Visiting Undergraduate Student Internship Program

PNI's program is for highly motivated visiting undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience or a related field. PNI provides education and hands-on research experience and participants collaborate closely with students and faculty at PNI on original research projects and gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist. 

Princeton Undergraduates

Currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate students can apply for summer funding to do research by creating an application in SAFE and searching for funding opportunities. Princeton students are encouraged to participate in the PNI Summer Internship Program activities.

All Princeton undergraduates should have funding, provided by the University, to participate in a summer research opportunity in a PNI faculty lab. You should search for funding opportunities in SAFE (to include Re-Match, Global Health, and others). Once you have secured funding, you can reach out to individual PNI faculty, based on your research interest, to see if they have availability in their lab for the summer. After you have secured university funding and a faculty lab assignment, you are welcome to participate with the NEU visiting Summer Internship Program (attend faculty talks, workshops, Matlab, webinars, etc.).

FUNDING

Funding for internships may be available through one of the sources listed below. Support must be in place for your summer opportunity. In some cases, opportunities will also offer funding for materials for your project. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research regarding funding requirements and deadlines.

  • S.A.F.E. (Student Activity Funding Engine) - The various University funding resources are posted on the S.A.F.E. website, each opportunity specifying the type of project it will support. Be careful to choose opportunities listing guidelines that are a good fit with your project. A single application is required; you will then indicate all of the opportunities for which you are applying for that application. The coordinators of the opportunities will work together to decide whether your application will be funded and, if accepted, the total amount of the award you will receive. Do not submit more than one application/project proposal or you will jeopardize your eligibility for support.
  • Outside Resources - Some online diligence may produce a source of funding for your internship. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an example. Such opportunities tend to be few but may be worth the time spent to identify them and apply. A discussion with your faculty mentor may help you identify funding resources used by prior undergraduates in your lab.
  • Faculty Support - In some instances, your faculty mentor may be able to provide an educational stipend. In such cases, written approval of that agreement should be sent via e-mail to the Undergraduate Administrator by your faculty mentor.