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The list below gives examples of Fellowships in the area of internship.

Ghost River Brewery Microbiology Internship: Beer is a natural product, consisting of plant extracts (barley and hops), which is fermented through the action of microorganisms (yeast).  At any step contaminating microbes can enter the process, causing loss of quality.  Memphis-based Ghost River Brewery (GRB) has until now conducted no microbiological quality control over its products, and this is a practice they would like now to institute through an internship for a Rhodes student having basic training in microbiology. This internship is expected to proceed in stages, the first of which will involve the exploration of various candidate techniques for detecting the two most likely beer contaminants: lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria.  The expertise will be supplied by Rhodes professors Hill and Luque de Johnson, and the work will be carried out by a Rhodes student in Rhodes Biology Dept. laboratories.  Laboratory expenses will be covered by GRB.  As appropriate methods are worked out, the internship will transition in later semesters into the application phase, leading eventually to GRB’s adding in-house staff and resources to carry out the work on a year-round basis.  At that stage, it is envisioned that Rhodes interns would assist in carrying out production-level testing, instead of performing protocol development.

Mike Curb Institute Blues Fellow—Blues Foundation: Emily Main ’12 will work as an intern at the Blues Foundation through the Spring Semester (January 17 through May 6) 15 hours per week. Her duties will consist of attending meetings (scheduled around her class schedule) and assisting in the preparation for the Blues Music Awards, which will be held in Memphis on Thursday May 5, 2011. Her primary duty will be to take minutes at meetings and keep a journal of her activities with the Foundation. She will also be on-site during the awards ceremony to assist with its production. Following this, she will spend approximately 30 hours per week during a 10-week period over the summer (May 31-August 5) working in conjunction with the Blues Foundation to write a manual dealing with the planning and staging of the awards ceremony. This manual will serve the organization in the future as a reference document for how events like this are to be staged. She will be supervised on-site by Jay Sielman, executive director of the Blues Foundation, and at Rhodes by John Bass, program manager for the Mike Curb Institute for Music. In addition to her duties at the Blues Foundation, Emily will meet monthly with John Bass to discuss and evaluate the fellowship.