Summer Internship Opportunities

We are offering up to sixteen summer internship positions for deaf or hard-of-hearing undergraduate students in different STEM fields. Rolling applications will begin immediately with a soft deadline of February 28, but we will continue accepting applications until positions are filled. Interns will receive a stipend of $500 per week (depending on project/funding source). Interns based at Gallaudet will also receive free housing on campus.

 Download the 2018 Summer Internship Flyer

2018 Projects

  • Accessible Communication and Information Technology (AICT) with Drs. Raja Kushalnagar (PI) [] and Christian Vogler (co-PI). Interns will develop and evaluate accessible solutions for communication and technology, such as captioned and video phones, closed captions and interpreting for internet television and accessibility in augmented or virtual reality settings [May 21-July 27].
  • Aquatic Ecology with Drs. Caroline Solomon (PI) [] and Gaurav Arora. Interns will be investigating changes in nutrient dynamics and algal and bacterial biodiversity as result of the new Anacostia River Tunnel going on-line in March 2018 [May 21-July 27].
  • Nanotechnology with Dr. Paul Sabila []. Interns will work at Gallaudet University, Howard University, Harvard University and MIT to synthesize and characterize nanomaterials from molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3). These materials have interesting properties which our research group and collaborators plan to use to construct new devices with potential applications in the next generation of semiconductors, computer processors, and flexible and wearable electronics [June1-August 10].
  • Bioinformatics with Dr. Gaurav Arora []. Interns will use programming and bioinformatics tools. The project will analyze foreign genes in microbial genomes from the Human Microbiome project. The goal of this project is to understand the purpose and function of these genes in bacterial genomes [May 29-July 27].

Gallaudet University is located nearby hundreds of historic Washington, DC destinations including the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument, and the National Mall, where the Smithsonian Institution museums are located. The underground Metrorail system makes travel between hotspots quick and easy. Washington, DC has a vibrant culture and nightlife popular with people of all ages and interests.

This marks our tenth year of offering summer internships. Since 2008, we have trained more than 50 summer interns. We have had students in our laboratories from seventeen different institutions around the world. We encourage students from all around the country to apply.

These internships are possible only through the generous support of the NASA/DC Space Grant Consortium, the National Science Foundation, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Student Fellowship, the Gordon H. and Dorothy M. Brown Fund for Environmental Science.

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