IIAD Undergraduate Internships

Principal Investigator(s):

All Undergraduate Internship applications must be submitted to iiad@ag.tamu.edu by 5 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

In 2014, IIAD created a new summer internship program for undergraduate junior and senior students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program matches selected interns with IIAD scientist mentors for a paid six-week summer internship to gain hands-on experience related to the prevention, detection, control and mitigation of high-consequence transboundary animal diseases.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale;
  • Submit a completed application by the due date;
  • Be of full-time student status at the time of the internship;
  • Maintain valid health insurance during the course of the internship.

If selected for the internship, students are required to:

  • Attend a webinar orientation in April 2017;
  • Be willing to relocate, if necessary, to the site of the internship for the duration of the six-week appointment (relocation and travel costs will not be covered);
  • Create and submit a laboratory safety plan, with the assistance of the internship mentor;
  • Complete a six-week internship with an IIAD scientist;
  • Conduct a research briefing at the internship site;
  • Maintain a weekly training log;
  • Submit a 10-page summary report;
  • Complete and submit all required forms.

View Summer 2017 application.

View printable flyer.

All applications must be submitted to iiad@ag.tamu.edu.

For more information, contact Kelly Soltysiak, Ph.D., IIAD program coordinator, at Kelly.soltysiak@ag.tamu.edu.


Current Interns

2016_HlavinkaKindra Hlavinka

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Junior

Major: Agricultural Science

Mentor: Joe Mask, Ph.D., IIAD assistant professor and extension specialist

Project: Veterinary Science Certificate Program

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
2016_kayla_cropKayla Cates

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Sophomore

Major: Animal Science

Mentor: Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, IIAD program manager and theme leader for Education and Outreach Systems

Project: EOS curriculum development and training

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
2016_lauren_cropLauren Zajicek

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Junior

Major: Agricultural Communications and Journalism; Agricultural Leadership, Education and Development

Mentor: Lesa Muehlstein, IIAD communications specialist

Project: EOS marketing and communications

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
Brianna Willis

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Graduate

Major: Animal Science

Mentor: Ken Burton, DVM, program director, Kansas State University National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

Project: Assist with risk analysis for moving Plum Island Animal Disease Center research to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Host Institution: Kansas State University
Hannah Kulak

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Senior

Major: Agricultural Science

Mentor: Jessica Cargill, MPH, IIAD Project Specialist

Project: EOS Portfolio Analyses

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
Charlotte Whittaker

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Junior

Major: Animal Science

Mentor: Joe Mask, Ph.D., IIAD assistant professor and extension specialist

Project: Veterinary Science Certificate Program

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases

Former Interns

2016 Undergraduate Interns
Tyler Pohlenz

University: Kansas State University

Classification: Junior

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Entomology

Mentors: Job Lopez and Beto Perez de Leon

Project: Molecular biology of relapsing fever vector-pathogen interactions

Host Institution: Baylor College of Medicine, US Department of Agriculture - Kerrville
Darla Quijada

University: University of Vermont

Classification: Junior

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Chemistry and Statistics

Mentors: Ken Burton, DVM, program director, Kansas State University National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

Project: Assist with risk analysis for moving Plum Island Animal Disease Center research to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Host Institution: Kansas State University
2016_JuliaJulia Smachio

University: Bates College

Classification: Junior

Major: Biological Chemistry

Minor: Chinese

Mentors: Matt Cochran, DVM, MIA, IIAD program director

Project: AgConnect®

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
2016_TylSiera Tyl

University: Michigan State University

Classification: Senior

Major: Zoology

Minor: Spanish

Mentors: Joe Mask, Ph.D., IIAD assistant professor and extension specialist

Project: Veterinary Science Certificate Program

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
2016_SchroellCaitlin Schroell

University: Texas A&M University

Classification: Senior

Major: Animal Science

Mentors: Matt Cochran, DVM, MIA, IIAD program manager

Project: AgConnect®

Host Institution: The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases

2015 Undergraduate Interns
2015_RoehrMark Roehr

University: Colorado State University

Classification: Senior

Major: Environmental Health

Mentor: Joe Mask, Ph.D., IIAD and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service assistant professor and extension specialist

Program: Veterinary Science Certificate Program
2015_MillerJohnathan Miller

University: University of Wyoming

Classification: Junior

Major: Animal and Veterinary Science

Mentors: Ken Burton, DVM, program director and Craig Beardsley, program administrator, Kansas State University National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

Program: Livestock Emergency Response Plan

2014 Undergraduate Intern
2014_NovakVictoria Novak

University: Tulane University

Classification: Senior

Major: Public Health and Molecular Biology

Mentor: Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, IIAD program manager and theme leader for education and outreach systems and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Program: AgConnect®