Internship Position Descriptions

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Below are position descriptions for our Spring 2014 internships.

Kenner Police Crime Scene Investigation 

Potential Projects: Crime Scene Processing. Students who are granted an internship will work side by side with one of the crime scene squads. Students will follow a crime scene technician for a period of their shift and assist in photography, learn presumptive drug testing, the use of the forensic ALS, several methods of latent print development, a brief introduction to AFIS, report writing, identification of pertinent evidence at crime scenes, and evidence preservation.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, BIOS 1083/1081
  • Duration of Internship: Semester
  • Hours Per Week: 8 - 12 hours
  • Special Notes: The UNO Department of Chemistry will recommend students to the supervising police chief and final decisions about the position will be made by the police chief. A background check is required for this internship. 

New Orleans Crime Lab

Potential Projects: Application based education experience in Drug Chemistry with occasional overview of other forensic disciplines.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, CHEM 2217/2017, CHEM 2218/2018 or 3218/3018
  • Preferred Courses: Analytical Chemistry
  • Duration: Semester
  • Hours per week: 6 -9 hours
  • Special Notes: A sincere interest in Forensic Chemistry is a must. A background check and drug test are required during the application process. All applicants will be interviewed for suitability in a lab setting. The Chemistry portion of the internship will require outside reading, extensive note taking, and will test the intern's comprehension of analytical techniques and application of chemistry knowledge to the forensic discipline.

6 hours per week will be in the Chemistry lab with a possible additional 3 hours per week in other disciplines. The hours must be 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

St. Tammany Parish Crime Lab

Potential Projects: Survey of various forensic techniques including but not limited to ballistics, autopsy and various spectroscopy.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008. Preferred but not required: CHEM 1110, CHEM 2217/2017, CHEM 2218/2018 or 3218/3018, CHEM 3110
  • Duration of Internship: Semester
  • Hours Per Week: 10 hours or more
  • Special Notes: Preference given to St. Tammany Residents. Background and drug testing will be administered. This internship will allow interns to work side by side with forensic scientists in the state of the art forensics lab in St. Tammany parish. Interns will be able to see and perform multiple forensics tests and techniques and may be

afforded the opportunity to observe autopsies performed by the coroner's office. Highly motivated students will benefit most from this internship as they will be able to work at their own pace and observe more techniques. 

Thionville Laboratory

Potential Projects: Semester-long internship with rotation through several sections of the laboratory, each with a different focus depending on commodity type: 1) whole grains, grain byproducts, meals, pellets, etc.; 2) vegetable oils, and byproducts such as soap stock and glycerin; 3) molasses and sugars; 4) instrumental analysis and microbiological analysis, which does analysis for all of the above commodity types. Interns will utilize a variety of analytical techniques, ranging from traditional analytical techniques, such as titrations and gravimetric analyses, to more sophisticated instrumental techniques, such as GC, HPLC, ICP, and PCR analyses.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 1017/1007, CHEM 1018/1008, CHEM 2117, CHEM 2025
  • Duration of Internship: Semester
  • Hours Per Week: 10 hours or more
  • Special Notes: Interns should have their own method of transportation to the Thionville facility in Harahan. Internship hours must take place during our normal business hours between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm , Monday through Friday.

United States Department of Agriculture

Potential Projects:Gossypol solvate formation.This project will focus initially on crystallizing gossypol from cycloheptanone and cyclooctanone. These complexes pack differently than the known complexes formed with cyclohexanone and cyclododecanone. Once single crystals have been obtained, we will study the structures of these compounds by X-ray diffraction (with the help of Prof. Ed. Stevens). Once this is completed, we may then try to form crystals with other cyclic-carbonyl molecules of this series. If single crystals of these compounds can be obtained, we will determine their structures by X-ray diffraction. If solvates are isolated but single crystals are not obtained, we may use differential scanning calorimetry with thermal gravimetric analysis to determine the molar ratio of solvent to gossypol present in the structures. These techniques should allow us to determine if these compounds have packing arrangements that differ from the known compounds of this series.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 3310
  • Duration of Internship: Semester
  • Hours Per Week: 9 - 10 hours 
  • Special Notes: See information below provided by the internship site supervisor. 

Gossypol is a natural product of the cotton plant that has unusual biological activity. It also has unusual physical and chemical properties. Among these properties, it crystallizes into many different crystal forms. Most of these forms are solvates, which occur because of the molecule's bi-planar shape that makes it difficult for the molecule to pack by itself densely into a regular array. Because it has a number of hydroxyl and carbonyl pendent groups and because these groups are align along one side of the molecule, the molecule can also form many different hydrogen bond and hydrophobic associations. These various associations allow it to form different packing motifs that accommodate different solvent molecules in its structure. Many different solvates has been prepared and studied by X-ray diffraction. We have prepared, studied, and published on a number of these structures (references below). However, several compounds that we are aware of have not been fully studied.

University of New Orleans: Medicinal Chemistry 

Potential Projects: Pure and/or applied Organic Chemistry. Set-up of FDA clean-room laboratory.

  • Required Courses: CHEM 2217/2017, CHEM 2218/2018 or 3218/3018
  • Duration of Internship: Semester
  • Hours Per Week: 6 - 9 hours
  • Special Notes: Internship candidates who plan to pursue graduate study in chemistry are preferred. Must have a strong interest in Organic Chemistry. Intern will work with Dr. Lee Roy Morgan.