BTER Foundation Internship Program

The BTER Foundation's Internship Program was inaugurated in 2013. Designed for college graduates, these 3- and 6-month training sessions provide young people with the real-life skills and experiences they need to secure a productive and rewarding job. Interns enjoy the benefits of working on and directing projects that advance their fields of specialization. The BTER Foundation currently provides internships in Biotechnology Research, Communications, Health Care Education, and Videography. Later in 2013, we will start accepting interns for clinical training in maggot therapy and leech therapy. If your clinical practice would be willing to accept one of our clinical interns for one or two weeks, contact us for more information. If you would like to apply for an internship opening, please send in your resume and a brief description of your future career goals and/or interests.

Meet our Current Intern for Summer 2017

Lucy Wan is a high school intern who currently attends Gretchen A. Whtiney High School and is part of the class of 2019.  Her current projects include doing research on topics involving medical maggots.  Lucy's current career goal is to become a medical doctor due to her interest in medicine and biology.  Her hobbies include cross country running and volunteering for Peer 1 on 1, an organization which supports autistic teens.

Meet our Past Interns

Katherine Watt is one of our Biotechnology interns. She has a degree in biology from California State University, Monterey Bay, Class of 2012. Katherine's research projects at the BTER Foundation focus on maggot-induced wound healing, making germ-free leeches, and ichthyotherapy. She plans to pursue a career in invertebrate research.

Krisha de Jesus is one of our Biotechnology Research interns. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) in 2012, with a degree in Biological Sciences. Her current projects include optimizing maggot therapy dressings. Krisha plans to get her Masters Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Lynn Wang is our Communications intern. She graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in English and is currently working on a systematic review of maggot therapy literature. In addition, Lynn is helping the Foundation to fulfill its mission by communicating our educational messages via newsletters, websites and social media platforms. She is also learning a bit about grant-writing. Lynn will be attending graduate school in the Fall.

Raheem Maddox is our Videography intern. He graduated from the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production. He is expanding his experience and portfolio by co-producing documentary and marketing films.

LoadingMarina Moscaleva was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to California in 1998.  During high school, she volunteered and later worked for Dr. Sherman, which sparked her interest in biology and entomology.  After high school, she attended and graduated from the University of California Riverside with a B.S. in Entomology.  After graduation she got a job offer at Monarch Labs and is currently working where doing what she really likes, raising insects, in this case flies that provide the maggots used in medical treatments.  Marina enjoys reading, learning about various cultures, photography and video editing, visiting various natural parks such as Sequioa Park, taking walks and dancing.  She is currently attending a Hip Hop class at Irvine Valley Community College (IVC) and had previously taken Wordpress web design and Ballroom dancing classes at the same college.

Wesley Nye graduated from the University of California Riverside in 2014 with a B.S. in Bioengineering.  During his quality control internship with the BTER Foundation, he has written a 510k submission to the FDA, crafted validation reports, written a Device master file, and maintained adverse event and CAPA registries.  Wesley's current career goal is to become a validation engineer in the field of biotechnology. His hobbies include computer building, as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and tennis.