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Stanford Earth Young Investigators

Internship Options for 2019

  • Biodiversity - Analyze data to understand past and current trends in evolution and extinction

  • Environment - Work one-on-one with a scientist in an environmental research group

  • Geology - Work one-on-one with a scientist in one of the geology laboratories

  • Energy - Work one-on-one with a scientist or engineer in one of the energy resources groups

The Biodiversity Option

All Biodversity interns will be learning and working together on questions about body size evolution with the Paleobiology research group. Paleobiologists study the relationship between environmental change and biological evolution over geological timescales through field studies, geochemical measurements and modeling, and statistical analysis of large datasets. Interns will work in groups of 3 to test a scientific hypothesis related to the summer’s research theme. Past themes have included body size evolution in ostracods and cell size and environmental tolerances of prokaryotes. In 2019 the theme will be extinction selectivity in marine invertebrate fossils (e.g., clams, sea urchins).  The typical day will begin at 9 am with an hour of group instruction and learning activities followed by a couple of hours of data analysis. After lunch, interns will meet as a whole group or in small groups with supervisors to discuss data interpretation and progress for an hour. The rest of the afternoon until 4 pm will be creating figures and working on research projects.  History of Life Website.  READ THE BLOGS!

Biodiversity interns work 5 full days for 8 weeks. Biodiversity research projects require group work, are centered around statistical analyses/computer coding (no prior experience required), and do not involve field work (i.e., you will not be going on a “dig”).  This program’s schedule is not flexible. Students who are involved in other activities during the summer should consider the other options not apply for the biodiversity option.

The Environment Option

Environment interns work with one research group, and often on just one project. The projects range from soil chemistry to ocean chemistry to ocean life to terrestrial bacteria to arsenic cycling to GIS analysis, depending on the positions available. Read the blog by recent high school interns to learn about recent projects. We also have social science projects some summers, that investigate how humans interact with the environment and resources. Students are assigned to their research group, and do not have a choice of where they are assigned. Interns learn that scientific research takes a long time, with many steps and some of the work is only on a computer while other research projects are only in the laboratory. Most interns do not have the opportunity to do their own research project since they are learning and helping their supervisors.

The interns work 15-30 hours per week with a regular schedule that is determined with the supervisor. It is expected that some interns will be involved in other opportunities during the summer as well as have family vacations. Interns work during the week, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 6 pm, and rarely on the weekends. An example schedule is Monday 10-4, Wednesday 10-4 and Thursday 1-4. Interns should plan to work on Thursdays to participate in the weekly activities with all interns.

The Geology Option

Geology interns work with one research group, and often on just one project. The project range from earthquake history using cosmogenic nuclides to seismology to preparing rocks for geochronology measurements to digitizing maps, depending on the positions available. Read the blog by recent high school interns to learn about recent projects. Mathematics, physics, and computer programming may be essential for some positions. Students will be assigned to their research group. Interns learn that scientific research takes a long time, with many steps and some of the work is only on a computer while other research projects are only in the laboratory. Most interns do not have the opportunity to do their own research project since they are learning and helping their supervisors.

The interns work 15-30 hours per week with a regular schedule that is determined with the supervisor. It is expected that some interns will be involved in other opportunities during the summer as well as have family vacations. Interns work during the week, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 6 pm, and rarely on the weekends. An example schedule is Monday 10-4, Wednesday 10-4 and Thursday 1-4. Interns most likely will work on Thursdays to participate in the weekly activities with all interns.

The Energy Option

Energy interns work with one research group, and often on just one project. The projects range from battery efficiency to crude oil interfaces, depending on the positions available. Read the blog by recent high school interns to learn about recent projects.  Students are assigned to their research group, and do not have a choice of where they are assigned. Interns learn that scientific research takes a long time, with many steps and some of the work is only on a computer while other research projects are only in the laboratory. Most interns do not have the opportunity to do their own research project since they are learning and helping their supervisors.

The interns work 15-30 hours per week with a regular schedule that is determined with the supervisor. It is expected that some interns will be involved in other opportunities during the summer as well as have family vacations. Interns work during the week, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 6 pm, and rarely on the weekends. An example schedule is Monday 10-4, Wednesday 10-4 and Thursday 1-4. Interns should plan to work on Thursdays to participate in the weekly activities with all interns.

 

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