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George Washington Carver Internship Program

George Washington Carver Internship ProgramThe George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program has been impacting and engaging the minds of high school and undergraduate student program participants for over 25 years. The internship program promotes “science with practice” by exposing interns to research opportunities under the direction of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) research faculty members. The program seeks to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; champion the value of graduate education; and prepare and recruit the best and brightest for undergraduate and graduate education at ISU.  The internship program further seeks to bridge the gap between lack of access to technology/information and opportunities to engage in experiential learning in an effort to increase the participation of students of color in STEM fields. In addition to their research experience, interns participate in weekly educational seminars, and social and cultural activities.

Projects/research activities vary based on the expertise of the faculty mentor to whom the intern is assigned.  Disciplines commonly providing opportunities are; agricultural and biosystems engineering, agricultural education and studies, agronomy, animal science, biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, entomology, food science and human nutrition, genetics, development and cell biology, horticulture, natural resource ecology and management, plant pathology and microbiology, and sociology. The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship program is open to ALL students. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Undergraduate Program

8 week program running from Monday, June 4, 2022 - Saturday, July 30, 2022. Undergraduate students are provided with room and board on campus, round-trip airfare, a meal plan, and a $4000 stipend.  

Note: Graduating seniors are eligible to apply. All application materials must be post-marked by March 3, 2022. This program is not open to Iowa State University students.

To be eligible, students must be:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • Note: High school students are not eligible to participate.

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Program Flier


Interns are required to; 

  • complete a research project in coordination with their faculty mentor,
  • prepare an abstract and written report, and
  • present their work (oral or poster) at the Research Symposium at the end of the program.

Each intern will participate in weekly professional development and educational activities.

Residence Assistants are available evenings and weekends for support.

Become a Faculty Mentor

Mentor responsibilities:

  • Provide a lab or field experience for students
    • Students should work between 35-40 hours a week
  • Provide guidance and constructive feedback
  • Personally commit to assisting the intern to develop and fulfill the objectives and requirements for the internship
  • Help the intern understand their progress and guide their growth.
  • Be available to the intern on a regular basis.
  • Oversee the intern's development of a research paper and poster for the final project.

Budget approximation for a Faculty Mentor:

  • $4,000 - Salary
  • $2,000 - Room
  • $800 - Board
  • $700 - Average transportation/airfare costs

Apply to be a mentor