Summer Program: June 10 - August 9, 2019 (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, summer courses in Python and Matlab, 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. Summer students also will participate in an end-of-summer poster session.

Applicants must be current undergraduates, and US citizens or permanent residents. The 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 in Chicago

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.

Program Details

The program runs for nine weeks from June 10 – August 9, 2019. 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. Lab assignments are emailed to program participants in mid-February.
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.
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.
Is there a dedicated application for PNI's summer internship program?
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. However, do not feel compelled to apply to the other programs if you are not interested in participating in those. Each program has specialized questionnaires. If you do not wish to apply to those programs, you only need open those questionnaires and indicate that you do not wish to be considered.
Are Non-U.S. citizens eligible to apply?
Non-U.S. citizens/residents 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.
Does PNI accept summer interns from the Leadership Alliance?
Princeton University is a member of the Leadership Alliance. Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply to both programs via the Princeton portal and via the Leadership Alliance-SR-EIP portal and select Princeton as one of their three site choices. We ask you to do both as becoming a member of the Leadership Alliance network provides additional benefits beyond what PNI will offer, including a summer trip to present your research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Princeton's application also requests additional information beyond what is included on the Leadership Alliance's application (for example, lab placement requests).
Contact Ed Clayton with any application questions.