Each year, the Hauptman-Woodward Institute hosts a Student Intern Program for college and university undergraduate students. The program is supported by local companies, foundations, and individuals. The overall purpose of internships is not only to encourage students to pursue careers in the sciences, but also to make them aware of the exciting career opportunities that exist in Western New York. HWI offers students the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists using state-of-the-art equipment in the fields of molecular biology, crystal growth, X-ray diffraction, and computerized data analysis. Each apprentice is assigned to a specific project and is mentored by a Ph.D. level scientist. Students obtain hands-on experience, complete challenging experiments, and learn new concepts. They tell us that one of the aspects of the program that they enjoy the most is the opportunity to talk about science with the Institute’s scientists.
Students spend a minimum of 10 weeks on their project, and some also return during their winter and summer breaks. At the end of the summer, each student makes a short presentation about his or her work in front of the entire scientific staff. In the last three years our interns have joined with other summer interns from UB and Roswell Park for a research day where each student presents a poster on the work that they have done. An internship at HWI complements other educational experiences and equips students with knowledge and skills that are useful when they enter the workplace. If you are interested in becoming a student intern, follow the instructions below. Deadline for receipt of the application is February 15, 2017.
Dr. Bill Bauer, Education Director
Eligibility: College or University Undergraduate, prefer rising juniors and seniors, exceptions can be made for rising sophomores.
Required: 1. Application (below); 2. Current official college transcript; 3. Letter of recommendation from one of your science professors; 4. Personal interview. Initial triage will take place on the basis of marks and recommendation letter. You will be informed if you will have a personal interview. Send transcript and letter of recommendation to Dr. Bill Bauer, PhD, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, 700 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.
Our intern program is a real working experience. The program schedule is 8:30-4:30, 5 days a week, a minimum of 10 weeks. The stipend is $500 per week. We do not provide extra funds for travel or housing during the 10 week program.
All applications will be reviewed by our scientific staff in the early spring. The number of apprentice appointments we will be able to make will be contingent on availability of funding and staff to design and supervise appropriate projects. Candidates who are chosen for participation in our program will be notified no later than the middle of April.