Advanced Platform Technology Center
Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Summer Internship Program (SIP)
2023 Advanced Platform Technology Center Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI) Summer Internship Program (APT DEI SIP)
***Applications are now in review. Applicants will receive an update on their application status shortly.***
2023 Summer Internship Application
Located at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio), the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center is a national VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center created to capture innovations at the forefront of microelectronics and materials science and apply them to the clinical needs of disabled veterans. Along these lines, the core research activities of the center are concentrated in the following four major areas:
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Neural Interfaces
- Health Monitoring and Maintenance
- Activity-Based Neurorehabilitation
For more information go to: http://www.aptcenter.research.va.gov/
The purpose of this summer internship program is to enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, health services and rehabilitative research workforce by providing research experiences and related opportunities that can enrich the pool of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including nationally underrepresented groups, veterans, and disabled individuals who will be available to compete for future research opportunities in the mission areas of importance to the VA.
About the Program
The Advanced Platform Technology Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Summer Internship Program (APT DEI SIP) is for undergraduate STEM and PreHealth (Medical, Nursing, Physical Therapy) students who have completed at least their sophomore year of college. The 10-week program, under the guidance of Drs. Allison Hess-Dunning and Jeff Capadona, APT-SIP Advisors, is scheduled from May 30, 2023 to August 4, 2023. Up to 8 interns will be selected. The internship will allow undergraduate STEM students to participate in cutting-edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class investigators at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic and other academic affiliates.
As part of the selection process, applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for the investigator they will work with during the internship. Once selected, the investigator and intern will create a specific mini project. This mini project will constitute the core experience for the internship. In addition, students will receive mentoring, participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and will present their research findings at the end of summer research symposium.
- Applicants must have completed at least two years (4 semesters or 6 quarters) of undergraduate study in a STEM degree program by the start of the 2023 summer with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Applicants must plan to return to undergraduate school or start a graduate program in fall 2023.
- The APT Center is committed to the VA Office of Research & Development’s efforts to promote diversity in the VA workforce. The following underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. However, these criteria are intended to increase the applicant pool but will not be used as a final determinative factor in selecting participants for this program.
- U.S. Veterans
- Sons or Daughters of US Veterans
- Individuals with a disability, defined as one with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
- Individuals from a racial / ethnic group that has been shown by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be underrepresented in health-related sciences. (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander)
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+)
- Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as those who meet TWO or more of the following criteria:
- Were or currently are homeless
- Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families
- Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years
- Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor's degree
- Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants
- Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as a parent or child
- Grew up in one of the following areas:
- a) A U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer, or
- b) A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professoinal Shortage Areas
- Students from low socioeconomic (SES) status backgrounds have been shown to obtain bachelor's and advanced degrees at significantly lower rates than students from middle and high SES groups and are subsequently less likely to be represented in biomedical research.
- Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds face challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields.
- Exceptional applicants who are interested, but may not meet all of the above criteria, should contact email@example.com prior to submission.
All DEI data collected will be kept confidential and only be used for internal VA program reporting. Some general aggregate class data may be used for future program description (school attended, major, city/state location, etc.)
How to Apply
Applicant will submit the following materials via the online application: 2023 Summer Internship Application
- A completed APT Center SIP Application Form
- A resume that contains information about your education, recent work/research experience, activities, awards and publications
- An unofficial transcript detailing your university courses and grades
- Two letters of recommendation: Letters should come from individuals who are familiar with your academic or work/research performance, such as faculty or supervisor, and who can comment on your suitability for this program.
- If you have already discussed working with an APT Center Investigator, a letter of support from that Investigator should be included and can count as one of the recommendations.
- Applicants may be contacted for a virtual interview
The intern selection process will be performed by a panel of APT Center Investigators using a scoring system based on the information submitted in the application.
- Deadline for submitting the application and reference letters is February 12, 2023 (**Extended from January 31, 2023**)
- Notification of selected interns will be on or about February 28, 2023
- Intern must accept or decline by March 12, 2023
Compensation, Housing, and Travel Benefits
All interns will receive an hourly wage of $15/hr for the duration of their ten week, 40 hr/week internship. Housing (if needed) will be provided through Case Western Reserve University. Out-of-state students will receive travel assistance, up to $1000.
The SIP Experience
“I realize that I learned a lot in 2 months - not only the science, but also the way to present the work.” “My work interested a researcher in the brain-computer interface field who would like to build future collaborations with our lab.” – Keying Chen, 2017
“I faced some setbacks in my own project, but was able to reach a strong completion point… I am happy with my ability to complete my work while given some autonomy and look forward to continuing this work throughout the school year.” – Keith Dona, 2017
“I did not even know I could do that [take the lead on a project and work on it independently] before I started this summer, but now I have the confidence to continue this project and take on other challenges in the future.” – Fangze “Helen” Liu, 2017
“I had the opportunity to learn to use software such as Maxwell Electronic Workbench and how to utilize a supercomputing cluster for computational problems. I enjoyed my time in the APT-SIP and I hope to continue this project in the fall semester.” – Josh Rosenberg, 2017
"I definitely learned a lot this summer. This was my first time working in a non bio lab so I got a lot of hands on experience with the devices and instruments." "[My mentor, Dr. Allison Hess-Dunning] taught me a lot about the research process and presenting scientific findings." – Hayden Koerwer, 2018
"I applied to this program, because of the emphasis on the mentor-mentee relationship. I was also very excited about planning a mini project, because taking ownership of a project is a great way to practice designing an experiment from start to finish and thinking on your feet when things go wrong." – Marina Yu, 2018
"Over the summer, I was given the opportunity to construct a new Magnetic Breakaway Connector (MBC) for the at-home sensory restoration device used with subjects in the lab. I have completed my initial prototype and will be staying in Dr. Tyler's lab to test and tweak the design over the next year." – Noel Jeansonne, 2018
"I wrapped up my summer work by submitting a paper to the 2018 IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology Symposium. I learned so much about signal processing and how to handle my own project, and look forward to continuing my research here this year." – Stephanie Chin, 2018