The ACES Summer Internship Program is an 11-week program open to sophomores and juniors. The program started in the summer of 2008 with five student interns from NRES and the Animal Science Departments under the sponsorship of the College of ACES Office of Research (OR), in conjunction with its Office of Academic Affairs. In 2009, three new internship positions were created. In 2010, the eight DSAC internships were sponsored entirely by the OR and included students from the departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) and Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). In summer 2011, the program was expanded to 10 interns. In 2012 the intern program had 11 students and in 2013 it topped the charts with a total of 14 students including the departments of Human and Community Development, Agricultural and Consumer Economics and Agricultural Education Program. In 2014, another 14 students completed the program representing all 7 departments within the College of ACES.
The Internship Program gives ACES undergraduates a hands-on learning experience that covers all stages of research, from experimental design and layout to data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Each student intern is assigned a faculty mentor and an advisor. Before the program begins, several meetings are organized to help the students to develop a research project: steps include defining the hypothesis and objectives, designing the experiment, specifying the protocol, analyzing the data, making a budget, and identifying other project requirements.
Halfway through the program, students report on the progress of their research. At the end of the program, each intern writes a report and presents the research results. Click on the links below to learn more about the students and their work.