Internship Information

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Internship Forms and Links

Collaborator Form
Due August 15, 2016

Internship Application
Due October 15, 2016
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.

STEC-CAP 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.

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. 

Available 2016 - 2017 CAP Grant Internships

Drs. Jianfa Bai and T.G. Nagaraja – Kansas State University
Number of interns:                 2
Project Title:         Development and validation of multiplexed PCR assays for the detection and differentiation of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli serogroups other than the major 7 STEC.
Internship Time Frame: Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Dr. Christine Bruhn – University of California, Davis
Number of interns:                 1
Project Title:         Evaluation of Irradiation Informational Sheet for the Meat Industry
Internship Time Frame: Winter 2017 – Spring 2017

Dr. Christine Bruhn – University of California, Davis
Number of interns:                 1
Project Title:         Evaluation of STEC food safety curriculum with high school students
Internship Time Frame: Winter 2017 – Spring 2017

Drs. Jeyam Subbiah and Bruce Dvorak – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Number of interns:                 1
Project Title:         Strategies to enhance sustainability of antimicrobial intervention technologies in the beef packing plant
Internship Time Frame:         Most of data collection work will begin in Fall 2016 and conclude in Summer 2017.  If necessary, data collection will continue until Nov 2017.

Dr. Renee Boyer – Virginia Tech
Number of interns:            1
Project Title:         Prevalence and Conditions of Mechanical Tenderization and Enhancement of Beef at Independent Meat Retailers in Virginia
Internship Time Frame:   January 2017 – May 2017

Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro – Kansas State University
Number of interns:               1  
Project Title:         Prevalence and concentration of STEC-7 serogroups in feces and hides of cull dairy cattle at commercial processing plants
Internship Time Frame:   January – April, 2017

Dr. Justin Kastner – Kansas State University
Number of interns:            1
Project Title:         Frontier research in the archives: Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in historical and economic context
Internship Time Frame:   January 10 – May 10, 2017

Drs. Jianfa Bai and T.G. Nagaraja – Kansas State University
Number of inters:               1
Project Title:         Prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) serogroups, other than the top 7 STEC (and O104), in cattle feces
Internship Time Frame:   Spring 2017 and/or Summer 2017

Dr. Sean Fox – Kansas State University
Number of interns:            2
Project Title:         Cross-country comparison of in-plant food safety practices in small- to medium-sized beef plants. 
Internship Time Frame:   January 20, 2017 – June 20, 2017

Drs. John Luchansky, Anna Porto-Fett – ARS, USDA and Dennis Burson – University of Nebraska
Number of interns:   1        
Project Title:         Determination of Cooking Failure Points and Validation of Standard Cooking Procedures for Beef Philly Steak Sandwich meat
Internship Time Frame:                     January 1, 2017 – July 30, 2017 (work in Spring 2017 will be conducted at the University of Nebraska, work in the Summer 2017 will be conducted at ARS USDA, Wyndmoor, PA)

Drs. T.G. Nagaraja and Jianfa Bai – Kansas State University
Number of interns:            1
Project Title:         Whole genome sequencing-based identification of major and putative virulence genes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O145 isolated from cattle feces and hides: a comparative genomics approach.
Internship Time Frame:   January 15 – May 15, 2016; June 1 – July 21, 2016

Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro – Kansas State University
Number of inters:               1
Project Title:         Prevalence and concentration of STEC-7 serogroups in feces and hides of cull dairy cattle at commercial processing plants
Internship Time Frame:   May – August/September, 2017

Dr. Justin Kastner – Kansas State University
Number of interns:            1
Project Title:         Frontier research in the archives: Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in historical and economic context
Internship Time Frame:   May 20 – August 10, 2017

Dr. Justin Kastner – Kansas State University
Number of interns:            1
Project Title:         Frontier research in the archives: Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in historical and economic context
Internship Time Frame:   August 20 – December 10, 2017

Dr. Jason Ellis and Buddy McKendree – Kansas State University
Number of interns:     1
Project Title:   STEC Food and Nutrition Science (FNS) curriculum Comic Book Series
Internship Time Frame:          Beginning Spring 2017; concluding Fall 2017