The Institute continues to build the region’s workforce capacity by providing eight paid summer internship opportunities to current students and recent graduates. The internships are four or eight week opportunities to work directly with Institute staff in the areas of research, finance, and economic development funded by the IALR Foundation. 

Alana Baker recently received her PhD from East Carolina University and is working with Linda Green (SVRA). Daniel Caccavelli is an Averett University graduate and is studying SMART tables under the direction of Dr. Lowman. Zach Taylor is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Virginia Tech and is studying the characterization of endophytes with Dr. Mei. Alexander Pradhan is a student at the University of Virginia and is working with Dr. Da. Blake Adkins is a student at Virginia Tech and working with Dr. Lowman. Ariana Colon-Sifre and Hammad Nasir are both AET students and working with Dr. Lowman to further study the applications of our SMART tables. Angelica Orlikowski is an Averett University student and is working with Pat Chatt in the Finance Department.

“Internships provide critical work-based learning experiences for young adults. Not only will they learn technical skills, they will develop the essential skills required in any profession. IALR and the IALR Foundation are pleased to offer these opportunities,” said Dr. Julie Brown, Director of Advanced Learning. 

First row (left to right): Blake Adkins, Daniel Caccavelli, Alana Baker, Ariana Colon-Sifre; Back row: Hammad Nasir, Zach Taylor, and Alexander Pradhan Not Pictured: Angelica Orlikowski