JIFSAN Internships

Internship Projects

The JIFSAN internship program allows undergraduate students at the University of Maryland, College Park to participate in research at FDA facilities, including the Harvey Wiley Building in College Park and the MOD1 & MOD11 facilities on Muirkirk Road in Laurel, MD. Internships require a time commitment of 8-10 hours/week during the semester and 30 hours/week during winterterm and summer. After 100 hours as an unpaid intern, JIFSAN interns become eligible to compete for a paid internship for subsequent semesters.

Internship applications are available online or from the College of CMNS Internship Office (1313 Symons Hall). Internships generally begin in the summer and continue through the subsequent academic year. At the current time, projects seeking interns are posted in February and for best consideration applications should be submitted by March 15.


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Animal Health

- Animal Health

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Biological Sciences

- Biology

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- Botany

    JIP-290

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Building a Chloroplast Genome Library at FDA
    Principal Investigators: Handy, Sara
    Project Description: To support its public health mission, the FDA must verify labeling of products. This can be difficult when products are mixtures or heavily processed botanicals. This internship would allow the intern to learn how to extract and sequence plant DNA, specifically targeting chloroplast genomes from FDA species of interest, as well as process that data bioinformatically. This will help continue to build a library of DNA sequences which will give FDA the ability to address the issue of processed botanicals by providing sequence data from which identification techniques can be developed. This database has the potential to become the preeminent repository of genomic data for botanical species.
    Project Objective: - Extract DNA from plants collected by the Smithsonian. - Use the Illumina Miseq to sequence the chloroplast genomes from these plants. - Learn how to annotate the genomes for submission to GenBank.
    Project Needs and Duration: Comfortable pipetting small volumes (~1µl). - Experience with handling DNA. - Coding experience is helpful but not necessary. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

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- Entomology

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- Microbiology

    JIP-283

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Evaluation of the Effect of Transport Media on Listeria monocytogenes Survival in Environmental Samples
    Principal Investigators: Burall, Laurel
    Project Description: The student will work as part of a team to evaluate the ability of L. monocytogenes (Lm) to be recovered from four different transport media after sublethal exposure to sanitizers commonly used in food production facilities on a stainless steel surface. As background flora can affect survival, Lm survival will be tested in the presence of background flora obtained from environmental swabs of dairy processing facilities and evaluate recovery in different enrichment media from the four transport media. This will allow the optimization of an environmental sampling method for the BAM.
    Project Objective: Perform enrichments of sublethally injured Lm from combinations of four transport media in up to 5 enrichment media and determine Lm recovery.
    Project Needs and Duration: The ideal student will have some classes and/or training in microbiology and/or basic biology. However, as most training is possible on the job, the key feature is an enthusiasm for research and a desire to participate in the problem solving nature of our work. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN MOD-1, 8301 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD

    JIP-284(Old Project ID: 269)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Development and Evaluation of Enumeration Methods for Listeria monocytogenes in Select Foods
    Principal Investigators: Chen, Yi
    Project Description: Detection and enumeration of L. monocytogenes in FDA regulated foods are crucial for the control of foodborne listeriosis. The FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) contains a general enumeration protocol, but different foods may require different sample preparation and enumeration schemes. It is critical to determine the best approach for enumerating L. monocytogenes in each individual food matrix because such enumeration data in food samples obtained during regular surveillance and outbreak investigations would improve our understanding of the risk associated with foodborne exposure to L. monocytogenes. This research is especially useful in determining infectious dose, which would affect FDA’s regulatory strategy for this pathogen by providing better scientific evidence for risk assessment and guidance development.
    Project Objective: The specific objectives are: a. Optimization of sample preparation procedures for direct-plating enumeration of L. monocytogenes in select foods such as sprouts, leafy green produce. b. Comparative evaluation of selective agars for direct-plating enumeration of L. monocytogenes in select foods, especially those with a high level of background flora. The agars that will be evaluated include ALOA, Rapid L. mono, CHROMagar Listeria and R&F agar. Newer formulations and/or combination of selective agars may be necessary to provide the best results. c. Comparative evaluation of MPN and direct-plating methods for the enumeration of L. monocytogenes in select foods. This will determine the preferred methods for investigative use of regulatory samples. d. Evaluation of novel enumeration methods for rapid and accurate enumeration of L. monocytogenes in food matrices that are difficult to enumerate by either MPN or direct plating. Food samples that have high background flora will be selected for such evaluation. The specificity, detection limit and its ability to work with complex food enrichment mix will be accessed.
    Project Needs and Duration: Applicants with course work, lab work or research experience in Microbiology would be preferred. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

    JIP-289

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Detection of Foodborne Pathogens from Naturally Contaminated Food Commodities Utilizing Metagenomic Sequencing
    Principal Investigators: Grim, Christopher
    Project Description: Currently, detection of microbial pathogen adulterants in food commodities is performed in strict accordance with the preferred microbiological laboratory procedures as set forth in the FDA BAM. These protocols are tedious and laborious, and a separate work flow is performed based on suspected bacterial agent and the type of food commodity. For example, detection of Salmonella from leafy green vegetables can take as long as 6 days, with genomic typing by PFGE or whole genome sequencing adding an additional 3 to 4 days. Metagenomics has recently emerged as a potentially disruptive technology in microbiology. Next generation sequencing of the genomic material extracted from a microbial community can be used to determine presence/absence of multiple foodborne pathogens, as well as characterization and subtyping of those present. This technology has the added benefit in that it is largely commodity agnostic. The microbiome associated with any regulated product can be assayed using metagenomics as long as the nucleic acid associated with that community can be efficiently extracted for library preparation. Indeed, numerous research groups within FDA/ CFSAN are beginning to examine the feasibility of metagenomic sequencing in a variety of matrices and settings. However, there are several fundamental or basic questions that need to be addressed regarding the implementation of metagenomic sequencing. This project will focus on establishing commodity-based detection limits of metagenomic sequencing, as well as determining variances of microbiomes associated with high risk commodities and how this impacts survival and persistence of microbial adulterants and their detection by BAM protocols. Specifically, we intend to perform this study collaboratively with the Northeast Regional Laboratory of FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, using naturally contaminated, as well as unadulterated inspectional samples that would otherwise be destroyed. As such, we aim to assess the quality assurance and quality control of logistical components of the collaborative study as they relate to metagenomics, such as sample holding, processing, shipment, as well as DNA extraction and library preparation.
    Project Objective: The JIFSAN intern will primarily work on characterizing the microbiomes of naturally contaminated food samples, including the overall population diversity, relative abundance of microbial adulterants, subtyping of adulterants, and the impact of associated microbiomes on BAM protocols. We will collect metagenomic DNA samples at pre-determined timepoints during culture enrichment to determine limit of detection for each food commodity type. We will also characterize each microbiome based on microbial population diversity and load. Depending on availability, the intern may also work on laboratory-based spiking experiments on unadulterated samples to examine the effects of microbial load and complexity on metagenomic sequencing detection limits for bacterial pathogens. NRL will ship non-perishable foods to OARSA for additional analyses to test variations on BAM enrichment protocols. We will examine at least six non-perishable commodities for S. enterica and L. monocytogenes detection before, during, and after nonselective pre-enrichment steps in BAM protocols.
    Project Needs and Duration: The applicant should have basic knowledge of Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. Some working knowledge of basic laboratory practices and familiarity with DNA sequencing methods is preferred but not required. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN MOD-1, 8301 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD

    JIP-291(Old Project ID: 266)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Identification and Characterization of Salmonella enterica from Spices
    Principal Investigators: Jean-Gilles Beaubrun, Junia
    Project Description: In recent years, spices increasingly have been associated with outbreaks of Salmonella, showcasing the need for increased surveillance and an improved outbreak response. Unfortunately, many spices contain antimicrobial compounds that minimize the effectiveness of current methods used to detect Salmonella, yet the organism can survive in the dried product. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of corn oil as an additive to attract these antimicrobial phenolic compounds while allowing Salmonella growth during pre-enrichment culture. This approach is a crucial step that will enhance detection using both traditional culture and molecular methods. In this investigation Salmonella detection, isolation, and identification will be conducted using spices and corn oil as an additives in the pre-enrichment broth. The BAM chapter 5 Method for Salmonella will be used concurrently with molecular screening methods such as the PCR serotyping method, and metagenomics
    Project Objective: Assist in the detection and serotyping of Salmonella enterica from pre-enrichment and selective enrichment broth cultures of spice samples. Detection of Salmonella will be conducted using the plating methods on multiple chromogenic agar, PCR analysis and metagenomic preparation.
    Project Needs and Duration: A good candidate is a student who is willing to learn and is excited about science. Basic Biology and Microbiology course and some laboratory experience. Onsite training will be conducted. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN MOD-1, 8301 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD

    JIP-295(Old Project ID: 272)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Whole Genome Sequencing and Phenotyping of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from tree fruit production environments
    Principal Investigators: Macarisin, Dumitru
    Project Description: Apples and stone fruits emerged as a new concern for L. monocytogenes contamination in the past few years. The 2014 stone fruit and 2015 caramel apple multistate outbreaks together with several multistate recalls of whole apples due to contamination by L. monocytogenes clearly indicate the massive knowledge gap in the understanding of Listeria incidence and behavior in tree fruit commodities. A better understanding of the prevalence and the mechanisms of persistence of L. monocytogenes in the tree fruit production environments is paramount to developing efficient preventive measures to minimize contamination of whole fruits with L. monocytogenes. This extramural CARTS project (EF01029), will obtain environmental surveillance data on the incidence and prevalence of L. monocytogenes in apple and stone fruit production continuum, while a follow-up whole genome sequencing of these isolates by CFSAN-FDA will yield highly resolved geo-spatial source distribution and genetic relationship among L. monocytogenes strains in the fruit production continuum. The incumbent will identify the unique adaptive phenotypic traits in L. monocytogenes acquired during its colonization of apple/stone fruits and their processing environments by conducting phenotypic microarray analysis. Only by complementing whole genome sequencing data with phenotypic characterization of L. monocytogenes strains persisting in fruit packing facilities will provide holistic microbiological insight into this problem that may lead to more effective good agricultural practices and preventative measures unique to these fruit commodities, and help inforce the FDA produce rule.
    Project Objective: In this project, the intern will; 1. Conduct cultural, biochemical and molecular identification of L. monocytogenes isolates from apple/stone fruit production environments obtained under the extramural project EF01029. 2. Conduct phenotypic microarray characterization of the confirmed L. monocytogenes strains obtained from the fruit production environments.
    Project Needs and Duration: The student must have completed introductory microbiology coursework and have some laboratory experience, preferably with basic microbiological laboratory techniques, such as: sterile field and clean techniques, selective enrichment, automated spiral plating and colony counting, pure culture handling, plate streaking. Good pipetting and micro-pipetting skill is an imperative. Must be able to pass biohazard safety course required to work with BSL2 agent and be experienced in Microsoft Excel and basic statistical analysis. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

    JIP-297(Old Project ID: 275)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Food Sample preparation for toxin detection assays and data analysis to evaluate assay performance criteria
    Principal Investigators: Sharma, Shashi
    Project Description: Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), abrins and staphylococcus enterotoxins possess exhibit ingestional and inhalational toxicity. Contamination of these toxins in food sources can result food-borne illnesses. They are also biothreat agents that can cause high mortality and morbidity. Intentional contamination of food sources remains as a major concerns. Detection and identification of these toxins, serotypes or their toxin subtypes in clinical specimen, food or environmental sources is critical for clinical response, epidemiological investigations, identifying food or environmental source of contamination, and for prevention-focused biosurveillance measures to safeguard public health security and food safety. However, sample matrices that are subjected for testing the presence of these toxins impose several challenges in developing rapid, sensitive and robust detection assay. They contain various substances that provide background signals, structurally mimic the analytes that are non-specifically detected. Besides this, physico-chemical properties like viscosity, pH, salt concentration, fat content, etc., affect recovery or extraction of toxins to enable sensitive detection. Hence food or other sample preparation needs to be suitably optimized for maximal extraction of toxins without disrupting their antigenic structure for developing robust detection assays. Regulatory Issue: The proposed project aligns with our goals to develop rapid, robust and sensitive detection methods for detecting high-impact select environmental pathogens and toxins that affect food safety and public health security. Mouse lethality bioassay (MLB) is the current standard reference method for detecting BoNTs in food samples for confirming outbreaks of food borne botulism and also for identifying the food source that have caused an outbreak. MLB has several limitations. It takes 3-4 days for completing the assay; requires expensive animal facilities and dedicated personnel; cost and skill intensive; lacks throughput capabilities to test suspected food samples and often may not distinguish if symptoms are caused by BoNTs or other toxin/chemical contaminants. Rapid and sensitive detection of botulinum neurotoxins within 24 to 48 hours methods is highly desirable. In addition, abrins and staphylococcal enterotoxins are also considered as bio-threat agents and intentional contamination of these toxins in food or environmental sources remain as a major concern. Optimization of various food or environmental sample preparation techniques is critical for developing robust, rapid and sensitive detection methods to investigate an outbreak sample, and identify the source of origin. Optimized sample processing methods can be adopted as standard laboratory protocols. The objectives of this project contribute to regulatory method development that can be used for surveillance of toxins in food and environmental sources for handling any emergency biothreat situations, and for Medical counter measure applications.
    Project Objective: The JIFSAN Intern will work closely with CFSAN researchers at the Office of Regulatory Science, Division of Microbiology, Molecular Method Development Branch (CFSAN/ORS/DM/MMDB). This project involves both hands-on laboratory work and analyses of the data using basic and simple statistical tools. The intern will have an opportunity to learn and understand the concepts behind in assay development, conditions or parameters of an assay that influence performance criteria such as sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, precision and analyte recovery. Due to biosafety regulations the intern will not be working with any toxins (select agents) or samples containing toxins. In this project the intern will, from June 2017 to May 2018 conduct weekly or biweekly i. Perform literature search relevant to food sample preparation for toxin assays. ii. Prepare samples by processing different food types (liquid, solid and semi-solid foods, foods of varying pH values, salt concentration, etc) and optimizing various food sample matrix preparation as suitable for immunoassays or mass-spectrophotometry based toxin detection assays. iii. Perform affinity column chromatography for purifying recombinant proteins. iv. Prepare samples for whole genome sequencing applications. v. Analyze data provided by the CFSAN researchers using basic and simple statistical tools (calculating mean, standard deviation, coefficient of variation, range etc). vi. Prepare media, quality and critical reagents and stocks needed for the assay development
    Project Needs and Duration: Preliminary knowledge in microbiology, chemistry and biochemistry is required. Some working knowledge of basic laboratory practices is preferred. Above all, the student should be diligent and have a passion for scientific research. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

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- Toxicology

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- Public Health

    JIP-286(Old Project ID: 281)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Food Safety Risk Analysis: Quantitative Risk Assessment
    Principal Investigators: Dennis, Sherri
    Project Description: Quantitative risk assessment is a dynamic and emerging tool used by regulatory agencies to evaluate, prioritize, and manage the impact of the presence of hazards in food to public health. We have conducted quantitative microbial risk assessments on a variety of hazards including Listeria monocytogenes, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. CFSAN is currently conducting risk assessments on a variety of foods including shellfish, spices, cheese, produce, tree nuts, and ready-to-eat foods. Risk assessment expertise supports several Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) efforts including the Most Significant Contaminants list, and the High Risk Foods List. The current CARTS project will provide the scientific assessment and basis for one provision (biological soil amendment) of the produce rule. CFSAN has established an integrated program to develop risk assessments at different levels of complexity needed for policy decision-making (i.e., risk management). CFSAN also actively uses its risk assessment capability to help identify the critical research needs for upcoming regulatory initiatives. Results of risk assessments are used to inform scientific policy, decision-making (risk management), and to prioritize focus areas and identify research needs. For example, the Salmonella in tree nuts risk assessment will provide information needed to evaluate the impact on public health from a post-harvest reduction treatment and potential establishment of safety performance criteria. The arsenic in rice/rice products risk assessment will support agency decisions intended to reduce dietary exposure. This project is primarily an opportunity for the student to assist CFSAN in conducting food safety risk assessments. For more information about CFSAN’s risk assessment program and on-going projects see http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/default.htm
    Project Objective: A critical phase in each quantitative risk assessment project is an understanding of the current state of the available science to address the food safety issue or problem. The intern will assist in the performance of the data collection and analysis to support the project objectives including: 1) identifying, collecting, summarizing and evaluating studies; 2) collecting, organizing and evaluating data to be used in the risk assessment; and 3) preparing summary tables and graphs for reports and presentations about the risk project(s).
    Project Needs and Duration: The student must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Student should have a background in a scientific field of study such as microbiology, food Science, Pre-med, Pre-vet med, nutrition, or related fields such as statistics or informatics. Experience/coursework involving quantitative data and analysis is particularly helpful. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

    JIP-294

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Content Analysis and Variation in State Retail Regulations and Retail Food Safety Guidance
    Principal Investigators: Liggans, Girvin
    Project Description: This project will involve examining and comparing state retail food regulations with the FDA Food Code and conducting content analysis of retail food safety laws enacted in the 50 states from 2012-2016. CFSAN’s Retail Food Protection Staff (RFPS) is attempting to better understand and document: 1. The presence, similarities/differences of various Food Code related provisions and definitions in state Food Codes 2. The equivalency of various state Food Code provision with the FDA Food Code 3. Provisions that are present in state Food Codes but absent in the FDA Food Code 4. The types, similarities, and characteristics of the retail food safety laws being enacted at the state level 5. How regulatory partners at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels incorporate Food Code provisions into their regulatory documents, and use the internet to deliver retail food safety information to their stakeholders. 6. The types, similarities, and characteristics of the retail regulations being enacted in the 50 states. This information will be used to inform decisions regarding the technical assistance to be provided by FDA to regulatory retail food safety, better understand policy diffusion, and evaluate the need to make potential changes to the FDA Food Code. The FDA publishes the Food Code, a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a scientifically sound technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment of the industry (restaurants and grocery stores and institutions such as nursing homes). Local, state, tribal, and federal regulators use the FDA Food Code as a model to develop or update their own food safety rules and to be consistent with national food regulatory policy. To date, all 50 states have adopted some version of the FDA Food Code. RFPS manages the activities necessary to promote the adoption of the Food Code and to create an enhanced regulatory environment for retail food operations.
    Project Objective: The intern will work with the FDA Retail Food Protection Staff (RFPS) to: • Conduct a content analysis and report on retail food safety laws enacted in the 50 states from 2012-2016. • Examine state retail food regulatory codes and prepare a report on the presence and similarities/differences between the Food Code and state code for each provision and definition of interest.
    Project Needs and Duration: Applicant should be familiar with research methods and conducting scientific literature reviews; coursework in public health and/or public policy; Microsoft Access; attention to detail; self-motivation; data management and analysis. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

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Chemistry

- Chemistry

    JIP-293

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Programming to Expedite Data Analysis
    Principal Investigators: Knolhoff, Ann
    Project Description: Increasing sample load and the diversity of contaminants in food have necessitated tools for rapid and accurate data processing. Currently, scientists analyze a list of target analytes (e.g., pesticides, toxins, etc.); however, this approach is limiting in that any adulterants not included on the target list are not identified. Methods to screen for new or unexpected contaminants in foods are required to protect the public from the use of adulterants in foods. The goal of this research is to develop data analysis approaches for liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry data. These tools could reduce discovery time, allowing FDA to focus on identification and the eventual remediation of the contaminant.
    Project Objective: Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry generates large, information-rich data sets, where tens of thousands of compounds may be detected for a single sample. This data then needs to be mined for potential compounds of interest, which can be challenging. A number of automated processing tasks created by someone with programming expertise would streamline analysis. Example tasks that are required are: 1. Automating the combination of data from generated reports from multiple analyses into one Excel worksheet. 2. Creating mechanisms to automatically perform needed calculations in Excel with output that is easy for the analyst to review. 3. Implementing automated recalibration of data files using a terminal window. 4. Determining feasibility of automating searches of online molecular databases, and if feasible, devising a functional implementation.
    Project Needs and Duration: 1. Independence in writing and troubleshooting their own code 2. Ability to write Excel macros 3. Proficiency using Microsoft Excel 4. Previous experience with web APIs 5. Python, R, Visual Basic experience a plus The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

    JIP-299

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Evaluation of Automated Sample Preparation Technologies for LC-MS-mycotoxin Analysis in Foods
    Principal Investigators: Zhang, Kai
    Project Description: An automated sample preparation workflow replacing manual procedures would improve throughput and consistency, minimize human intervention, and relieve laboratory personnel from labor-intensive operations of routine sample analysis. This project aims to collect comparative results between the use of fully automated sample preparation systems and conventional, manual extraction and clean-up procedures for a wide range of foods (e.g., peanut butter, milk, apple juice, wheat flour, corn) that are routinely screened for mycotoxin contamination by FDA field laboratories. Both approaches will be coupled to LC-MS (LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS) analysis that allows for simultaneous detection of multiple mycotoxins. Reproducibility, selectivity, accuracy, and precision of both approaches will be compared and evaluated according to the FDA Method Validation Guidelines. These automated sample preparation systems will not only streamline conventional sample analysis by integrating various manual handling steps together but will also offer the flexibility to be programed for the analysis of different types of food matrices. Samples will be prepared through unattended automation following standard protocols so that consistency can be achieved among samples in each batch with decreased manual labor.
    Project Objective: The intern will be trained to prepare mycotoxin samples in both manual and automated fashions so that reproducibility, selectivity, accuracy, and precision of both approaches will be compared and evaluated according to the FDA Method Validation Guidelines.
    Project Needs and Duration: The student should have a science major with basic understanding about analytical chemistry. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

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Food Defense

- Food Defense

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Nutritional Sciences

- Nutritional Sciences

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Other

- Public Health

    JIP-285

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Literature review to inform the implementation of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) policies that address minimally-processed produce
    Principal Investigators: Crowley, Cecilia
    Project Description: • Help in the development of the updated Fresh-cut Guidance to reflect the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule and current best practices. • Perform literature review on time/temperature control for safety with sprouts and to generate policy options in this area in response to requests received from the sprout industry. • Help in the compilation and analysis of processed produce-related foreign inspection results.
    Project Objective: • Generate a summary chart of recent and relevant scientific research on fresh-cut produce safety to inform the Fresh-Cut Guidance development. • Generate a policy options document on the appropriate time/temperature controls for safety on sprouts. • Generate a summary memo describing the findings of processed produce facility foreign inspections.
    Project Needs and Duration: • Food Science, Public Health, Biology, and/or Microbiology majors • Attention to detail • Strong work ethic The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

    JIP-286(Old Project ID: 281)

    Status: Actively seeking interns
    Project Title: Food Safety Risk Analysis: Quantitative Risk Assessment
    Principal Investigators: Dennis, Sherri
    Project Description: Quantitative risk assessment is a dynamic and emerging tool used by regulatory agencies to evaluate, prioritize, and manage the impact of the presence of hazards in food to public health. We have conducted quantitative microbial risk assessments on a variety of hazards including Listeria monocytogenes, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. CFSAN is currently conducting risk assessments on a variety of foods including shellfish, spices, cheese, produce, tree nuts, and ready-to-eat foods. Risk assessment expertise supports several Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) efforts including the Most Significant Contaminants list, and the High Risk Foods List. The current CARTS project will provide the scientific assessment and basis for one provision (biological soil amendment) of the produce rule. CFSAN has established an integrated program to develop risk assessments at different levels of complexity needed for policy decision-making (i.e., risk management). CFSAN also actively uses its risk assessment capability to help identify the critical research needs for upcoming regulatory initiatives. Results of risk assessments are used to inform scientific policy, decision-making (risk management), and to prioritize focus areas and identify research needs. For example, the Salmonella in tree nuts risk assessment will provide information needed to evaluate the impact on public health from a post-harvest reduction treatment and potential establishment of safety performance criteria. The arsenic in rice/rice products risk assessment will support agency decisions intended to reduce dietary exposure. This project is primarily an opportunity for the student to assist CFSAN in conducting food safety risk assessments. For more information about CFSAN’s risk assessment program and on-going projects see http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/default.htm
    Project Objective: A critical phase in each quantitative risk assessment project is an understanding of the current state of the available science to address the food safety issue or problem. The intern will assist in the performance of the data collection and analysis to support the project objectives including: 1) identifying, collecting, summarizing and evaluating studies; 2) collecting, organizing and evaluating data to be used in the risk assessment; and 3) preparing summary tables and graphs for reports and presentations about the risk project(s).
    Project Needs and Duration: The student must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Student should have a background in a scientific field of study such as microbiology, food Science, Pre-med, Pre-vet med, nutrition, or related fields such as statistics or informatics. Experience/coursework involving quantitative data and analysis is particularly helpful. The duration of the internship project is one year. Time requirements include 8-10 h/week during the school year and 30 h/week during break sessions.
    Location: CFSAN Wiley Building, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD

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- International Trade

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- Marketing

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