[tdwg-content] Announcing the VertNet Undergraduate Internship

Russell, Laura larussell at ku.edu
Wed Oct 17 19:28:26 CEST 2012

Call for Applications
VertNet Undergraduate Internship

VertNet is pleased to announce the VertNet Undergraduate Internship, scheduled for the Summer of 2013.  This internship is an opportunity for two undergraduate students to gain valuable training and practical experience in biodiversity informatics, biodiversity research and systematics, and museum collection management.

Two internship positions are available; one at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Internships will not exceed three months (12 weeks) and will include participation in VertNet’s Biodiversity Informatics Training Workshop in Boulder, Colorado, on June 24-28 (http://vertnet.org/about/BITW.php)<http://vertnet.org/about/BITW.php).>, as a part of the Interns’ training.

Who should apply?
We welcome applications from eligible student from within the United States and U.S. Territories interested in pursuing a biodiversity informatics project while exploring the practice of science as conducted at a natural history museum.  Undergraduate students and students preparing to graduate in Spring 2013 are eligible to apply.  We are interested in individuals who are self-motivated and can apply new tools and data resources creatively to questions of biodiversity, which may be in ecology, conservation, geography, evolutionary biology, environmental science, computer science, museums, or library and information science.

Interns will work with the VertNet project team of experienced museum curators, researchers, and informaticists, as well as individuals from VertNet integration partners, such as AmphibiaWeb, Animal Diversity Web, and EOL, to design and conduct a research project that synthesizes and analyzes data from multiple biodiversity resources.  These projects can be informatics-based, writing code and programming novel ways to analyze or display these kinds of data, or they can be biologically-focused, using data to answer questions about species diversity, ecology, evolution, or distributions. The internship will emphasize the creation, use, and analysis of aggregated biodiversity data from VertNet, and other sites, for research and data improvement and the contribution of data back to these sites.  We expect research project to focus on assembling species dataset for use in spatial ecological modeling or global change biology.  We are, however, open to other research topics and foci.  Projects do not need to be fully realized at the time of application.

Publication of the results from the internship is encouraged and will be supported by the VertNet team.  Publication may take the form of web-based species accounts for VertNet integration partners, georeferencing species occurrence data, open-source software, or collaborations on other scientific publications.

VertNet Project Team members (http://vertnet.org/about/team.php<http://vertnet.org/about/team.php)>) at CU Boulder include Robert Guralnick and Javier Otegui.  Team members at UC Berkeley include Carla Cicero, Carol Spencer, Michelle Koo, David Bloom, John Wieczorek, and  Aaron Steele. In addition to individual research project mentors, Interns will work with members of the VertNet Project Team and possibly other museum staff at both institutions to learn about daily operations of museum, and how those local activities tie into the larger perspective of global informatics.

At the end of the internship, participants should have:

  1.  an understanding of the evolution of, and the workflows within, a research project;
  2.  basic skills and experience using data repositories, biodiversity informatics and analytic tools, and an understanding of which tools are appropriate for specific tasks;
  3.  an understanding of the operation and maintenance of a natural history collection;
  4.  knowledge of the abundant biodiversity resources and additional training available to them.

Workshop Selection and Support
Acceptance to the VertNet Undergraduate Internship is a competitive, nation-wide process and is limited to two (2) participants; one at UC Berkeley and one at CU Boulder.  All applications materials and recommendations must be received by 11:59pm PT on January 11, 2013 for consideration.  Accepted participants will be notified in March 2013.

Individuals selected to participate will be considered full time employees of their respective institutions and paid at the monthly rate of $3150 (CUBoulder)/$3300 (UCBerkeley).  Interns will receive additional support to cover costs during the workshop for travel between Berkeley and Boulder and accommodations and per diem (when in residence at the secondary institution).  Interns will be responsible for their own travel to and from the internship and accommodations and daily needs while in residence at the primary institution.  Support is available to help find accommodations in both locations.

Application materials are available at <http://vertnet.org/about/BITW.php> http://www.vertnet.org/about/Internship.php.  Submit all application materials online (http://www.vertnet.org/about/Internshipapplication.php) or send all completed materials and one letter of recommendation to dbloom at vertnet.org<mailto:dbloom at vertnet.org>.

Laura Russell
VertNet Programmer
KU Biodiversity Institute
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Dyche Hall, Room 606
Lawrence, KS 66045

Phone: +01 785 864-4681
Fax: +01 785 864-5335

email: larussell at vertnet.org
email: larussell at ku.edu

Skype: laura.anne.russell
Gchat: larussell at vertnet.org

url: www.vertnet.org

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