There are several internships available at Fort Keogh this summer. Please send your application package to the mentor you will be interested in working with by March 21, 2014.
Dr. Richard Waterman, Range/Nutrition Internship (email@example.com)
Jennifer Muscha, Range Internship (Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Tom Geary, Beef Cattle Reproduction (Tom.email@example.com)
Application Instructions: Send a letter of introduction along with a resume and your transcripts. The address is 243 Fort Keogh Road.
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Mentor Scientist: Dr. Tom Geary
Project Description: The selected student will be part of a team of scientists and other students to evaluate differences between eggs collected from the ovaries of cows just before ovulation. The student will assist with handling cows and collection of tissue using ultrasound-guided needle biopsies. Each intern will participate in experimental design, collection, microscopic evaluation of eggs and embryo development. From these experiences, students will work with the mentoring scientist, laboratory technician and graduate students in preparation and delivery of a formal PowerPoint presentation to location staff. Techniques and guidance will be provided at every step of the way. The intern will also receive hands on experience with several other laboratory and field research projects related to animal reproduction including assistance with biological sample preparation, hormone assays, media preparation, cattle handling, ultrasound evaluation of ovarian structures and pregnancy, blood collection, and sperm evaluation with a microscope. Individual objectives will include:
Development and microscopic assessment of embryos from in vitro fertilization of eggs collected from large and small follicles.
Hormone production from granulosa cells cultured from large and small follicles.
Development and microscopic assessment of embryos derived from in vitro fertilization using semen with specific biochemical abnormalities
Pregnancy establishment and maintenance in cattle following artificial insemination using semen with known biochemical deficiencies.
Completion of these projects in 8 weeks is feasible but it is possible that funding will allow for an additional 4 weeks of work. Students will give an oral presentation to the staff at the end of the apprenticeship-internship. Students will be expected to assist with occasional animal handlings on some weekends, but will not be expected to work more than 40 hours per week.
Preferred/Required Experience: No prior experience or coursework is required, but we would prefer to hire students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, science, or medicine.
Pay Grade/Hourly Salary: GS 3 $12.07/hour; typically requires one year of college and 6 semester hours of math/science courses.
Application Instructions: Send a letter of introduction along with a resume and your transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Tom Geary, USDA-ARS, 243 Fort Keogh Road, Miles City, MT 59301. Applications must be received by March 10, 2014.
For more information on ARS employment, please visit the following websites:
ARS Employment Opportunities
Montana Agricultural Experiment Station Openings*
NPA ARS Diversity Outreach
About Miles City, Montana*
USDA, ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory
243 Fort Keogh Rd., Miles City, MT 59301
Phone: 406-874-8200, Fax: 406-874-8289