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Internships are an essential component of our science and engineering program, providing students with real workplace and service learning. Our industry and government partners as well as advisers help us establish relationships that provide opportunities for students to engage in real-world learning. We currently have over a dozen interns at Stanford helping in science and engineering, and a growing presence at NASA-Ames. We hope to grow our internship program significantly, and establish conduits with workforce pipelines to help place transitional workers in fast skilling programs with educational and job skill support.

Current Interships

  • Stanford University
  • NASA-Ames
  • San Jose State University
  • San Jose Tech Museum
  • Energy Champions
Interns
San Jose Tech Museum Interns Nick and Jair

San Jose State University Research Project (Summer 2013 & 2014)

Project

The analysis of chiral molecules is paramount for the pharmaceutical industry and drug synthesis, and these outstanding students are involved in cutting edge research at San Jose State to develop a new technique to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds.

Summer 2014

Miranda Lowe and Kasey Wyatt were both part of the project last year. Since then they have completed a year of organic chemistry. This summer they were involved with synthesizing novel chiral molecules with biological activities, compelxing them with luminescent lanthanides, and using them as a test case to establish if CPL can elucidate chiral structure of different systems. They mainly focused on synthesizing chiral complexes that have “acac” as part of their structure.

Zach Sobel is a chemistry major who has completed a year of organic chemistry. He was involved with a synthesis project where he focused on synthesizing chiral complexes with “amine” groups which have shown to have biological activities. Once the synthesis was completed, he coordinated them with luminescent lanthanides, in particular, Eu and Tb.

Robert Comstock and Glenn Lee have both completed a year of general chemistry. They were involved with characterizing luminescent lanthnide(III) complexes to examine their stability to be used as probes in circularly polarized luminescence technique. This technique is currently being developed to be able to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds used in pharmaceutical and biological systems. They mainly worked with UV and laser expiation sources.

SJSU Interns
Interns Glen Lee, Robert Comstock, Kasey Wyatt, Miranda Lowe, and Zach Sobel.

Summer 2013

Miranda Lowe and Kasey Wyatt are involved in characterizing luminescent lanthnide(III) complexes to examine their stability to be used as probes in circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) technique. This technique is currently being developed to be able to assign absolute configurations for chiral compounds used in pharmaceutical and biological systems.

Imran Rahman, Carmen Lau, and Farnaz Kargaran are involved in synthesizing novel chiral molecules with biological activities, compelxing them with luminescent lanthanide, and using them as test case to establish if CPL can elucidate chiral structure of different systems.

SJSU Interns
Interns Kasey Wyatt, Miranda Lowe, Imran Rahman, Carmen Lau, Farnaz Kargaran.
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