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Paid Internship Opportunity with the Army

Date inactive: 6/10/2013

The United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command places a great emphasis on broadening students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to inspire them to consider careers in these fields. One of the ways we hope to accomplish this is through our summer STEM program called GEMS (Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science).  

GEMS Near-Peer Mentor Job Description
U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) Fort Detrick Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Sciences (GEMS) near-peer mentor is responsible for guiding middle school and high school student interns through science and engineering experiments. The goal of the GEMS program is to broaden students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to inspire them to consider careers in these fields. The mentor will complete training prior to the start of the program. The training session will teach the mentor how to relate to students, present experiments, and practice the planned curriculum. College students are eligible to apply for a near-peer mentor internship position.

Responsibilities include:
- Supervising students
- Preparing laboratory materials
- Learning protocols and procedures
- Work individually with high school leaders (assistant near-peer mentors) and guide interns to advanced classes and assist with college questions
- Guiding students through course material
- Helping students foster positive attitudes toward STEM education
- Maintaining ethical behavior at all times, acting as a role model and mentor for the GEMS student interns

- Network with scientists and professionals from USAMRMC laboratories
- Work on advanced-level science experiments and engineering projects
- Mentor, teach, and influence America’s future
- Enhance ability to pursue possible STEM career pathways
- Selection into a very competitive STEM program
- Competitive pay (based on completed semester hours)

Dates, Times, and Locations:
USAMRIID Fort Detrick GEMS Program is located in Frederick County at Hood College and Washington County at Hagerstown Community College.

Training: June 10th-14th at Hood College (401 Rosemont Ave Fredrick, MD 21701); July 8th-12th at Hood College (401 Rosemont Ave Fredrick, MD 21701)

Program: June 17–20 , June 24–27, July 1–5 (excluding July 4), July 15–18 ,July 29–August 1, August 5–8
Student Interns participate in the program for 4 days.
Near-peer mentor’s internship is 5 days a week.
Wrap-up: August 12th- 16th

If you have any questions about the GEMS program or would like to receive a digital copy of the application contact Lauren Beeson, 301-619-7942, usamrmceducationaloutreach@amedd.army.mil.  How to Apply.  • Resource Teacher and Near-Peer Mentor applications for the USAMRMC GEMS program vary by location. Please check the web site regularly for submission dates.  Apply online at http://www.usaeop.com/ .