Summer lesson plan development internship – apply now!

Through the Duke University Office of the Provost, TriCEM is thrilled to announce that we will again be offering a lesson plan development internship to support current Duke graduate students during Summer 2021! Interested students can learn more about the Provost Internships at Duke and apply here. The priority application deadline is March 31st, with applications considered on a rolling basis through April 14th.


Evolution-based K-12 Lesson Plan Development

20 hrs/wk for 4 wks (anticipated 6/7 through 7/2/21)

The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM, seeks graduate students to develop evolution-based K-12 lesson plans for the Darwin Day Roadshow. The Darwin Day Roadshow is an educational initiative piloted by TriCEM in 2020. The Roadshow travels to K-12 schools across North Carolina and beyond to teach about evolution and its importance to everyday life, including applications to health. The graduate students involved in this project will broaden the impact of this important outreach program by creating formal open-access lesson plan resources for teachers.

Working closely with Dr. Meredith Spence Beaulieu, the graduate students will have the opportunity to further develop the previously used classroom activities and/or to create new lessons based on evolutionary concepts and their own research interests. Specific duties will include conceptualizing lessons, aligning lesson plans with NC Essential Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and developing comprehensive teacher resources for the lesson plans, including but not limited to annotated PowerPoint presentations, student worksheets or other activity guides, and suggestions for further student exploration of the topic.

Interns will be expected to develop at least one lesson plan, and to modify and update existing lesson plans to prepare them for public availability. PhD students from any topical areas with an understanding of evolutionary principles and an interest in education and outreach are welcome to apply. Previous experience with science communication is beneficial, although prior experience with lesson plan development is not required.