Undergraduate Summer Internship for Underrepresented Minorities

Greetings from the South Central Climate Science Center!

We are pleased to announce that we are offering a summer undergraduate internship opportunity in 2018 for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (including physical, natural, and social sciences). This internship is designed for students who wish to further their understanding of the impacts of climate change and variability in the south-central U.S. We are seeking positive, collaborative students who like new experiences and are adaptive to new environments.

No previous research experience is required! You will get the opportunity to interact and work with people from different backgrounds and skillsets which will strengthen the internship for all participants.

You will be involved in hands-on activities and mini-projects related to climate research that will allow you to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on the West Texas Southern High Plains, prairie and forest ecosystems and tribal cultures in Oklahoma, and the bayous, delta and coastline of Louisiana. As part of the internship, you will travel across the south-central United States to visit university campuses and field locations, so you must have the physical ability and willingness to travel or work outside as well as endure different living conditions. You must be comfortable (but do not have to have prior experience) with traveling by boat and kayak (safety equipment will be provided).

To provide you with an opportunity to practice communicating to non-scientific audiences, all participants will be expected to create a product (such as a blog, short video, or digital photo album) to catalog your time throughout the internship. The product will need to be completed and sent to us via email 2-weeks after the conclusion of the internship.

Click below to view the sample itinerary from 2017:

The internship will take place from Sunday, July 8, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018. You will spend one week with Texas Tech University, one week with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, and one week with Louisiana State University. All meals, lodging and travel will be provided during the three-week period. In addition, you will receive a $200/week stipend for the duration of the program. The program will not cover local travel between your home and the closest airport, personal equipment (clothing, cameras, etc.), or other personal expenses.

* Applicant must reside in and be traveling from Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas
* Applicant must be 18 years or older by July 8, 2018
* Applicant must have a valid social security number
* Applicant is required to sign Waiver and Release of Liability forms upon arrival
* LSU - http://www.southcentralclimate.org/content/documents/LSU_Waiver.pdf
* OU - http://www.southcentralclimate.org/content/documents/OU_Waiver_On_Campus.pdf
* OU - http://www.southcentralclimate.org/content/documents/OU_Waiver_Off_Campus.pdf
* OSU - No waiver required.
* TTU - http://www.southcentralclimate.org/content/documents/TTU_Waiver.pdf
* Applicant must have medical insurance during the period of the internship
* Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student in either a 2-year or a 4-year institution for the Fall 2018 semester

As part of this application form, you must list 2 references. It is recommended to list instructors with whom the you have either completed coursework or conducted a research project. The references will be sent a form that they must complete, so please ask their permission before providing their contact information. Completed applications and reference forms need to be submitted by 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 16, 2018. Applicants may be contacted for additional information at a later date. Selection decisions will be emailed back by early April.

Established in 2012 by the Department of Interior, the South Central Climate Science Center provides decision makers with the science, tools, and information they need to address the impacts of climate variability and change on their areas of responsibility. The Center supports big thinking, including multi-institutional and stakeholder-driven approaches to climate variability, change, impacts, mitigation, and adaptation research. For more information about what we do, please see our website: http://southcentralclimate.org/

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