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The following Student Success Internship positions are currently and accepting resumes. The hourly wage for all SSI positions is $15.00 per hour. 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT INTERN PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

-Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student with plans to be enrolled in both the Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 semesters.
-GPA requirement 3.0 or above.
-Students must have been enrolled for at least one semester at the time of application.
-Students must be in good standing academically and in terms of conduct before and during the internship.
-Devote 10 to 18 hours per week to working for host unit for both fall and spring semesters.
-Fulfill internship contract requirements and learning agreement. Provided at the beginning of the internship by site supervisor. 

Please email your resume and cover letter directly to the Hiring Manager listed with each internship below. These positions are open until filled.

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Internship Title: CREST Intern
Department Name: NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM)
Hiring Manager/Mentor(s) Name: Carrie Kouadio
Hiring Manager's email: ckouadio@ucmerced.edu 

The CREST Intern will actively participate in the NSF-funded CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (10-12 hours/week). The center—focused on research, education and outreach—uses an interdisciplinary approach combining physical, biological and engineering methods to understand and control the functioning of multi-scale assemblies of biomolecules and cells, and to design and develop novel bio-inspired functioning machines. The intern will engage in center scientific meetings, develop related STEM education and outreach resources/modules, implement the resources, and share/publish the related products, under the supervision of the Executive Director. The intern’s efforts will amplify the center’s education and outreach capacity/impact.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?
a.Developing center-focused Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach activities, modules, and resources, including activity guides, presentations, related materials, scientist interviews, etc.), for use in CREST-led events and sessions both on- and off- campus throughout the academic year.
b.Presenting STEM education and outreach activities to diverse audiences in a variety of formats (booths, classrooms, campus visits, etc.) in CREST-led events and sessions throughout the academic year (and in the summer if interested), as well as training other center-affiliated students to lead these activities; the intern will collect feedback, working with the center external evaluator, so the activities can be further refined during the internship.
c.Leading a culminating presentation in May 2019 that discusses the achievements and efforts of the internship experience for an open audience, and publishing the finalized versions of the resources generated on the CCBM website: http://ccbm.ucmerced.edu

What tasks will the intern likely perform?
Synthesizing, listening, researching, communicating, developing, leading, teaching, presenting, and writing.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? The intern will be preparing for a STEM teaching (K-12 or university/college levels), STEM communications, or STEM-focused career.
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Internship Title: Cancer Immunotherapy Intern

Department Name: Molecular and Cell Biology

Mentor(s) Name: Katrina Hoyer

Hiring Manager's email address: khoyer2@ucmerced.edu 

Under the supervision of Dr. Hoyer the student intern will explore the role of a novel CD8 T cell population in the development of B cell lymphomas. The student will learn and use sterile cell culture, flow cytometry and mouse in vivo cancer models to evaluate the ability of CD8 T cells to promote or inhibit B cell lymphoma survival, proliferation and activation. The intern will participate in weekly research group meetings and present current data.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a. Sterile culture of mouse and human B cell lymphomas and analysis of cell proliferation and survival.

b. Successful completion of the flow cytometry training on campus, and demonstration of proficiency in flow cytometry data collection and analysis.

c. Generation of figures based on data collected during the internship and presentation of research findings at Research Week and Student Success poster sessions.

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

Experimental techniques will include flow cytometry staining, acquisition and analysis, cell culture, cell counting, animal handling and dissection. To develop analytical skills, the intern will analyze experimental data and generate figures. To enhance communication and critical thinking skills the intern will participate in weekly research group meetings to present newly generated data and describe upcoming experiments. It is also anticipated that the student will present a poster at an undergraduate research conference.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship?

BIO 001, BIO 002, BIO 110 (can be concurrent); interest in immunology and cancer.

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Internship Title: Drone Detection of Invasive Plant Species Intern

Department Name: UC Natural Reserve System (Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve) & UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety

Mentor(s) Name: Monique Kolster and Dr. Brandon Stark

Hiring Manager’s email address: bstark2@ucmerced.edu

The Drone Detection of Invasive Plant Species Intern will conduct wide-scale operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, to detect and map non-native invasive plants on the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR) and will evaluate the applicability of remote sensing methodology for invasive plant species and vernal pool grassland management.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.The intern will lead a research project on remote sensing mapping and analysis of non-native invasive plant species for Reserve management.

b.The intern will evaluate pattern recognition algorithm methodology on data collected by Unmanned Aircraft Systems for detecting and predicting invasive weed populations.

c.The intern will disseminate their project with various stakeholders with technical writing and research presentations.

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

The intern will:

•conduct research trips to the MVPGR to establish ground truth data

•identify non-native invasive plants using aerial imagery

•research, develop, and evaluate UAS mapping methodology

•construct non-native invasive plant distribution maps

•apply spatial pattern recognition algorithms and analysis techniques

•collect seasonal images of stock ponds (all or a select number), including acreage changes throughout year

•document and write a report about the findings

•develop outreach material and assist with MVPGR management duties, such as community outreach and reserve maintenance

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship?

Preferred, but not necessary: Coursework in botany or ecological sciences, field-based coursework, experience with drones.

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Internship Title: Entrepreneurship Outreach Intern

Department Name: Office of Business Development

Mentor(s) Name: Peter Schuerman

Hiring Manager’s email address: pschuerman@ucmerced.edu

This individual will be responsible for developing an understanding of the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, and will conduct outreach to students and members of the UC Merced Venture Lab.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.Presentations to Student Organizations and Clubs

b.One-on-One Venture Lab Orientations

c.Market Research to Determine the Needs of Students related to Entrepreneurship

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

This position will not involve office/clerical work. The position will focus on building communication skills, presentation skills, and market research skills.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? None

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Internship Title: Drone Inspection Service Pilot Program Intern

Department Name: UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety

Mentor(s) Name: Dr. Brandon Stark

Hiring Manager’s email address: bstark2@ucmerced.edu

The UC Center of Excellence on UAS Safety is looking for a student intern to conduct a pilot program utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems, more commonly known as drones, for UC Merced campus construction, inspection and documentation purposes. The intern will be tasked to conduct regular UAS flight operations in support of campus management, analyze data and support needs and conduct a cost-benefit analysis of regular use.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.The intern will lead an initiative to evaluate the use of UAS for various inspection and service needs within UC Merced Facilities Management, collecting real-world data and analyzing the results.

b.The intern will conduct a Cost-Benefit Analysis on aerial services for Facilities Management

c.The intern will disseminate the results of the analysis through speaking presentations and a final report to be shared with other interested UC campuses

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

The intern will
1) Study UAS regulations and become proficient in flight operations
2) Work with staff in Facilities Management to identify UAS needs and services
3) Conduct UAS flight operations for Facilities Management, TAPS, Energy & Sustainability, and other related needs.
4) Read industry reports and trends regarding the integration of UAS
5) Document and analyze the cost and benefit of UAS

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? None

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Internship Title: Campus Climate and Student Success Internship

Department Name: Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students

Mentor(s) Name: Jonathan Grady 

Hiring Manager’s email address: jgrady2@ucmerced.edu

The Campus Climate and Student Success Internship provides an opportunity for a UC Merced student to holistically promote student development and advocate for student success through intentional programs and initiatives, collaborative partnerships, research, and/or policy/procedural development that enhances campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life. Utilizing a social justice orientation rooted in community cultural wealth, criticalness, collaboration, accountability, and care, the Campus Climate and Student Success Internship is a unique opportunity to inform student-centered change within the Bobcat community.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.Address campus climate and campus related concerns through intentional research and strategic reporting.

b.Effectively communicate new and creative ideas and information via a design strategy the intern is charged with researching and implementing.

c.Utilize research findings to implement a student success initiative rooted in one of three areas (academic growth, personal development, and or career enrichment).

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

The intern will perform tasks related to improving and developing their critical thinking, communication, presentation, writing, and analysis skills. Tasks will also help to deepen their understanding of higher education processes and student success.
For example:
-researches campus climate trends (interviewing students, focus groups, examining survey data, etc.)
-identifies key areas of concern (regarding campus climate) and develops strategic and realistic recommendations to improve campus climate
-creates and implements a student success initiative that furthers the success of students (rooted in the University's definition of student success)
-communicates findings to the campus community through social media, newsletters, and other mediums
-presents findings to multiple campus stakeholders

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? Strong written and verbal communication/Ability to curate content for social media platforms

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Internship Title: Conserving Vernal Pool Plant Species Through eDNA Intern

Department Name: School of Natural Sciences

Mentor(s) Name: Jason Sexton (PI), Monique Kolster (Director, MVPGR), Molly Stephens

Hiring Manager’s email address: mstephens3@ucmerced.edu

Develop environmental DNA (eDNA) methods for detecting endangered species in our own backyard! The student intern will use DNA sequencing to identify plant species in soil samples from UC Merced’s Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR). They will assist with DNA extractions, PCR, and sequencing. They will organize genetic tissues and databases and coordinate with the MVPGR to add specimens to the UCM Herbarium and collect new specimens in spring. This research project will develop and apply metabarcoding techniques for endangered species and community monitoring and uncover the role of soil seed banks in plant community diversity.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.Perform DNA extractions, PCR, and sequencing using NGS technologies

b.Organize and manage laboratory sample databases and protocols for molecular DNA analyses

c.Collect new specimens at MVPGR and work with the reserve manager and supervisor to prepare/preserve specimens and integrate into herbarium collection databases

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

The intern will perform a variety of molecular ecology laboratory operations and procedures, including: DNA database searches; manage tissue and sequence databases; process soil samples for soil seed bank genetic analysis; perform DNA extractions, PCR, and sequencing using Sanger and NGS technologies; assist with seed germination experiments; prepare common laboratory reagents. They may also participate in collection of additional plant specimens and assist graduate student and principal investigators in species/community diversity surveys at the UC Merced Vernal Pool Reserve. The intern may participate in preliminary genetic analyses to identify species presence and population genetic structure and diversity, contribute writing for reports to the research funding agency, and (if desired) present portions of the research at undergraduate student conferences.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? Coursework in ecological or evolutionary sciences; Lab coursework; Field-based coursework/experience preferred but not necessary.

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Internship Title: Digital Media Technology Specialist Intern

Department Name: Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies

Mentor(s) Name: Jayson Beaster-Jones

Hiring Manager’s email address: jbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu

This internship in media for the Department of Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies (GAMWS) provides technical support for digital audio/video media production projects and inventory management of department-owned media production equipment (photo/video cameras, audio and video recording equipment). Candidates will assist students and faculty in the creation of media rich PowerPoint presentations, digital video, podcasts, etc. Candidates should have excellent written and spoken communication skills, effective ability to work with diverse audiences, and a media background.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.Technical support for GAMWS students and faculty who incorporate digital media production (e.g. videos, podcasts, music production) as a component of regular coursework in classes

b.Manage the inventory of digital media production equipment (e.g. cameras, microphones, cables, mixing boards, etc.)

c.Assist GAMWS Faculty in producing informational videos and technical assistance videos for instructors and classes

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

Assist students and faculty in digital media production projects, assist in managing equipment inventory, plan and create instructional videos/tutorials to utilize the technology and software in Global Arts, Media, and Writing Studies

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? Familiarity with media production software, which might include Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, Audacity, Powerpoint, and mobile

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Internship Title: UC Bioengineering Symposium Intern

Department Name: Department of Bioengineering

Mentor(s) Name: Dr. Joel A. Spencer

Hiring Manager’s email address: joel.spencer@ucmerced.edu

The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium is the annual event where faculty, staff and students from the departments of bioengineering/biomedical engineering at all 10 UC campuses  come together to share their latest ideas in biomedical engineering research. This symposium is supported by the Bioengineering Institute of California. Next June, the 20th UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium will be hosted at UC Merced by our School of Engineering and our newly established Department of Bioengineering. To host an exciting and successful symposium, we would like to propose an intern to help us plan the multiday event.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?

a.Search for, organize, and reach out to organizations and potential industry partners in the Central Valley and beyond to solicit support for the symposium.

b.Contribute and execute a strategic plan for organizing the symposium.

c.Interact with invited speakers, attendees, and partners to arrange a schedule for the symposium

What tasks will the intern likely perform?

Compiling research information, organizing spreadsheets, analysing information, and preparing presentations. Contacting and meeting with faculty, students, community members, and clubs. Identify funding partners to support the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium mission. Communicate with staff, faculty, and students on a weekly basis.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship?analysis skills, strong communication skills, ability to reach out and solicit information.

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Internship Title: Learning Technologies Intern

Department Name: Office of Information Technology

Mentor(s) Name: Rachel Leigh Peters

Hiring Mnager's email address:  rpeters3@ucmerced.edu

Internship Description: Do you have ideas for helping students make the most out of learning technologies such as CatCourses? The Learning Technologies intern is responsible for improvingthe student experience by creating guides and tutorials that allow students to be comfortable and confident in the technology they are required to use for classes. You’ll develop your technical and professional skills by creating content that improves thelives of students. Explore how technology and teaching intersect to improve learning. Directly work with staff in the Office of Information Technology to gain experience and perspective on supporting technology in higher education.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY?a.Produce a CatCourses Tips & Tricks guide that helps students navigate, use, and take advantage of the features of CatCourses.b.Create an engaging online tutorial for students on the set up and use of TurningPoint clickers.
c.Document processes for designing, creating, and maintaining the tutorials and guides for use by future student interns and employees.

What tasks will the intern likely perform? Create guidesand tutorials for online use, write communication for marketing of guides and tutorials, solicit and analyze feedback, research available online resources, document processes for the project.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship?Familiarity with CatCourses and Microsoft Office products is required. Experience in image editing and clickers is preferable.

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Internship Title: Womxn’s Mentorship and Professional Development Intern

Department Name: OSL --Womxn's Program

Mentor(s) Name: Onar Primitivo

Your email address: oprimitivo@ucmerced.edu

Internship Description: The Womxn’sMentorship and Professional Development Intern will have the opportunity to create and implement a pilot program for womxn undergraduates on the UC Merced campus from start to finish. Using principles of feminism and social justice, the intern will research best practices, create a recruitment strategy, design resource materials, and develop training and curriculum for a cross-discipline staff-student mentorship program. The intern will also engage in creating and assessing learning outcomes for the program as well as develop next steps in making the program a sustainable and integral part of programming on campus.

WHAT PROJECT(S) OR INITIATIVE(S) WILL THE STUDENT SUCCESS INTERN UNDERTAKE, PARTICIPATE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY? a. The intern will conduct research on womxns mentorship and benchmark other similar programs happening at universities across the nation in order to determine best practices for a cross-discipline staff-student mentorship program at UC Merced. The intern will also research social justice education curriculum related to womxn's leadership and professional development. b.The intern will connect with campus and community partners to compile resources into a guide for mentors and to coordinate educational opportunities for mentees. For example, the intern will connect with CAPS in order to convey accurate informationto mentorsin order to be able to properly refer mentees to mental health resources; the intern will connect with CCPA in order to provide mentees with upcoming relevant career opportunities and resources. c. The intern will work with the Womxn’s Programs Coordinatorto develop an assessment tool to determine to what extent the mentorship and professional development resources met their desired learning outcomes. This will enable the intern to understand how to formulate learning outcomes, understanding different types of assessment tools such as surveys, focus groups, rubrics etc and how to implement them for events and programs to provide information in creating a sustainable program.

What tasks will the intern likely perform? The intern will: make a marketing plan to engage student participants and encourage them to apply, Benchmark and research mentorship and womxn's professional development programs at other institutions, Coordinate a meet and greet event, Support the selection and matching process of mentors and mentees, write a resource guide for mentors to be more familiar with campus resources and policies relevant to students, Assist in planning and scheduling professional development workshops by communicating with campus and community partners for student participants, Help assess program learning outcomes.

Are there any prerequisites or required skills or experience for this internship? Understanding of social justice issues facing womxn Strong communication skills.

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