VI4 Science Communication Internship in partnership with ASPIRE

This internship provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary graduate students to work with the VI4 Social Media Coordinator each semester to execute creative communication strategies through both traditional and social media platforms. They interpret data and design infographics and animations. In addition, they work together on a group project, ImmuKnow+, which aims to incorporate different elements of science communication.

 

What do the interns do?

  • Generate written content and images on current research and discoveries
  • Monitor and post on social networks
  • Curate and report on faculty and trainee publications
  • Produce engaging content in the VI4/PMI self-serve video studio
  • Design graphic materials to accompany various communications
  • Contribute to website design
  • Assist in making marketing and creative materials for community outreach programs

Internship Details:

  • Internship runs on a semester basis, with the opportunity to extend to the following semester pending review.
  • Internship is unpaid.
  • Part-time (~10 hours per week), flexible and a mix of on campus and remote work.

Eligibility:

  • Internship participants must be a current Vanderbilt University Ph.D. student or a current postdoctoral fellow both during the application period and for the duration of the internship.
  • All Ph.D. students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical Ph.D. students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.

 

The internship application will open in June for Fall 2021.

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Meet the Spring 2021 Interns

Taylor Engdahl

Taylor Engdahl is a Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, MD. At Vanderbilt, Taylor studies viruses and antibodies in the laboratory of Dr. James Crowe within the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. She hopes to use her training in the virology and immunology to become a scientific policy advisor advocating for pandemic preparedness and vaccine research.

Sara Melow

Sara Melow is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. David Cliffel. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Her love of collaborations and communicating science grew from her research there where she worked with a local whiskey distillery to develop a portable alcohol sensor for their use. Now, Sara's current research focuses on developing sensors for monitoring cellular metabolism after treatment. While in this lab, Sara has mentored, taught, and led several undergraduate and graduate students, continually developing her science communication skills. She hopes to hone her writing skills and finally make a successful transition to industry where she will explore roles in scientific communication.

Sohini Roy, Ph.D.

Sohini Roy, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Otolaryngology in the lab of Dr. Young Kim. She received her Ph.D. in cancer biology and immunology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. At Vanderbilt, Sohini is currently focusing on immune cell metabolism in the progression of head and neck cancer. In her free time, she has volunteered to write articles for science communication. She enjoys learning about new research and presenting it in simplified words for everyone to read and enjoy. Sohini is still exploring different avenues of scientific writing and working to hone her writing skills. After completing her post-doctoral tenure, she wishes to make a successful transition to medical writing.

Karisa Calvitti

 

Karisa Calvitti is the Social Media Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4) and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Communications from Lycoming College, where she studied digital filmmaking, visual media, and business administration. At VI4, Karisa runs the social media accounts, creates graphic materials, and maintains the website. She is also the mentor for the VI4 Science Communication Internship.

Meet the Spring 2021 Interns

Taylor Engdahl

Taylor Engdahl is a Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, MD. At Vanderbilt, Taylor studies viruses and antibodies in the laboratory of Dr. James Crowe within the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. She hopes to use her training in the virology and immunology to become a scientific policy advisor advocating for pandemic preparedness and vaccine research.

 

Sara Melow

Sara Melow is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. David Cliffel. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Her love of collaborations and communicating science grew from her research there where she worked with a local whiskey distillery to develop a portable alcohol sensor for their use. Now, Sara's current research focuses on developing sensors for monitoring cellular metabolism after treatment. While in this lab, Sara has mentored, taught, and led several undergraduate and graduate students, continually developing her science communication skills. She hopes to hone her writing skills and finally make a successful transition to industry where she will explore roles in scientific communication.

 

Sohini Roy, Ph.D.

Sohini Roy, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Otolaryngology in the lab of Dr. Young Kim. She received her Ph.D. in cancer biology and immunology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. At Vanderbilt, Sohini is currently focusing on immune cell metabolism in the progression of head and neck cancer. In her free time, she has volunteered to write articles for science communication. She enjoys learning about new research and presenting it in simplified words for everyone to read and enjoy. Sohini is still exploring different avenues of scientific writing and working to hone her writing skills. After completing her post-doctoral tenure, she wishes to make a successful transition to medical writing.

 

Internship Mentor

Karisa Calvitti

 

Karisa Calvitti is the Social Media Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4) and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Digital Communications from Lycoming College, where she studied digital filmmaking, visual media, and business administration. At VI4, Karisa runs the social media accounts, creates graphic materials, and maintains the website. She is also the mentor for the VI4 Science Communication Internship.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Past Interns

Fall 2020 - Caroline Cencer, Christopher Hofmann, and Sohini Roy, Ph.D.