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Project Feed 1010 Ambassador Program: Institute for Systems Biology

 

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is honored to partner with Mayor Murray’s Youth Employment Initiative to offer paid internships for upcoming juniors and seniors who are interested in food sustainability and food security through ISB’s Project Feed 1010 (PF1010). In 2016, this ambassador program was pioneered by 18 high school juniors from schools around the Puget Sound with resounding success. Through this opportunity, students were trained through hands-on, real world experiences to tackle the global food security crisis and then supported as they developed and implemented a plan to integrate their newfound knowledge into their schools and community centers. Students applying for this program should be excited to be an ambassador and enact positive change in their communities, be a curious and responsible self-starter, and be interested in maintaining a collaborative relationship with the PF1010 team beyond the summer internship. Applications will be accepted from upcoming junior and senior students and preference will be given to students who would be willing to work with an applicant from the same school throughout the following school year as they implement PF1010 into their communities.

 

Job opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields are rapidly expanding, and soon there will be more jobs than people that can fulfill them! Gaining real-world experience in systems biology and sustainable agriculture will expand character skills essential for effective personal and professional communication as well as problem solving skills crucial to innovation and discovery in the future.

 

Experiences

– Network with and work alongside scientists in a state-of-the-art research institute
– Get trained in solving problems, such as food security, using a systems approach
– Design and engineer an aquaponic system in an urban community garden space
– Learn from and get your hands dirty with experts in urban farming

 

Outcomes

– Design and conduct experiments related to sustainable food production
– Communicate your research findings to ISB scientists and community members
– Develop a plan to integrate PF1010 into your school and/or community center
– Create resources for others to use, accessible through your PF1010 website profile

 

Schedule

– From July 5th through August 15, 2017 work Monday, Wednesday and Fridays (~21 hours/week)
– Work with scientists, educators, students, and farmers both in a research lab and in the community
– Be involved in training and research through various on- and off-site opportunities
– Collaborate with PF1010 during the school year as you integrate the program into your community

 

Resources

1. Take a moment to learn from our past ambassadors on our ambassador’s profile pages.
2. Check out how becoming an ambassador unlocked other opportunities for Gabby Alonso here.

 

What did past PF1010 ambassadors have to say?

“It was a collaborative experience that taught me a lot and gave me tools to revolutionize my community.”

“This internship shows what happens when people in different fields work together to tackle a global issue.”

“I enjoyed making so many connections, and the support that I was offered in helping me integrate my plan into my school was great!”

“I learned so much about sustainable agriculture and how it positively impacts our environment. The greatest benefit was being able to network with the urban farmers from Microsoft who are working with aquaponics and hydroponics.”