Araport Internship Program


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Students and educators!

The Araport project offers exciting internship opportunities every summer.


The 2015 internship program has wrapped up and we want to thank all of our interns for their hard work this summer. Take a look at the 2015 Summer Intern Posters!


Internship Program for Biology Teachers

This program helps educators develop lesson plans and classroom materials for their high school and college level biology classes. Teacher interns develop teaching modules that explore plant physiology, evolution, or ecology while applying techniques of bioinformatics, statistics, and data analysis. The interns' materials become part of the publicly accessible Teaching Resources on the Araport web site.


Internship Program for High School and College Students

This program targets high school and college undergraduate students who have interests in biology and computer programming. The interns benefit from technical training in using modern web technologies (e.g. JavaScript, JQuery, CSS, python), exposure to best practices of software development (e.g. loose coupling, source code control, virtual environments), and implementing transformations on data types that are important to modern bioinformatics. The skills learned are extremely relevant to science and valuable in many other fields as well. Successful interns will see their source code and software products freely available on the Araport web site.


Get Involved!

The internship program started in 2014 and runs ever summer. The internships require full-time attendance (40 hours per week) for an 8 or 12 week period. Interns will be paid hourly wages determined by their level of education. The internships are currently held at JCVI headquarters in Rockville Maryland USA. (Internships in Austin Texas USA are possible.)

High school and college students with experience and interests in the biological and computer sciences should apply for internship programs on the JCVI Careers web site. Applicants are usually considered in February, contacted in March, and selected in April. Applicants should demonstrate their creative talents plus their curiosity and enthusiasm for science. Applicants should have experience, education, or interest in at least one of these areas: plant biology, genomics, bioinformatics, databases, programming, web design, science education. For CS-oriented applicants, understanding of web technology (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) or programming (Python, Unix, Git) will be an advantage.