N.C. State Seeking Students for N.C. Research Campus Internships

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N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is looking for interns to work and study at its state-of-the-art scientific facility at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis this summer. The Institute places interns in labs and fields with leading scientists for three months, offering hands-on experience with real-world fruit and vegetable research that aims to transform human health.

Students in the Charlotte region – both high school and college – are encouraged to apply at the Plants for Human Health Institute website (https://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/employment/internships/) where more details are available.

Christine Bradish, N.C. State graduate student and Kannapolis Scholar, researches raspberries at the Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, N.C.

The deadline for summer internship applications is March 26, 2012. The positions are paid and full-time from roughly May through August.

“Our internship program is a unique experience,” said Tara Vogelien, director of business operations, Plants for Human Health Institute. “Students have the opportunity to learn and work at the N.C. Research Campus with some of the finest facilities and scientists in the world. That looks great on a resume.”

Charlotte-area students are often involved with groundbreaking PHHI projects. In 2011, a group of Davidson University students played a role in sequencing the blueberry genome with Dr. Allan Brown, molecular geneticist with PHHI. Launched in 2010, N.C. State’s Kannapolis Scholars program immerses graduate students in transdisciplinary research at the N.C. Research Campus to solve complex problems involving functional foods and human health.

About Plants for Human Health Institute
The N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute is part of the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Its Cooperative Extension outreach is known as N.C. MarketReady. The campus is a public-private venture including eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) and corporate entities that collaborate to advance the fields of nutrition and health.

Writer: Justin Moore