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2022 Metcalf, Summer Intern Lab Technician – Inorganic Wet Chemistry

This internship is part of the University’s Jeff Metcalf Internship Program. Please review the Metcalf Interns’ Responsibility Notice to learn more about program requirements for Metcalf interns.

Fellowship Award Amount: up to $4,000
Internship Time Commitment: approximately 400 hours

Summer Intern Lab Technician – Inorganic Wet Chemistry
Be a part of the Inorganic Wet Chemistry lab at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene! This is an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on laboratory experience participating in statewide drinking and surface water testing. This is an opportunity to contribute to testing that can have regulatory and legal impacts, as well as learning how a busy environmental testing laboratory operates. We are looking for a reliable and committed student intern for the summer.

Position Summary (Summer Work)
Department Overview: 
The Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) serves as the public, environmental, and occupational health laboratory for the state of Wisconsin, and is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The employee in this position will work with a team of inorganic chemists. Duties include preparation of samples for analysis. Receipt, organization and disposal of samples are additional responsibilities, as well as assisting with the setup of nutrient digestions. 
Anticipated Start Date: Any time after May 1, 2022. We are requesting at least a 10 week commitment, with nominal full time hours. 
Job Duties:
·        Sample preparation
·        Reagent preparation
·        Sample receipt, organization and disposal of samples
·        Set up of nutrient digestions for total Phosphorus, TKN, Total Nitrogen
·        Stocking of supplies
·        Special projects as needed
·        June– September, 2022: 40 hours per week
·        Standard work hours are 7:45 am – 4:30 pm; e.g. Monday –Friday
Lab Location: 2601 Agriculture Drive, Madison, Wisconsin (off campus, southeast Madison) 
·        Enrolled university student
·        Reliable transportation
·        An interest or previous training in science and/or biology
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·        Attention to detail
·        Excellent communication skills
·        Ability to work independently after training
Physical Demands: Must be able to occasionally lift up to 50 pounds