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Undergraduate Virtual Internship Opportunity

Undergraduate Virtual Internship Opportunity

The Franciscan Institute for World Health (FIWH) in partnership with AbbVie is co-coordinating this unique, not-for-profit, learning opportunity for undergraduates exclusively for educational, humanitarian, and career learning purposes. In 2021, the program is inviting undergraduates from Augustana College, Ave Maria University, Bluffton University, Calvin College, Carleton College, Cornell College, Duquesne University, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Goshen College, Grinnell College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Louisiana State University, Saint Francis University, University of Dallas, and West Virginia University

The internship, now in its eleventh year, is a 10 week, 30 hour/week, virtual internship experience of collaborative research on Neglected Tropical Disease targets side-by-side with AbbVie Medicinal Chemists and Dr. Jeffrey Rohde. Interns will participate in a critical step in this global effort: helping to design new small molecules as potential novel drug therapies. With access to state-of-the art scientific modeling tools, students will learn to conduct medicinal chemistry research and regularly give updates on their efforts in team meetings. The summer will conclude for each intern with a poster and/or PowerPoint presentation to the full project team and a performance evaluation of their summer work by their project supervisor.

Interns will be expected to participate remotely via company provided laptops (provided for the summer) from their homes. Prospective candidates must submit a resume, a current transcript (unofficial or official, including spring 2021 courses), a statement of reason for applying (200-500 word essay), and 2 letters of recommendation (sent directly from the recommender) to One of the letters of recommendation must be from one of the applicant’s organic chemistry course instructors. The application period opens March 10, 2021, and all applications must be initiated online at Review of complete application packages will begin on Friday, March 26, 2021.