• Texas Biomed Summer Internship

    Texas Biomed Summer Internship

    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, 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 the first week in June, completing their work the last week of July. 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 Summer Internship Program

    SNPRC Summer Internship Program

    Each of the students selected for the SNPRC 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 typically begin their 8-week internship on the first week of June, completing their work the last week of July. 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.

  • School Year Interns

    School Year Interns

    Each student selected for an internship during the academic school year will be paid hourly and placed in a laboratory or office setting under the guidance of a mentor. Most placements are in laboratories within the Texas Biomedical Research Institute which is located in San Antonio Texas. The students in this program will work a minimum of 20 hours per week however, specific requirements will vary based on mentor expectations.

  • Internship Requirements

    Summer Internship Requirements

    • Complete an 8-week program of intensive research and/or career experience.
    • If within a laboratory setting the expectation is that an intern 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.
    • College Transcript (Unofficial transcripts accepted)
    • 2 Letter of Recommendation
    • Essay (Define your motivation for participating in the internship program(s) you selected)
    • Curriculum vitae or Resume

     

    School Year Internship Requirements

    • Complete a school year of intensive research and/or career experience. Internships will be based on hourly work.
    • If within a laboratory setting the expectation is that an intern 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.)
    • College Transcript (Unofficial transcripts accepted)
    • 2 Letter of Recommendation
    • Essay (Define your motivation for participating in the internship program(s) you selected)
    • Curriculum vitae or Resume
  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    The Summer Internship Program runs from June 8 – July 31, 2020

    The Summer Internship application deadline is January 13, 2020

    The School Year Internship Program runs from September -May yearly

    The School Year Internship application process has a rolling deadline and matches are made based on availability of mentors.

     

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Summer Eligibility Criteria

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

    Applicants should express a serious interest in obtaining hands-on, intensive research and/or work experience.

    All interested students will complete an application.

    Final selections of students will be made by the mentors in the program.

    All selected interns must pass the required background checks, medical screening, obtain proof of all required vaccinations, and complete a drug test prior to their first day.

    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.

     

    School Year Eligibility Criteria

    Summer internship students must be currently enrolled in an accredited University.

    Applicants should express a serious interest in obtaining hands-on, intensive research and/or work experience.

    All interested students will complete an application.

    Final selections of students will be made by the mentors in the program.

    All selected interns must pass the required background checks, medical screening, obtain proof of all required vaccinations, and complete a drug test prior to their first day.

    All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. Applicants must be able to show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

  • Mentors

    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.


    Corbett Christie Intern(s) will be responsible for program event and campaign tasks within the Development office. Data base entry and reporting, writing of letters and reports for donors, thank you calls to donors, preparation of materials and collateral for donor meetings. Interns in this role should have analytical skills, a marketing and sales mentality, writing skills, interpersonal communication skills (verbal), and personal organization.


    Chris Chen, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to research in the areas of cloning, lentivirus production, cell culture, PCR, qPCR, and blood processing. We are looking for students who have a deep passion for science and an interest in pursuing a scientific/research career.


    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


    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.


    Lisa Cruz Communications interns will focus on content development by creating news releases, podcasts, videos, scientific articles and social media content. For graphic design students, we offer the opportunity to assist with newsletter production and collateral development in support of scientific programs and institutional branding efforts. Journalism students learn to interview people, write news articles and produce web-based content. Journalism or graphic design classes, depending on the internship. Writing or design samples will be necessary. This position prefers a junior, senior or graduate student with writing and editing classes complete. Comfort level with interviewing and interacting with people is preferred.


    Marcel Daadi, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to regulated translational research and the development of therapeutic neural stem cell lines (NSC) for clinical use in Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and to target brain tumors in both industrial and academic settings.


    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.


    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.


    Luis D. Giavedoni, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to research in the area of viral infections and the development of vaccines and therapies against such infections, including the use of CRISPR/Cas technologies. This lab is particularly interested in understanding the immune responses to retroviral infections (e.g. HIV) in animal models. A summer intern will have the opportunity to perform classic and molecular biological and immunological assays, in association with retrovirus and flavivirus studies.


    Olga Gonzalez, Ph.D. Intern(s) will learn non-human primate anatomy and necropsy procedures, Understanding of animal research – why it is important and the processes involved, Understanding of the process of publication, Perform a literature search, Familiarity with histology and clinical pathology laboratory, prepare oral presentation and manuscript for publication.


    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.


    Deepak Kaushal, Ph.D. Intern(s) will engage in computational analysis of routine immunology data such as RNAseq, and high-parameter cytometry. This laboratory is seeking a student who has basic computational skills and a biology background. Students should be highly motivated and potentially have the desire to pursue a graduate degree.


    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.


    Corrine Lutz, Ph.D. Intern(s) will collect behavioral data and assess social development of infant baboons. The intern may also be asked to assist with the creation of enrichment items for the SNPRC nonhuman primates. Interns best suited for this position are pursuing a degree in biology, anthropology, animal behavior, or other related field. Interns in this role must be hard working as it will require being outdoors in the summer. Other key characteristics are reliability and the ability to conduct literature searches.


    Eduardo Meza Intern(s) will assist with data entry, intranet site material, streamlining admin duties, drafting SOPs. In this unit the individual will be exposed to federal and non-federal grants management; including financial management, compliance and reporting.


    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. Dr. Corinna Ross’ research focuses on examining physiological and behavioral characteristics in the marmoset as transnational models for human health and disease. Her current research is focused on developing new tools to assess cognitive and ambulatory changes associated with aging and age-related disease. She is also interested in evaluating potential therapeutics to increase health span.


    Ken Sayers, Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to ethological and evolutionary research topics. Dr. Sayers research has included multidisciplinary approaches to understanding dietary decisions; psychological investigations of memory, communication, and metacognition; and the utilization of nonhuman primate models to address anthropological questions, including human evolution and translational approaches for behavior and neuroscience. Students with relevant background(s) in topical area(s) are preferred (animal behavior, psychology, evolutionary ecology).


    Larry Schlesinger, M.D., Ph.D. Intern(s) will be exposed to laboratory studies in innate immunity to infectious pathogens by focusing on their interactions with human mononuclear phagocytes, which are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful cells, bacteria or foreign particles. 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.


    Olena Shtanko, Ph.D. Intern(s) will assist with a project on a mechanism(s) of filovirus dissemination within a host. She/he will perform human primary cell culture and manipulations as well as processing samples for microscopy and immunoblotting assays. This position is looking for an individual with exposure to cell culturing and someone who is enthusiastic about working in the lab, has career ambition, and is curious.


    Joanne Turner, Ph.D. Intern(s) will participate in experimental research on aging and tuberculosis. Perform a small independent study in immunology, and also work alongside established scientists. Intern(s) should have a basic science background and be reliable.


  • Application Process

    Applications for all internship programs can be completed here.

    While completing your application select up to three of the internship programs that you are interested in.