DRI Research Immersion Internship 2021

DRI Research Immersion Internship 2021

Internships driven by career discovery in science, technology, and entrepreneurship


Our science and technology ecosystem thrives on diverse skills. In addition to the traditional scientific fields, skills in communications, business, public health, computing, and many more all are necessary for a bright future supported by science and innovation.

DRI truck and trailer near a prescribed fire.

scientists working in the darkThe opportunity

Science at the Desert Research Institute offers real-world, immersive opportunities to contribute to solving the STEM problems of the future.

As you consider the direction of your career, internships are a great way to discover your strengths, interests, and get paid to learn new skills to bring to your future career.

What it involves

The DRI Research Immersion Internship program is a 16-week program that involves teams of diverse students dedicated to real-world problem solving with real-world scientists. After a guided training period, interns will work closely with mentors and their team members on science, technology, and entrepreneurship-focused projects that will launch both their curiosity and their careers. Students do not have to be enrolled in a science major to apply for the program; all majors are welcome.

This program is driven by inclusive excellence and is the target audience for this program is first and second-year students in Nevada’s community and state colleges.

Scientists at DRI's Weighing Lysimeter facility in Boulder City, NV. Eligibility

  • You are curious about science.
  • You are dedicated to real-world problem solving with real-world scientists.
  • This program is open to college students enrolled in CSN, GBC, NSC, TMCC, and WNC.
  • All majors are welcome. You do not have to be enrolled in a science major to apply.

Commitment

This is an 8-hour per week commitment from September 7th to December 17th, 2021. The weekly schedule will be determined by the internship mentors once students are selected.

Compensation

Students can earn up to $1500 gross for their participation in the internship.

FLORAL SUPERBLOOM ARCHIVE

Mentor name: Christine Albano

Apply if you are interested in: Biology, botany, land management, conservation, using data to solve problems

About the project: Students will search for and document accounts of floral superblooms in the Western US, and then begin the process of analyzing them. This will ultimately improve our understanding of the weather’s effects on plants and satellite recognition of superblooms in the future.

Location: Statewide (option to use DRI computer labs in Reno or Las Vegas)

Format: Virtual


WATER SECURITY IN NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

Mentor name: Erick Bandala

Apply if you are interested in: Community health, poverty, addressing poverty with technology, water security, using data to solve problems

About the project: Students will explore indicators of water security in Native American communities in the Southwestern United States, identify problems using data, and then investigate technology that can alleviate these challenges.

Location: Statewide

Format: Virtual

 


THE EFFECTS OF WILDFIRE ON OUR SOILS

Mentor name: Markus Berli

Apply if you are interested in: Wildland fire, lab experiments, innovation, teamwork, natural disaster prevention

About the project: To expand students’ confidence in the lab and with scientific experimentation, students will test soils for water repellency at different temperatures and levels of organic matter.

Location: Las Vegas

Format: In-person

 


PARTICLE SIZES OF MICROPLASTICS

Mentor name: Eden Furtak-Cole

Apply if you are interested in: Microplastics, pollution, math, lab experiments

About the project: To help answer big questions related to microplastics, students will use hands-on lab tests and math to build knowledge of microplastic particle characteristics and how they are transported through the air.

Location: Reno

Format: In-person


HEALTH CHALLENGES OF OBESITY: LIPID PROFILES AND LIVER ENZYMES IN MICE

Mentor name: Riccardo Panella

Apply if you are interested in: Health science, biology, lab experiments, health challenges of obesity

About the project: To improve our understanding of health challenges related to obesity, students will track changes in the health of mice with hands-on laboratory testing.

Location: Reno

Format: In-person

CONTACT

Meghan Collins, M.S.
Meghan.Collins@dri.edu