Monday, March 13, 2017

Updated FDA internship information - Graduate students eligible

I received the following as a update on the FDA internship from Dan Levy this morning. 

Summer Internship: Food Ingredient Cancer Safety Assessment at the FDA

Over the last 30 years, the Office of Food Additive Safety has completed over 150 cancer risk assessments of food additives, color additives and their impurities.  For many of the impurities quantitative risk assessments were performed to develop a “Unit Cancer Risk” (UCR) used to calculate acceptable levels in human food.  Most of the memoranda describing these assessments have been located in FDA electronic databases during previous student projects.  The current project is to complete the task of locating files, particularly the older ones, and carefully review them to tabulate the criteria used to support the regulatory conclusion to support development of standardized evaluation criteria to ensure consistency in future evaluations.  The student may also search biomedical literature for evidence of more recent cancer bioassays on substances evaluated in the past to see if there are opportunities for updated evaluations.


The candidate must be a U.S. citizen and have a high school diploma. The candidate must have taken college or graduate-level coursework in biology. Coursework in toxicology, pharma-cology, physiology, or related disciplines is desired but not required. Candidates who feel that their education, experience, or other capabilities are equivalent and suitable to the position may be considered.  A background check is required for this position.

Duration: 3 months.

Appointment Period: From: June 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 (flexible start and end dates).

Stipend: $800 per week (possibly more for graduate students)

Work site: College Park, Maryland.

Application deadline: MARCH 27, 2017

To apply, please send a resume, list of relevant courses, and a brief (maximum 1 page) cover letter describing which aspects of the project are most attractive to you and how participation would fit into your education/career plan.  .

For more information contact Dr. Dan D. Levy, Chair
Cancer Assessment Committee
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Tel:      240 402 2581

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