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The Open Insulin Project is working to create an open-source model for distributed and decentralized insulin manufacturing. For over four years, team members have volunteered to make this idea a reality, bringing attention to the outrageous and unaffordable price of insulin. Our work has garnered widespread attention, and we have been featured in the Time Magazine (“The Price of Insulin has soared these biohackers want to fix it”), the Wall Street Journal (“The high price of insulin causes some to take extreme measure”), and in recent YouTube video posts by our team (“How much will it cost?”).
To help grow the project and give opportunities to those now at home, the team is launching an inaugural online internship program. This is a volunteer position with a non-profit, and those who complete the program will be able to use this experience and offer the experience as references for the future.
The online internship is part of the Open Insulin community project and will have a global focus. It will run for eight weeks, and interns are expected to work for approximately six hours a week and attend Open Insulin community meetings (Wednesdays at 6 P.M. P.T. and Sundays at 12 P.M. P.T.).
Applications ongoing through May 15th. No rolling admission.
Registration form: https://forms.gle/J2szwFGWAMV3RyYeA
With traditional lab experiences restricted, this internship instead focuses on the different areas connecting to running a nonprofit and opportunities for leadership. Interns will work in teams on social media management, digital marketing, education, regulatory research, or fundraising strategy with the goal of expanding the reach of the OI initiative. Each intern team will be assigned to a mentor with a weekly meeting. Given the independent nature of this program, interns will be expected to be self-responsible and problem-solve under loose guidance.
Applicants can be current high school or undergraduate college students, who speak English and have access to attend online meetings. If an intern is under 18, they will be required to sign a waiver granting guardian permission upon acceptance into the program.
There is no application fee or cost to attend this program.
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