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2017 Summer Mosquito-borne Virus Surveillance Job/Internship

West Nile Virus (WNV) Field Technician (6 positions available)

Students enrolled in any Indiana college or university and who will be residing in Indiana from May through August 2017 are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to students who will be living in areas of Indiana where additional surveillance is most needed, especially northwest and southeast Indiana.

Job Duties:

The paid interns will assist with the mosquito-borne virus surveillance program of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Intern duties will include trapping mosquitoes for virus identification using gravid traps designed for disease vector collection. The locations for these collections will be determined in consultation with the ISDH Field Vector-borne Epidemiology Director. Each intern will receive training in mosquito identification and other tasks needed for their work during 2-day training sessions at the ISDH Entomology Laboratory in Indianapolis.

These positions will be available mid-to late May through August 1, 2017. If the applicant is a Ball State University student, he or she may enroll for internship credit. Each intern must agree to work for at least a 10-week period of the project May 26, 2017 to August 1, 2017. Each intern must have a valid Driver’s License, access to a reliable vehicle, and be willing to drive the vehicle on State business. Travel expenses will be reimbursed at $0.38 per mile. The hourly wage is $12 per hour at a maximum of 29 hours per week.

Interested students should submit: 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of interest, a description of any previous background and experience in entomology, disease ecology, or epidemiology, and the Indiana county of summer residence; 2) an unofficial copy of academic transcripts; and 3) one letter of reference from a faculty member to:

Dr. Randy Bernot

Department of Biology

Ball State University

Muncie, IN 47306-0440

rjbernot@bsu.edu

765.285.8844

Electronic applications (as email attachments) are encouraged. Review of applications will begin immediately and interviews will begin March 2017.