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ASPIRE Internship: TSC Alliance International Research Conference Intern, remote

Posted by on Friday, November 11, 2022 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

TSC Alliance®

International Research Conference Intern

8737 Colesville Road, Suite 400
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

January- September 2023

About the TSC Alliance:

The TSC Alliance is an internationally recognized nonprofit that does everything it takes to improve the lives of people with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).

TSC is a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow in different organs, from the brain and heart to the lungs and kidneys to the skin and eyes. Nearly one million people worldwide have TSC. Some live independently with few symptoms while others require complex care.

We drive research, increase care quality, improve access and advocate with and for people affected by the disease. Through our collaboration and partnerships, we’ve advanced FDA-approved treatments and created support systems around the world so that no one has to navigate TSC alone. The TSC community is our strongest ally. With the power of families and the support of donors, volunteers, researchers, educators, industry partners, and more, we can create a future where everyone with TSC can realize their full potential—no matter how complex their journeys are to get there.

Program Overview:

The TSC Alliance is seeking an intern to assist in the planning and execution of the 2023 International TSC Research Conference, a biennial event being held in Washington, DC from September 7-9, 2023. The program will convene approximately 250 researchers and clinicians to discuss developments in TSC-related research and clinical care, to foster continued advances for TSC care.

The goals of the 2023 International TSC Research Conference are to:

  • inspire new research directions by exposing trainees and researchers from both inside and outside the field to the latest research developments in TSC, and
  • stimulate collaborative research to address unmet medical needs of those affected by TSC as well as related disorders, including epilepsy, autism, lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), and rare diseases with overlapping phenotypes. Types of research include basic, translational, clinical, genetic, and healthcare quality improvement research.

Internship Overview:

This internship is designed to provide the participant with meaningful experiences and exposure to leaders within the TSC Alliance and across diverse groups of stakeholders in the TSC community. The International Research Conference Intern will:

  • Gain experience in organizing and planning an international conference and exposure to the professional culture in a national non-profit scientific foundation
  • Meet and interact with international scientists and clinicians whose work impacts patients with TSC, including the Conference Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee members and invited scientific speakers
  • Assist in planning the Early Career Researcher Symposium, a special career development session convened for and by postdoctoral scholars, fellows, and graduate students in the TSC field
  • Facilitate the collection, review, and selection of submitted abstracts, including administrative coordination and communication with authors and reviewers
  • Support the coordination of oral presentation sessions, meeting program development, and event planning logistics for the conference overall
  • Take notes at the conference on all scientific sessions; write a subsequent conference summary that will be published on the TSC Alliance website and distributed to TSC Alliance scientific partners at future meetings and programs

The intern will report to the Senior Manager of Strategic Projects and the Chief Scientific Officer and will also interface with other members of the Science staff and organizational leadership.

Candidate Profile:

We are looking for a candidate with strong writing, project management, and interpersonal skills who excels in time and task management. The ideal candidate has excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, clinicians, patients, and the lay public. Comfort with technology such as Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) and remote collaboration tools (Zoom, Slack, etc.) strongly preferred.

Internship Details:

  • Internship will start in January 2023 and run through October 2023.
  • Internship is remote, unpaid, and part time. 2-5 hours per week are expected for the duration of the internship; additional time may be requested immediately prior to the September conference.
  • For most of the duration of the internship, 2-5 hours per week are expected. More time may be necessary immediately prior to the September conference.
  • The intern must be available to travel to the conference in Washington, DC from September 7-9, 2023. (The meeting begins the morning of September 7, so staff will arrive the day before.) During the conference, the intern is expected to be available from 8 am to 8 pm.  Travel and accommodations will be covered for the intern; they will not be responsible for these costs.
  • The intern will communicate with the TSC Alliance primarily through Zoom meetings and email.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applications due noon, Monday, December 5, 2022  Extended to noon, Monday, December 12, 2022

To apply:

Your information will then be passed along to the organization who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (


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Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program. Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US

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