Job Title: Intern, Controlled Environment (CE)

Reporting to: CE Scientists

Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA


About Pairwise:

Pairwise is a mission-driven, food+tech company dedicated to building a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables. Pairwise was founded in 2017 by scientists at Harvard University, MIT, and Broad Institute who are eminent in the field of gene editing, as well as biotechnology industry pioneers. Our team is tuned in to consumer food trends, and we believe that consumers deserve more variety and innovation in their fresh food choices. We are primed to deliver that innovation through one of the best gene-editing platforms in food and agriculture. Pairwise has an exclusive 5-year research collaboration with Bayer to develop products in corn, soybean, wheat, canola, and cotton. Plus, Pairwise is developing new types of leafy greens, berries, and stone fruit, with the first product expected in late 2023. Pairwise is based in the start-up friendly Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina.


About This Role:

We are seeking passionate, engaging, ready-to-learn interns to join us for Summer 2022. We are looking for interns with majors in: Horticulture or agriculture related areas (plant physiology, botany, plant pathology, or breeding). Pairwise offers the opportunity of getting to work with industry leading scientists and professionals in a cutting edge, industry changing, food+tech company. Our interns will be integrated with our teams here at Pairwise to allow for hands on learning in a fast-paced start-up environment. Interns will also have season long cap-stone projects that will add real value and help the team resolve real-world challenges they are currently facing. We like to have fun at Pairwise, so the summer won’t be all work and no play! Pairwise interns will not only have “Intern Only” meeting sessions to talk about their experience and share thoughts and feedback with each other, but will also have events to help with career and educational planning, and team building trips to share in the fun of summer in North Carolina.


Essential Functions:

The intern will collaborate and support research and pipeline activities within the Controlled Environments Team. The intern will be expected to manage one research project that they will present at the conclusion of the internship. Intern will also be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day tasks required to run a controlled environment research facility.

The Intern will be involved in a program aimed to improve cultural practices in controlled environment spaces in various row and consumer crop species. The intern will be an integral part of a team conducting research and plant growth activities. The individual will be involved in activities such as improving plant quality and plant multiplication. Such activities could include plant propagation, treatment of plant material with chemicals and non-chemical sources, and routine plant care/maintenance. The intern will use the scientific method to plan and execute their own study. The intern will work under the guidance of Scientists and the Controlled Environments staff and will be directly involved in critical discussions and decisions regarding experimental planning, execution, and result analysis.


Required Education & Experience:

·       A student currently enrolled in a Bachelors, Masters or PhD program in one of the following disciplines:

o   Horticulture

o   Agriculture related areas – plant physiology, botany, plant pathology, or breeding.

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as math and computer skills.

·       Individual must have a high degree of self-motivation, take initiative, be able to shift priorities, and be organized.

·       May be required to do physical lifting (35 pounds), work in varying ergonomic settings, and tolerate hot/humid environments.



·       Paid internship experience in a field relevant to your studies!

·       Real-world, industry work experience.

·       Casual work environment.

·       Mission-driven organization focused on creating healthier fruits and veggies.

·       A cutting-edge, driven community looking to lead the industry in innovation and nutrition.


EEO Statement:
We're an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.