Iowa NSF EPSCoR Research Internship Opportunities

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Iowa NSF EPSCoR researchers at Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa have summer internships available for students.  Internship projects include work on biomass conversion, energy performance assessment of buildings, biochar amendments, energy policy, wind turbine assessment and repair, building web-based research resources, green design and energy utilization.

Most internships are 8-10 weeks in length, starting in late May or early June and ending in August.  Interns receive a stipend and lodging may be provided. 

The interns are a part of a research group and are mentored by the faculty leader, staff, and/or graduate students in that group.  Students have opportunities to interact with other student interns while participating in seminars, research lab tours, field trips and social events.  Of course, student interns are expected to do research, participate in lab meetings, and all other scheduled events. 

2015 Iowa NSF EPSCoR Summer Internships

Intern at Iowa NSF EPSCoR this summer!

Job Title: Communications Intern
Job Location: Iowa State University, Ames, or University of Iowa, Iowa City
Job Description:  Communications intern for the Iowa National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Iowa NSF EPSCoR) project. Our vision is to establish Iowa as a leader in the worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. The intern will be responsible for communicating the program’s mission and news to a variety of audiences.

The primary responsibilities will be interviewing researchers and students, writing news and science articles, publishing electronic newsletter, and posting articles to website. Videography and video editing may become a primary responsibility, depending on the skill level and interests of the intern. The intern will assist with social media (Twitter), assist with annual meeting and other events, and perform program reporting. See and for examples of articles written by past interns.

Job Skills / Requirements: Experience or education in writing science articles for general audiences or producing videos for specialized audiences. Preferred skills include understanding of photography (digital SLR), photo editing (Photoshop/Lightroom), web editing (Drupal), social media (Twitter), videography, and video editing (iMovie). The position involves some travel in Iowa; driver’s license required. Samples from published/posted work is preferred, but those from class projects are acceptable as well.

Hourly Pay Rate: $12
Schedule Type: M-F
Schedule or # of Hrs/ Wk: 40
Application Method: Email resume and samples (or links to online versions) to Robert Mills, Iowa State University,
Job Begin Date: May 11, 2015 (negotiable)
Job End Date: Aug. 21, 2015 (negotiable)
Application Deadline: Jan. 23, 2015

2014 University of Iowa Summer NSF EPSCoR Internships

Iowa NSF EPSCoR is a 5-year, 20 million dollar grant that involves a partnership between Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa in research about renewable energy (wind and biofuels), energy efficiency and energy policy. In addition to the research goals, the EPSCoR grant seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who choose careers in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math).

To that end, EPSCoR is supporting paid summer research internships for qualified students.  Internships are 8-10 weeks in length, starting in late May or early June and ending in August. The specific dates are generally flexible and can be worked out after students are accepted. Interns will receive a stipend of $400/week. Room and board will be provided if the student elects to live on campus. Full board will be provided to students living off campus. The intern will be part of a research group and will be mentored by the faculty leader and graduate students in that group.  Students will have opportunities to interact with other student interns while participating in seminars, research lab tours, field trips and social events. Student interns will be expected to do research, participate in weekly lab meetings and all other scheduled events. At the end of the program they will have the opportunity to present their research findings in a culminating poster session.  

The Iowa Regents Universities are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers that have received NSF funding to broaden the participation of women, minorities, first-generation and low-income students in STEM fields. Internships are open to all qualified students, but students in these groups are particularly encouraged to apply.  Students are encouraged to apply early since applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all openings are filled.

For full consideration, complete applications should be received by April 23, 2014.  Final admission decisions will be made by April 30, 2014.

Summer 2014 NSF EPSCoR Internship full descriptions

Summer 2014 NSF EPSCOR Internship flyer

Summer 2014 NSF EPSCOR Internship application

Iowa NSF EPSCoR currently supports 2014 summer internships in the following Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs:

  • MoSAIc - The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University hosts undergraduate students in the areas of design and manufacturing of micro/nanoscale sensors, actuators, and smart materials, as well as advanced imaging and diagnostic systems.
  • CenUSA - This REU will provide interdisciplinary training and engagement opportunities in all areas of the bioenergy value chain to meet the workforce challenges of the emerging bioeconomy. While a portion of the CenUSA students will remain at Iowa State University, several of the students will travel to one of CenUSA's partner institutions depending on their research interests in the following areas: Feedstock Development, Field-Level Sustainability, Logistics, Policy-Level Sustainability, Feedstock Conversion Economics, Markets and Distribution, Health and Safety.
  • CBiRC - REU students will work toward achieving CBiRC's core mission of transforming the US chemical industry by integrating biological and chemical catalysis systems to produce biorenewable chemicals. While some REU students will remain at Iowa State University, a number of students will travel to either the University of Virginia or Rice University to complete their summer program. REU students will work in the following areas: Biocatalysts for pathway engineering, Microbial metabolic engineering, Chemical catalyst design, Life cycle analysis of biorenewable chemicals.
  • BioMaP - The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University hosts an REU in the areas of biological materials and processes.

Please use the links above for more information each program's internships, including application deadlines.

All Iowa college students may apply.