harshavardhan Thippareddi – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    Number of interns: 1
    Project Title: To be announced soon
    Internship Time Frame: To be announced soon

Internship Forms

Collaborator Form

Due: February 15th, 2015

Student Application Form
Due: March 15th, 2015

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