career development and picker engineering program

November 2015

In this newsletter:
- General Resources & Announcements

- Graduate School Information
- Internships, Jobs & Recruiting Events


Are you ready for professional interviews?
Review our interviewing resources, then schedule a 1-hour practice interview with a career advisor at the Lazarus Center. We’ll help you pinpoint your strengths and opportunities for improvement as you prepare for upcoming interviews.


Working on your personal statements?
Graduate schools have several reasons for giving you a chance to "speak" to them through a personal statement. They already have plenty of concrete information about you. What they don't know is why you're applying for this particular program, where it fits in your ideas about your future, what you bring to the department as a person and scholar, and what you hope to take away when you graduate. Learn more about ways to approach writing your statement and ways we can assist at


This is a sampling of current listings. Use E-Access to find additional postings and details on the opportunities below.

Business Development Associate Summer 2016 Internship
, Cleveland, OH
Job ID# 41063
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2016
The position involves analysis of new technologies, markets for the technologies and competitors to the company. Specific research skills that should develop include market analysis and new technology evaluation through extensive primary and secondary research. Analysis completed by the intern on business proposals will assist BioEnterprise in selecting clients with whom to engage. This position is offered through Summer on the Cuyahoga.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Summer Internship Program
Apply at There are a limited number of intern positions available and applications should be completed in a timely manner. Applications will be accepted through May 1st. For first consideration, please submit by February 8, 2016. The SOCHE Summer Internship Program hosts students from higher education institutions throughout the United States and provides students an opportunity to develop scientific and engineering skills and competence through participation in cutting-edge research projects.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program for Undergraduates
Deadline to apply: January 15, 2016
ORNL wants to pinpoint and capture some of the best new minds entering scientific and engineering fields today, by using a unique competitive process. ORNL’s two grand research Challenges for 2016 focus on “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets” and “Distributed Energy Research – Powering Microgrids.” To apply, applicants must write a proposal that identifies possible solutions to one of these two research Challenges. If the student’s proposal is chosen as one of the top choices, the applicant will be offered a summer 2016 internship at ORNL, to implement their research solution. A competitive stipend, housing, and professional development activities will be included as part of the internship. Applicants must be junior or senior undergraduate students currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university. There are no citizenship requirements or GPA requirements to apply. Find the full Challenge descriptions, the proposal template and the application link on our website:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2016 HS-STEM Summer Internships
Deadline to apply: December 16, 2016
Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses. 10-week research experiences are offered at: Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, Customs and Borders Protection, Engineer Research and Development Center, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Security Technologies, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia. Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. U.S. citizenship is required. Program details can be found at

Automation Padawan (1 yr internship)
Ginkgo Bioworks
, Boston MA
Job ID# 40743
Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. We engineer organisms to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. We aren't trying to study biology, we are trying to build it - constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house foundry of synthetic biology technologies to design and build new organisms. We are looking for the *best* engineers, scientists, and hackers. You don't need to be a biologist; we can teach you biology. You do need to be a fast learner, passionate, brilliant, and tenacious. This full-time internship is paid and typical duration is 12-15 months. Automation Padawans working on the build team in the foundry will work on moving and improving unit operations and workflows associated with strain construction across multiple hosts and products onto Ginkgo's automated platforms. Undergraduate applicants are typically seniors looking for post-graduation plans. Previous biology lab experience strongly preferred. Previous experience with hardware or software hacking is a plus.



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