The Tick Surveillance Internship connects interested students to key host sites throughout the southeastern United States. Interns receive a stipend and are trained on a region-wide tick surveillance effort, both in the field and in the lab.
Surveillance activities by our largest intern cohort in SECVBD history, consisting of 23 dedicated tick surveillance interns spanning 8 states of the southeast, are well underway. Interns are hosted by vector-borne disease experts throughout the region and support a unified effort for the rigorous surveillance of ticks, including tick abundance, distribution, identification, and vouchering. This effort also will enable spatial mapping of tick vector distribution, which will be used to create a suite of species distribution models for the region. Host sites are also harmonizing tick-borne pathogen testing for ticks collected across the southeastern United States, laying the groundwork for expanded tick and tick-borne disease surveillance. Host sites include the University of Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina, Appalachian State University, Tennessee Department of Health, University of Missouri, Georgia Department of Health, Old Dominion University, and the University of Kentucky. This supplemental internship program bolsters our existing summer internship program, supports Program Project 3, and further invests in the next generation of public health entomologists. Say hello if you run into one of the many tick surveillance interns in the field!