Virtual Internship Program

The NRI is excited to offer a virtual internship program for high school students! This 6-week, online-only program will allow students the opportunity to learn from NRI Principal Investigators, participate in group mentoring sessions, and complete an independent nutrition research project and presentation.


INTERNSHIP SCHEDULE – Summer 2021 (all sessions will take place via Zoom):

Tuesday, July 6 – Welcome (NRI & Personal Story) – Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH  – 1 PM ET

Thursday, July 8 – Introduction to Project – Sarah Hreyo, MAS – 1 PM ET

Tuesday, July 13 – Research Methods I – Sarah Hreyo, MAS – 1 PM ET

Thursday, July 15 – Mentoring – Julie Hasken, PhD – 1 PM ET

Tuesday, July 20 – Research Methods II, Sarah Hreyo, MAS – 1 PM ET

Thursday, July 22 – Mentoring – Keri Barron, PhD – 1 PM ET

Tuesday, July 27 – Human Subjects Research Lecture, Carol Cheatham, PhD – 1 PM ET

Thursday, July 29 – Mentoring – Delisha Stewart, PhD – 1 PM ET

Tuesday, August 3 – Laboratory Science Research Lecture, Susan Sumner, PhD – 1 PM ET

Thursday, August 5 – Mentoring – Jaspreet Sharma, PhD – 1 PM

Tuesday, August 10 – Student Presentations – 1 PM ET

Program Requirements: To successfully complete the internship program, students must attend all seminars and workshops and complete their program project (a 3-5-page paper on the nutrient of their choice). Students must also prepare and give a 5-minute presentation related to their program project.

Application Requirements: All applicants must be either a current high school student (rising freshman who will be entering high school in the fall of 2021 are eligible to participate) or a recent high school graduate who will begin their freshman year of college in the fall of 2021. All applicants under the age of 18 must have permission from their parents to participate.

Questions? Please contact Brandi Childers at