CDKC offers internships to enhance student success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  STEM Internships are available full-time during the summer and part-time during the academic year.

Our STEM internships are supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health.  Jeff Hooker is the Principal Investigator of these grants, see the interview below for Jeff’s discussion of the internship program.


Interview with Jeff Hooker, Chief Information Officer, by Marty Seymour | 7-28-15

We started as a two person science team, Bob Madsen and I.  We wrote grants which employed others.  There were other summer things before then like BRIDGES in Missoula, summer placements at other colleges.  In 2002 we began paying interns, some here, some at different Universities.  We realized not all students could go to other places in the summer so we started thinking about offering more internships at CDKC.  Research topics at other colleges were not always as connected to home here at CDKC.  For several years we did research like that; away from home.  Students on those four to eight week summer placements would not be connected again to research until the following summer.  So we now have it throughout our academic school year and summer.  This brought the research topics back home.  It brought the connections home.  We started from ground zero developing our faculty in STEM areas.  The labs were slowly renovated, the science lab being the first.  We extended it out six to eight feet.  Early on we had the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education.  Now we many collaborators including Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Defence, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Institute of Health(INBRE), EPSCORP(NSF), MSGC, NASA, Department of Energy, Lumina Foundation, and Packard Foundation.  I remember a nurse from the IHS used to come and teach an occasional Health Science class and Ed Catrell would teach a single Science class and that was it in the early 90s.  It has been a journey.