Upcoming Webinars Feature Virtual Internship Opportunities at Federal Agencies and Advice on Virtual Internship Best Practices

Author: Carise Mitch, Coordination Hub

STEM internships can be life-changing experiences for students, expanding horizons and paving the way to further study and future careers. Federal agencies offer unique opportunities for students to learn from skilled scientists working in many exciting fields, from geology and earth sciences to engineering, computer science, and more.

Over the last year, many organizations and students have pivoted to virtual internships, discovering new challenges as well as new opportunities along the way. The NSF INCLUDES National Network kicks off 2021 with an exciting two-part webinar series exploring best practices and opportunities in virtual internships, with insights from a broad range of science-focused federal agencies and Network members.

INCLUDES_Hub_webinar_best_practices_in_virtual_internships_Jan_28.pngOn January 28th, representatives from two federal agencies, along with representatives from two NSF INCLUDES Alliances, will present a webinar on best practices in virtual internships. Eleanor Snow, Manager, Youth and Education Programs for the U.S. Geological Survey, and Tymisha Robinson, Human Resources Specialist from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will join Michael Fultz of West Virginia State University, Co-chair of Immersive Experiences working group for the First2 Network, and , National STEM Director for Growth Sector at the STEM Core Alliance, to share insights and ideas from their experience working with undergraduate internships in a virtual environment.

First2Network Alliance, a West Virginia-based organization which works with rural, first-generation, and other underrepresented college students in STEM fields, shared just a few of the responses from their students who had taken part in virtual internships:  

“I spent two weeks during an internship that broaden[ed] my knowledge of the STEM field. The internship helped me build my network of mentors and peers that I can lean on to help me in my undergraduate career.”

“I was accepted into a research internship that’ll help me, as an inexperienced researcher, learn the basics and how to continue on doing research.”

January 28th, 2021
Best Practices in Virtual Internships
3 pm ET. Please register here.
Learn more about the presenters through this discussion post in the online community.

INCLUDES_Hub_webinar_federal_undergraduate_internship_opportunities_Feb_18.pngIn a webinar offered on February 18th, representatives from the scientific divisions of three federal agencies ─ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense ─ as well as from the National Science Foundation, will share exciting undergraduate internships available at federal agencies for STEM students across a broad range of scientific fields.
The webinar will Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and Travis King, Director for Basic Research at the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology), and Donna Burnette, Director, Rochester Institute of TechnologyK-12 University Center. The presenters will share an inside view of the virtual internships, as well as financial support in the form of scholarships and stipends, available at their agencies for undergraduate science students. Opportunities at other federal agencies will also be shared.

Space is limited in both webinars – register today! Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to attend the Feb 18th webinar.

February 18th, 2021
Internship Opportunities at Federal Agencies
3 p.m. ET.  Please register here

Learn more about the presenters through this discussion post in the online community.

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