Summer Program: June 8 - July 31, 2020 (8 weeks)

Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) offers a summer internship program for highly motivated undergraduates, providing education and hands-on research experience in the field of neuroscience. 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. 

Summer interns participate in group educational activities, including:

  • Weekly foundational overview lectures from PNI faculty
  • Summer courses in Python and Matlab
  • Lab meetings with the researchers with whom they will work
  • Journal club reading groups
  • Special forums on topics such as career advice and graduate school application preparation
  • End-of-summer poster session

The Summer Internship Program offers:

  • Competitive stipend
  • Travel costs to and from Princeton
  • Housing on campus
  • GRE Preparatory Course and Exam
  • Travel costs to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
PNI welcomes and encourages applications from all undergraduate students including 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.)

Program Details

The Summer Internship Program runs for eight weeks from June 8 – July 31, 2020. Each student is placed in a world-class research laboratory – headed by a faculty member – and carries out an original research project.  Students are thoughtfully matched to labs based on their research interests as indicated in their application form, recommendation letters, and personal statement. Careful consideration is taken of each applicant’s overall experience, academic background, and objectives. Lab assignments are emailed to program participants in mid-February.

Who Should Apply?

Non-Princeton Undergraduates
  • Current undergraduates who have a strong passion for scientific research and are seriously considering graduate studies in neuroscience.
  • 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.
Princeton Undergraduates
Princeton Students should create an application in SAFE and search for funding opportunities there. 
Program contacts:
Princeton University Undergraduate Students – Paryn Wallace
Non-Princeton Undergraduate Students – Ed Clayton