Summer Scholars Program

We are pleased to announce the Texas Biomed and the SNPRC will offer a Summer Scholars Program in 2022. Successful applicants for these paid internships will begin their experience at Texas Biomed/SNPRC starting on June 6 and ending on July 29, 2022. It is our goal to provide all interns with a rich learning culture that encourages ongoing development of skills and knowledge.

All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Texas Biomedical Research Institute is not able to sponsor work visas for our summer internship programs. If selected for a summer internship, applicants must be able to show proof of U.S citizenship or proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application submissions are closed for 2022

  • Internship Eligibility Requirements

    Summer internship applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited United States University and have completed their first year toward a bachelor’s degree or first year of a professional degree. Individuals who already have a degree and are not currently enrolled in a program are not eligible for the internship program.

    To align with Texas Biomed policy, all applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine, indicating status of vaccination on the application. Upon selection, interns must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, pass required background checks, medical screening, and a drug test prior as part of the on-boarding process prior to entering labs. Interns will be required to follow all Texas Biomed safety policies wearing appropriate PPE as required.

    Texas Biomed does not cover transportation expenses or lodging.  We have listed some long-term lodging options below, although there are others in San Antonio. All would require a car to get to Texas Biomed. Some of the accommodations are less expensive if you share a suite.  If you already have other arrangements, please provide us with the information as to where you will be housed during the internship period. Since San Antonio is a popular tourist destination, you will want to make your lodging reservations as soon as possible.

  • Application Requirements Include

    Application requirements include:

    • Indicate COVID-19 vaccination status
    • College transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
    • Resume or CV
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • An essay describing your motivation for seeking an intensive, hands-on research internship at Texas Biomed/SNPRC.

    Successful applicants for all internship programs must adhere to the following:

    • Complete an 8-week program of intensive research and/or career experience.
    • Internships will be based on hourly work.
    • If within a laboratory setting, the expectation is interns will develop and conduct an investigator-initiated research project, in consultation with the mentor.
    • Participate in other professional development activities at Texas Biomed (e.g., attend research seminars, group meetings, etc.)
    • Complete a research or career path specific project within the time-frame of the internship.
    • Present work/findings at the Texas Biomed Closing event.
  • Career Opportunity Overview
  • Program Dates

    All internship programs begin June 6, 2022 and conclude on July 29, 2022.

    Application submissions are closed for 2022

  • Internship Opportunities by Faculty and Departments

    Kathleen Brasky, DVM Interns will gain experience with non-human primate medicine as they provide research support. It is preferred for interns to have some prior experience with non-human primates. Interns will complete a case report or accomplish a short project during their time at Texas Biomed. Interns will be assigned a mentor as well as engage with all veterinary and technical staff members. It is expected interns will adopt a humble attitude and be open to learning from non-doctoral level colleagues. Good communication skills. Interns should be prepared to get dirty and smelly while maintaining a positive attitude.

    Ricardo Carrion, Jr., Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to an environment where the research is designed to advance the vaccine and therapy development specifically for hemorrhagic fever, an illness caused by viruses from distinct families, many of which have no cure, and for which no vaccines are available. The laboratory uses the maximum containment biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory to safely study those pathogens. A student in this role will require strong communication skills.

    Elizabeth Clemmons, DVM  The intern’s time will be focused on spending time with SNPRC veterinarians and veterinary technicians performing both clinical and research duties. The experience will be hands on and tailored to the intern’s current abilities and goals. The majority of the work will be with monkeys. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in laboratory animal medicine or research. Interns in this role should have good listening skills, the ability to perform somewhat physically demanding work, be self-motivated and given the right resources, be able to perform self-directed study/learning during down time, have flexibility to deal with unpredictable schedules, and the desire to learn about a variety of topics

    Shelley Cole, Ph.D. Interns will engage in genomic analyses of non-human primate data under the direct supervision of an experienced mentor. Experience with genomic analysis is not required for this internship; however, experience with bioinformatics and completion of computational courses is preferred. Upon completion of the internship, interns will increase their understanding of genetic diversity and its impact on the health of the non-human primate colony.

    The Texas Biomed Business Development and Strategic Alliance Team leads efforts to grow and expand contract research, innovation, and commercialization. Our team fosters relationships with industry and government partners, tracking proposals, research projects, and key performance indicators for the institute.  We help develop research marketing and establish lean process flow for the organization. Our focus is customer service,  ensuring the smooth onboarding of new projects and management of long-term relationships that support Texas Biomed’s global reputation.

    The Texas Biomed Communications Office is looking for an undergraduate intern to aid with digital storytelling. We seek a quality communicator who is curious about science and the threat of infectious disease. Experience in journalism, marketing, social media and video is a plus. Must have a resume with references and clips showing storytelling / writing / video skills. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc., is a plus. Intern will work with a fabulous, 5-person team of Texas Biomed communicators who have decades of experience in science writing, journalism, PR, marketing and digital engagement. Upon completion of the internship, the individual will have gained experience in interviewing, reporting, video production and editing, writing, digital journalism, and SEO skills. Internship can include between 10-20 hours weekly, on average. Both in-office and remote work.

    Laurie Condel The intern’s time will be focused on spending time with SNPRC veterinarians technicians performing both clinical duties. The experience will be hands on and tailored to the intern’s current abilities and goals. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in laboratory animal medicine or research. Interns in this role should have some animal care experience, good listening skills, the ability to perform somewhat physically demanding work, be self-motivated and given the right resources, be able to perform self-directed study/learning during down time, have flexibility to deal with unpredictable schedules, and the desire to learn about a variety of topics. Students will gain experience working with non-human primates.

    Edward Dick, DVM  Intern(s) will be fully involved in the pathology  service, conducting gross and microscopic pathologic evaluations of clinical and experimental cases in  nonhuman primates. The trainees will also have access to the clinical pathology laboratory, which conducts  hematology, blood chemistry, cytology, and fecal parasite exams. Trainees will be expected to prepare a manuscript for publication.

    Jack Dutton, DVM  Intern(s) will gain a greater awareness of laboratory animal medicine and primate medicine, ability to supervise and/or carry out a research project, awareness of ACLAM boards and how to prepare. The intern’s time will be focused on spending time with SNPRC veterinarians and veterinary technicians performing both clinical and research duties. The experience will be hands on and tailored to the intern’s current abilities and goals. The majority of the work will be with monkeys. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in laboratory animal medicine or research.

    Patrice Frost, DVM  Intern(s) will be provided an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge in the field of primate medicine. Based on the applicant’s individual goals and knowledge, Dr. Frost will work with the intern to collectively build a rewarding experience to include both clinical and research aspects of our practice.

    Shannan Hall-Ursone, DVM Intern(s) will be involved with physical exams on multiple species of nonhuman primates, have exposure to clinical pathology and pathology procedures, be exposed to protocol procedures and development, and perform their own project.  An intern in this role should have had some experience working with animals and good communication skills.

    Mark A. Hammargren,CPP  Intern(s) will assist the Texas Biomed Security Services team & Security and Emergency Operations Center with day-to-day implementation and execution of Facility Security & Emergency Preparedness Plans directly supporting Biomedical Research and Animal Care programs.

    Marty Heaner Intern(s) will learn to implement Network, PC, and HPC support activities for OSX, Windows, and Centos OSS. Best applicants will have familiarity with Windows 10 administration minimum, OSX and Linux familiarity is preferred but not required.

    Smita Kulkarni, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to research focused on discovering variation in non-coding regions of the genome and their relevance to human health and disease. Specifically interns will engage in research on the role of common genetic variation in HIV disease.

    The Human Resource Team supports the recruitment and retention of top talent to include but not limited to: talent acquisition, compensation & benefits, employee relations, culture and engagement, learning & development, performance management and workforce development.  The team ensures a high-performing, values-based people-centric culture at Texas Biomed.

    Elda Mendoza, DVM The intern’s time will be focused on spending time with SNPRC veterinarians and veterinary technicians performing both clinical duties. The experience will be hands on and tailored to the intern’s current abilities and goals. The majority of the work will be with monkeys. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in laboratory animal medicine or research.

    Mahesh Mohan, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to research with the focus on epigenetic mechanisms, in particular, the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) and DNA methylation in the molecular pathogenesis of HIV/SIV infection. This experience may also expose interns to pathology and molecular biology, and nonhuman primate immunology.

    Corinna Ross, Ph.D.   Intern(s) will be exposed to research with a focus on  behavioral physiology in marmosets as transnational models for human health and disease. Intern(s) will be exposed to the development of  new tools to assess cognitive and ambulatory changes associated with aging and age-related diseaseStudents with relevant background in topical areas are preferred (animal behavior, psychology, aging, physiology, and biological anthropology).

    Larry Schlesinger, M.D.  We study the human immune response to infectious pathogens. In particular, we focus on human mononuclear phagocytes, which are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful cells, bacteria or foreign particles, yet cannot efficiently kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Our work uses a range of techniques, including cell culture, Western blotting, PCR, and fluorescence microscopy. Interns will engage in core activities in the lab as well as begin work on a project along side a scientist. Interns with wet bench lab skills in tissue culture, microbiology and immunology are preferred.

    Rajesh Thippeshappa, Ph.D. In the Thippeshappa laboratory their research interest is in HIV vaccine development, cure research, and development of macaque models for HIV-1 infection/AIDS. The labs primary research focus is to develop a nonhuman primate (NHP) model for HIV-1 infection/AIDS, and to understand the barriers that prevent cross-species transmission of HIV-1 to macaques. The lab is also interested in understanding immune responses to pathogens and using that knowledge to develop novel therapeutics and vaccine strategies. The current research projects focus on developing muscosal immunization strategies for delivery of HIV vaccines.

  • Application Process

    Each applicant may select up to three internship programs in order of preference. All required information on the application must be provided. Incomplete or falsified information on the application will disqualify applicants from consideration.

  • Texas Biomed Internship Info

    Each of the students selected for the Texas Biomed program will be paid hourly and placed in a laboratory setting under the guidance of a Texas Biomed faculty or department mentor. Most placements are in research laboratories; however, internships are often available in areas such as marketing/communications, Human Resources, Education, and/or Safety. The students will work full-time for 8 weeks during the summer, learning research and/or career skills and conducting laboratory studies if placed in a research laboratory. Students begin their 8-week internship on June 6, 2022, completing their work on July 29, 2022. The focus of the Texas Biomed program is to provide the interns with one-on-one, hands-on experience in either investigator-initiated research or department specific experiences. The program will provide an opportunity for interns to conduct research and develop applied research skills if assigned to a research lab. Upon completing this program, interns will be equipped with solid skills and experience that will better enable them to successfully pursue graduate studies in biomedical fields and/or pursue a career within the STEM workforce.

  • SNPRC Internship Info

    Successful applicants for the SNPRC internship program will be paid hourly and placed in a laboratory, clinical veterinary, or veterinary pathology setting under the guidance of an SNPRC faculty mentor. The students will work full-time for 8 weeks during the summer, learning research and technical skills and conducting laboratory studies. Students begin their 8-week internship on June 6, 2022, completing their work on July 29, 2022. The focus of the SNPRC program is to provide the interns with one-on-one, hands-on experience within the SNPRC. The program will provide an opportunity for interns to gain veterinary experience and/or conduct research and develop applied research skills. Upon completing this program, interns will be equipped with solid skills and experience that will better enable them to successfully pursue graduate studies in veterinary and/or biomedical fields.

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