We are seeking your assistance in getting the 2010 QEM summer internship information out to eligible students.

Attached are a flyer (in .pdf) and application packet (in Powerpoint and .pdf) describing Summer 2010 internship opportunities for students. The application packet describes internship opportunities in the Washington, DC area, with placements at the National Science Foundation (NSF), for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline. The ten-week internship opportunities (June 1-August 6, 2010) are made possible through funding to QEM from NSF¹s Office of Integrative Activities. The QEM/NSF internships will provide round-trip airfare, assistance with local transportation costs, summer housing on a local college campus, and a $3,000 stipend for undergraduates ($4,000 for graduate students), payable in three

To be eligible for science internships at NSF, an applicant must be a citizen or national of the United States and must be a rising junior or
senior, or a graduate student, currently enrolled in a science or engineering degree program at a minority-serving institution or at a non-minority institution with a track record in producing science and/or engineering graduates from underrepresented groups. Other eligibility requirements are listed in the application packet.

During the internship, following a one-week orientation at QEM, science student interns will be mentored by NSF program officers who are involved in implementing science policies and in managing/directing programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The interns will have opportunities to further develop their research, communications (oral and written), and other professional skills as well as to become a part of a peer network that includes students from across the country who are serving as summer interns in other QEM or NSF internship programs. Interns will be expected to prepare, and discuss with their mentors, individual development plans; conduct a research project under the guidance of their mentors; submit mid-term and final written reports to QEM; and make oral presentations throughout the summer. In addition to the ten-week summer internship, interns will be strongly encouraged to implement science-oriented outreach activities during the academic year when they return to their home institutions to continue their studies. These activities would focus on pre-college students residing, or attending school, in neighboring communities.

We would appreciate your downloading and posting the flyer on departmental bulletin boards to further ensure that students are aware of this career development opportunity. Please distribute the application packet to eligible students and feel free to duplicate as needed. On-line copies of the application are available for download at http://qemnetwork.qem.org/internship.htm, along with additional Program
information. The application deadline is Friday, February 12, 2010. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

The internship is a wonderful educational opportunity and we would greatly appreciate your encouraging students you believe could benefit from this experience to apply.

Sincerely yours,

Shirley M. McBay, President
QEM Network
1818 N Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036

For more information/application:



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