Seasonal Student Opportunity for KY Mosquito Surveillance
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is located in Frankfort, KY. The Kentucky Department for Public Health and partners, initiated a mosquito surveillance program in 2017, the primary goal of which was to identify and describe the presence and abundance of mosquito species across the state. These surveillance efforts continued in 2018, applying lessons learned from the previous year. Local health department staff, in consultation with entomological experts, select trapping sites in their respective counties. LHD staff are responsible for collecting mosquito pools once a night for 12 weeks (total of 12 trap nights) and submitting mosquitos and data to a laboratory for speciation and virological testing. KDPH staff collect, analyze, and publish the data.
KDPH in collaboration with the CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is seeking applications for a self-motivated student intern to work during the summer of 2019. The anticipated start date is June 16th, 2019 and the anticipated end date is August 18th, 2019. Responsibilities will include the development, collection and compilation of all project-related data, manuscript drafting, and a formal presentation of the internship project to KDPH employees.
Student will be exposed to the principles of integrated mosquito management, mosquito trapping and surveillance, mosquito biology, and disease surveillance. The internship opportunity is a minimum of 9 weeks and maximum of 12 weeks. The intern will be required to work (at least) the months of June and July (maximum 15 hours a week). The intern will receive $15.00 an hour, therefore, the intern has the possibility of making $2700.00 over a 12 week period.
• Must be actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field with an accredited college or university
• Must be legally authorized to work in the United States
• Must have an interest in vector-borne diseases
• Ability to use Microsoft Excel
• Previous experience analyzing data
• Previous experience trapping mosquitos
• Demonstrated project leadership skills
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to work both independently and as a team member
• Experience with ArcGIS Mapping
To Apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity to tori.amburgey "at" ky.gov no later than April 20th. The full advertisement can also be found attached below.