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 deadline of March 15, 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.

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  • Accessible Communication and Information Technology (AICT) with Dr. Raja Kushalnagar (PI) [raja.kushalnagar@gallaudet.edu] and Dr. Christian Vogler (co-PI). [May 28-Aug. 2]. 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.
  • Aquatic Ecology with Drs. Caroline Solomon (PI) [caroline.solomon@gallaudet.edu] and Gaurav Arora. [May 20-July 26]. 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.
  • Nanotechnology with Dr. Paul Sabila [paul.sabila@gallaudet.edu]. [June 3-August]. Only for Gallaudet Students. Application Deadline: February 28. 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). In addition to the application form on the second page, candidates must also complete the CIQM Summer School application through Harvard University. Gallaudet students interested in internships at Harvard and MIT, the deadline is Feb. 1. http://ciqm.harvard.edu/summer-school.html
  • Organic Chemistry with Dr. Paul Sabila [paul.sabila@gallaudet.edu]. [June 3-August 9]. Only for Gallaudet Students. Interns will work at Gallaudet University and at Howard University.
  • Bioinformatics with Dr. Gaurav Arora [gaurav.arora@gallaudet.edu]. [May 28-August 2]. 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.
  • Drug Design with Dr. Adebowale Ogunjirin [adebowale.ogunjirin@gallaudet.edu] will offer internship experience in drug design from May 20 - July 26 at James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg, Virginia. Intern will learn to design, synthesize, isolate, and characterized new drug molecules using rational and structure-based approach. Intern will gain hand-on experience by using organic synthesis laboratory tools, and learn to interpret experimental data from an array of analytical instruments.

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 eleventh 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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