Internship Programs through ASI
The African Scientific Institute (ASI) was founded in 1967 as a non-profit organization representing a network of scientists, engineers, technologists, and health professionals, as well as young people aspiring to enter the world of science and technology. ASI is striving to get more minorities to pursue careers in science and technology. ASI believes its network of resources, which includes informed professionals, has a particular obligation to interact with the youth in the community. Through various programs sponsored by ASI, young people have an opportunity to learn of the possibilities and rewards of a technical profession.
ASI is committed to supporting and assisting students and recent graduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and minority students from other universities in securing internship programs in government agencies, states, local governments, and industries to help them explore opportunities that will expose them to the possibilities of future careers.
We provide orientation programs to enable selected interns a smooth transition into their assignments. This is done a week before the beginning of the program and we also conduct a post internship evaluation to find out what didn’t work so well to improve on our activities.
Students looking for opportunities to gain valuable work experience to supplement coursework and preparedness to join the labor force, as well as employers seeking to diversify their pool of experts especially from the minority population should consider using the opportunities ASI internship program offers. We target African American and other minority groups. It is also important to us to get students involved during the period most of them are not in school for up to a six-week period.
For Spring internships, we take applications from October 15, 2012 with a December 15, 2012 deadline. For Summer and Fall internships, we take applications from February 15, 2013 with April 15, 2013 deadline.
ASI explores Internship Programs that would offer full-time paid internships during these periods. We expect the Spring programs to last anywhere from January 14, 2013 – April 30, 2013.
Requirements for consideration:
Students who are enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate programs at HBCU or minority students in other colleges and universities. A grade point average on a 4.0 scale of 3.0 or above is required. Internship applicants must be U.S. citizens and must provide these additional information:
Unofficial Transcript- if requested
Official Transcript- before assignment begins
Two completed Faculty or Departmental recommendations
The Selection Process
ASI Fellows and representatives provide in depth review of students that are sent forth for consideration. After the reviews of resumes, eligible candidates are sent to agencies that ASI has affiliation with to seek for Internship opportunities for the candidates. Employing agencies would review the applications, conduct interviews if necessary, and make all final selections.
Once students are selected, ASI is notified and ASI Fellows will ensure effective participation of selected students in the employing agency.
Stipends and Allowances
For a forty-hour work week, ASI negotiates a stipend to be paid to the Intern. It could be from $400 per week for undergraduate s to $500 per week for graduate students. Our experience is that agencies have different ways they compensate Interns especially those selected from outside their duty station. A travel allowance may be paid. In some cases, a housing stipend may be provided.
In some instances, interns may receive an allowance of about $200 to $300 for local travels to and from work depending on the season – Summer, Fall, or Spring.
ASI plans to extend its program for students to greater opportunities collaborating with institutions overseas through our network of ASI Fellows around the world, especially in Africa.