Variety of Job Assignments. IISME
Fellows find themselves doing many kinds of things, and
in virtually all functional areas within a company -
manufacturing, management information systems, training
and human resources, engineering, programming, software
development, finance and statistics, sales and marketing,
etc. They need not be directly related to science or
engineering, as long as they are challenging and
informative for teachers.
Here is collection of sample IISME summer assignments
that illustrate the range and diversity of assignments:
Advanced Micro Devices
- Job Requirements: Science, Math, MS Word, Excel
- Job Description: Determine best method for
getting broad involvement in the yield
improvement process so that technicians can
contribute to improving yield.
Alexia Brothers Hospital
- Job Requirements: Word processing, fluency in
- Job Description: Using interviews, perform needs
assessment to determine efficiency of outreach
programs. Teach health/prenatal care.
- Job Requirements: Biology, Genetics, Macintosh
- Job Description: Work with "Catalyst"
product R&D team to evaluate robotic
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) performance;
prepare samples and evaluate PCR with gel
- Job Requirements: Math, IBM, Windows
- Job Description: Work with research team to
develop document processing software and
algorithms for character recognition, document
identification, and text search and retrieval.
- Job Requirements: Biology, biochemistry,
automated lab equipment
- Job Description: Prepare and evaluate highly
purified bovine collagen antibodies; document
GE Nuclear Energy
- Job Requirements: Mathematics, differential
- Job Description: Assist engineers in performing
calculations to analyze boiling water reactor
- Job Requirements: DOS, Telecommunications
- Job Description: Create the HP 3000's portion of
new Internet Mosaic electronic communication
forum; assist in production of the customer audio
- Job Requirements: Turbo Pascal programming
- Job Description: Perform thin-film magnetic
tests. Write turbo Pascal software code for data
acquisition and analysis.
- Job Requirements: Biology
- Job Description: Work with certified industrial
hygienist to determine potential chemical
exposure during operation, cleaning and
maintenance of semiconductor manufacturing
Lockheed Missiles & Space
- Job Requirements: Chemistry, IBM, dBase IV,
- Job Description: Review Toxic Substances Control
Act for regulatory requirements applicable to
chemical use within facilities. Set up database
to automate review process.
New United Motor Manufacturing
- Job Requirements: Math, IBM/PC, Foxpro
- Job Description: Set up math/trigonometry
training for Quality Control Department; set up
database for Personnel Department.
- Job Requirements: Biology or Biochemistry
- Job Description: Carry out the high through-put
screening for inhibitors of an enzyme target.
Test a defined group of samples, report the
results and recommend appropriate follow-up.
- Job Requirements: Biological science or
chemistry, WordPerfect, scientific software
- Job Description: Determine the key lethal events
associated with inhibition of the plant enzyme,
The Action Plan for Classroom Transfer is the primary
means by which Fellows transfer their summer work
experience to the classroom or school. Fellows work on
their Action Plans throughout the summer and are charged
with implementing them once school re-starts.
IISME began its program requiring Fellows to develop
new curriculum for their students. Over time, it was
apparent that a) many Fellows were not skilled at writing
curriculum; b) many Fellows could not fit more lesson
plans into an already packed curriculum; c) many IISME
jobs did not relate directly to a Fellow's teaching
assignment. To meet these difficulties, the Action Plan
requirement was broadened so that what the Fellow would
deliver would be useful and relevant to all Fellows'
Each year the best Action
Plans are uploaded to IISME's
website, and Abstracts of all Action Plans are
catalogued for Fellows so that they can see and use what
others have created.
An important feature of the Summer Fellowship Program
is the formation of Community Groups consisting of 8 to
10 IISME Fellows who work in the same or nearby
companies. The Community Groups, which meet weekly during
the summer, provide opportunities for the Fellows to
process their summer experience and also to help one
another develop their Action Plans. These meetings are
facilitated by IISME Peer Coaches - veteran IISME Fellows
whose role it is to help Fellows acclimate to the
industry environment, settle in to their assignments,
troubleshoot problems, locate resources, and complete a
high-quality Action Plan.
All IISME Fellows meet together once, for a Mid-Summer
meeting to strengthen their collegial network, share
experiences and Action Plan ideas, and learn from each
Other Inter-Teacher Communication.
Fellows communicate with IISME staff and each other
throughout the summer via an electronic mail list and a
teacher-edited newsletter which is published every two