June 11 - August 10, 2018 (9 weeks)

Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is offering a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. Participants will closely collaborate with students and faculty at PNI on original research projects, and thereby gain invaluable first-hand experience on what it is like to be a neuroscientist.

Summer interns will also participate in group educational activities, including weekly foundational overview lectures from PNI faculty, lab meetings with the researchers with whom they will work, journal club reading groups, plus special forums on topics such as career advice and graduate school application preparation. 

Applicants must be current undergraduates, US citizens, permanent residents, or foreign undergraduates attending a US educational institution. The program offers a competitive stipend and covers travel and housing expenses for visiting students.

The PNI welcomes and encourages applications from those who identify themselves as belonging to groups that have been historically underrepresented among researchers in the sciences. For the official federal designations of these groups, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note that this is a joint application with the Departments of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Quantitative and Computational Biology Program. If you are interested in applying to one of those programs as well, this joint application will allow you to do so via this single process.

Program Details

The program runs for nine weeks from June 11 – August 10, 2018. PNI will arrange for housing for visiting students. Current Princeton undergraduates will need to arrange for their own housing. If you have specific questions about housing arrangements on or off campus, please email Ed Clayton.
Each student is placed in a world-class research laboratory – headed by a Faculty member – and carries out an original research project. Students will experience first-hand what it is like to be a scientist. We carefully match students to labs based on their research interests as indicated in their application form, recommendation letters, and personal statement. We take into consideration each applicant’s overall experience, academic background, and objectives to ensure a good match. Particular lab requests cannot be guaranteed. Lab assignments are emailed to program participants in March.
Who Should Apply?
The summer undergraduate research program is geared towards undergraduates who have a strong passion for scientific research and are seriously considering graduate studies in neuroscience. We encourage applications from future researchers whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in the sciences, or who are from institutions that do not have large research programs.
Visiting student applicants must be current undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. International undergraduates attending a U.S. educational institution are also eligible to apply.
Princeton University undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) interested in participating are welcome to join the program if the student is able to secure a position and funding in an affiliated laboratory. Students should create an application in SAFE and search for funding opportunities there.  Princeton students should contact Paryn Wallace for assistance.
Are Non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?
It depends. Non-U.S. citizens/residents who attend a U.S. educational institution are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens/residents who attend a college or university located outside of the U.S. are not eligible to apply.
Are high school students, incoming college freshmen, or recent college graduates eligible to apply?
No. Applicants should be current undergraduates - rising sophomores, rising juniors, or rising seniors during the summer they participate in the program. High school students, incoming college freshmen, as well as students who will receive their bachelor’s degree before the start date of the summer program are not eligible to apply.
Contact Ed Clayton with any application questions.