seeking summer Internships

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is pleased to announce the 2022 Summer Internship Program. The goal is to provide meaningful on-the-job training and real-world leadership development experiences in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), data analysis and market/scientific research. To be considered for the 2022 IALR Internship Program, candidates must be: a High School graduate with plans to attend college in fall 2022; an undergraduate or graduate level college student; OR a recent college graduate, within the last 12 months.

IALR is offering up to fourteen internship opportunities across nine areas. Each internship requires 224 hours*, representing an eight (8) week commitment. This is a paid experience with professional expectations. Interns will receive a total of $3,250, paid semimonthly. The weekly time commitment is 28 hours. The IALR Mentor will set the work schedule during the intern orientation. 

* Due to lingering uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, IALR reserves the right to modify and/or cancel the internship program. Modifications could include a shortened timeframe with a pro-rated adjustment to the paid compensation, alternate assignments, and/or adjustments to work-site location. The internship opportunities are primarily face-to-face.

Project Descriptions: 

 AgTech Research
(224 hours over 8 weeks; up to two positions)
Mentor: Scott Lowman, Ph.D., Director of Research

Interested in cutting edge technology to sustainably feed a growing population? Join the IALR and Virginia Tech Team in the newly created Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center for a summer research internship. Activities include participating in next generation indoor agriculture experiments in vertical racks and other hydroponic growing systems, data collection and analysis, maintain systems, and experimental design.

 Coding and Robotics
(224 hours over 8 weeks; up to two positions)
Mentor: Scott Lowman, Ph.D., Director of Research

Interested in engineering and computer science? The coding and robotics internship opportunity is focused on further developing on IALR’s Smart table robotic plant imaging system. Activities include coding in python, data analytics, part design and fabrication including 3D printing, and performing experiments. The engineering design principle will be highlighted throughout the experience. 

(224 hours over 8 weeks; up to two positions)
Mentor: Scott Lowman, Ph.D., Director of Research

 Interested in microbiology and molecular biology? Join the team of IALR scientists to explore the mechanisms and underlying genetic drivers that allow bacteria that live inside plants to promote plant growth and health. Potential research topics include genomic sequence data analysis including assemble and annotation, performing assays, and other lab activities.

 Research and data analysis for the Southern Virginia Region
(224 hours over 8 weeks; up to two positions)
Mentor:  Linda Hutson Green, Executive Director, SVRA

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance (SVRA) is housed at IALR and works with the City of Danville and the counties of Halifax, Patrick and Pittsylvania to create a strong economy that benefits the citizens of Southern Virginia by promoting the region through marketing and public relations efforts.  The SVRA intern will conduct research and analysis for the region and aide in communications of the information through social media and other methods.  As an integral part of the economic development team, the intern would need experience utilizing Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and enjoy collecting and analyzing data.  The intern needs to be sensitive with the use of confidential information.  While there is not a specific age or educational requirement, experience with collecting and disseminating data or utilizing social medial and Microsoft Office would prove beneficial. Specific tasks could entail:

  • assisting with research on demographics, industry sectors, and locality profiles;
  • maintaining a database of information for review and analysis;
  • cataloging news articles, including clipping, organizing and scanning into the computer distribution system,   and collecting news feeds and search information;
  • researching regional, local and industry issues;
  • helping to maintain regional profiles of demographics and econometric information;
  • assisting with meetings and events; and 
  • completing other projects as assigned.  

Marketing and Communications

(224 hours over 8 weeks)
Mentor:  Allison Moore, Public Relations and Communications Manager

 IALR Marketing and Communications intern will work to assist with marketing and communications of technical and scientific information for the IALR. Responsibilities may include:

  • Reporting on activities and events at the IALR involving STEM, camps, research projects, and other areas that cross scientific, technical and STEM fields
  • Assisting with photography and videography of summer STEM-related events
  • Supporting graphic design projects
  • Helping produce social media editorial content
  • Supporting facility tours – specializing in a knowledge of STEM-related activities and labs
  • Assisting with technical writing
  • Providing research on technical journals and publications for IALR
  • Collecting and analyzing analytics from website and social media platforms

STEM and ExperienceWorks
(224 hours over 8 weeks; up to two positions)
Mentor:  Julie Brown, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Learning & AL Managers

The Advanced Learning Intern(s) will assist the department with various talent development and STEM programs, supporting the ExperienceWorks system and summer camps. In addition, the interns will assist with efforts to establish and promote the Wonder Community of Lifelong Learning. There is opportunity to define a project based on the intern’s academic major and/or career interests.

The intern will need experience in using the Microsoft Office suite and in conducting Internet research. The Intern(s) will need to be self-motivated, as there will be independent tasks as well as meetings with external stakeholders.

Information Technology
(224 hours over 8 weeks)
Mentor:  Tim Kruggel, Information Technology Manager

The IT Intern will support several projects:

  • Updating Campus drawings and room documentation
  • Conversions of patch panels in the IT equipment closets
  • Updating and provisioning laptops and workstations
  • Audio/Video network testing and documentation

Individuals should have an interest in IT hardware and software applications, along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. 

Facilities Maintenance
(224 hours over 8 weeks)
Mentor: Stewart East, Facilities Maintenance Manager

The IALR’s growing campus includes four existing buildings totaling 170,000 square feet, with an additional 50,000 sq. ft. facility opening in the late summer of 2022.

The Facilities Maintenance Intern will support several projects:

  • Updating, categorizing, and prioritizing the facilities safety checklist system on Microsoft Teams
  • Updating an inventory list of parts and supplies.
  • Developing and updating IALR’s campus safety signage to meet current codes and regulations.
  • Helping to perform daily operations and assisting with Helpdesk tickets.

The intern should have an interest in facilities operations and must have the ability to work alone or as part of a team. Computer literacy and ability to use MS Office is a must, along with some trade school or trade experience background. 

Conference Center
(224 hours over 8 weeks)
Mentor: Leslie Dobbins, Director Institute Conference Center & Operations

The Conference Center plays a key role in the IALR’s mission to drive Economic transformation to Southern Virginia. The premier meeting facilities attract businesses and organizations, training workshops, and conferences from all over the state, the region and beyond.

  • The Conference Center intern will conduct research and analysis on Virginia Associations, that hold monthly, semi -annual, or annual meetings and conferences throughout the commonwealth.
  • The Intern will update and refine the existing Constant Contact database used to market the Conference Center.
  • The Intern will have the opportunity to review & analyze the database for Megabytes Café and identify ways to broaden the reach of the Institute’s popular and unique dining option.
  • The intern must be proficient in Excel, Word and Power-point, along with a strong desire to research and collect data.


The application must be submitted online along with one reference. Please submit all other documents by email attachment to  Include “Your Name – Summer Internship” in the subject line.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: As part of the process, each individual is asked to submit a short personal essay (approximately 300 words). The essay should discuss your academic and career plans, STEM/research/marketing interests (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics), motives for applying for the IALR Internship Program, and how you feel this experience will further your intellectual, educational, and career goals.

FINANCIAL NEED STATEMENT (OPTIONAL): This is a short statement (200-300 words) that explains why you would benefit from receiving a paid internship. How are you currently financing your education? What difficulties have you faced when paying for your education? What other forms of financial assistance have you applied for and/or received? Are you having difficulty securing FT employment? (Please note that ALL applicants are welcome to complete this part.)


Deadline for completed application packet:  March 18, 2022 at 4:00pm (EST)
Candidate interviews (via Zoom):  March 24 – 25, 2022 (please mark on your calendar)
Intern notification of selection:  April 1, 2022
Mandatory orientation dates (ALL interns):  June 6, 2021 OR June 13, 2021


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