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.

 

Application for Spring 2022 will open November 2021.

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Meet the Fall 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.

Adriana Norris

Adriana Norris is a Ph.D. candidate in Todd Graham's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She is currently studying two novel mouse models of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Adriana aims to make science and academia more accessible to the public through her science communication efforts. She likes to bike in her free time and spend time with her dog, Boscoe, and her cat, Squeak. Engage with Adriana on her social media accounts!

Helen Parrington

Helen Parrington is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt and is mentored by Dr. James Crowe Jr. in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Helen obtained her B.S. in Biology (Biotechnology Track) from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015. She then did a postbaccalaureate under Dr. Mark Connors in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, Helen mainly worked on developing recombinant adenoviruses as part of an HIV vaccine project. Helen was accepted to Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in 2017 and joined Dr. Crowe’s lab the following year. Currently her research focuses on isolating and characterizing human monoclonal antibodies against zoonotic paramyxoviruses such as Sosuga Virus. Helen is an advocate for One Health initiatives and has high interest in bat-borne viruses with goals of studying factors in zoonosis.

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 Fall 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.

 

Adriana Norris

Adriana Norris is a Ph.D. candidate in Todd Graham's lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University. She is currently studying two novel mouse models of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Adriana aims to make science and academia more accessible to the public through her science communication efforts. She likes to bike in her free time and spend time with her dog, Boscoe, and her cat, Squeak. Engage with Adriana on her social media accounts!

 

Helen Parrington

Helen Parrington is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt and is mentored by Dr. James Crowe Jr. in the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center. Helen obtained her B.S. in Biology (Biotechnology Track) from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2015. She then did a postbaccalaureate under Dr. Mark Connors in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, Helen mainly worked on developing recombinant adenoviruses as part of an HIV vaccine project. Helen was accepted to Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP) in 2017 and joined Dr. Crowe’s lab the following year. Currently her research focuses on isolating and characterizing human monoclonal antibodies against zoonotic paramyxoviruses such as Sosuga Virus. Helen is an advocate for One Health initiatives and has high interest in bat-borne viruses with goals of studying factors in zoonosis.

 

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.

Spring 2021 - Taylor Engdahl, Sara Melow, and Sohini Roy, Ph.D.