OSAA leaders at Wright State view internships, extramural research experiences and co-ops as increasingly essential elements of a high quality college education in STEM fields. These events expand student engagement in STEM, build their knowledge and research/engineering skills, and sharpen plans for post graduate activities. In addition, students who have research and engineering experiences while in college that extend beyond the classroom build a documented record of abilities and achievement that make them highly competitive candidates for jobs in the STEM workforce and for positions in top graduate training programs. OSAA works with each Scholar to identify relevant internship opportunities and assist in the application process. OSAA also helps to develop internship opportunities through dissemination activities and supports providers by co-funding some internships and by assisting with technology needed to accommodate OSAA Scholars in the STEM internship workplace. OSAA Scholars have participated in internships ranging from research positions in chemistry, pharmacology, brain science and biomedical sciences, to work experiences in political science, psychology, exercise biology, forensic science, cyber-intelligence, and the development of micro air vehicles.
Some of the organizations for whom our OSAA Scholar’s interned include:
- NASA Johnson Space - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base - The Pentagon
- Boonshoft School of Medicine - Miami Valley Hospital - National Institutes of Health
- NASA Glenn Research Center - United Rehabilitation Services - BWI Group
- TecEdge/Air Force Research Laboratories (AFRL) - Ohio Health System
- Wright State University and Ohio State University (Research Assistantship positions)