We are also keen to do our best for young scientists. Every year we offer a number of internships in our departments. These paid internships are usually offered during the period of April through to October, preferably for a period of six months.
Our interns are mostly university students of higher semesters, primarily studying agronomy, biology, geography or environmental science but also include students at polytechnic universities as well as farmers. Post-graduate internships are also an option. Interns work primarily within one division but are also given insights into other divisions. At the end of the internship the interns prepare a report, usually on a topic they have researched independently.
For 2020, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) offers the following internship:
Topic / Work:
Collaboration in honeybee research focussing on thermal treatment against Varroa mites using a comb-integrated high-tech solution. Large-scale field trial over one year to evaluate Varroa-levels, honeybee colony growth dynamics and productivity, brood development/mortality using digital photo analyses software and bee sampling for gene expression profiles and transcriptomics of viral/pathogenic landscapes.
Insights into honeybee research within a joint innovation project, data can be used for Master thesis preparations.
for up to 9 months
March 2020, no later than May 2020
Practical experience in beekeeping and data analyses, no allergies against bee stings and propolis, ability to work in a team, self-dependence, flexibility, driver’s license.
Topics / Work:
You will work in our international project team of the long-term experiment in the tropics (https://systems-comparison.fibl.org). The focus will be on data evaluation. You will also have the opportunity to get an insight into other projects of our department. The workplace is in Frick
In-depth insight into FiBL's research activities in the tropics and other international cooperation activities.
5 months for MSc graduates, 6 months for BSc graduates
1 March 2020 or by arrangement.
Study of agricultural sciences or related fields, good basic knowledge of statistics and interest in data analysis, interest in intercultural cooperation, very good knowledge of English, German and Spanish are advantageous.