PNI's Summer Internship Program (SIP) is for highly motivated non-Princeton undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in neuroscience or a related field. While this internship program is only open to visiting undergraduates, current Princeton undergraduates can apply for an internship in a PNI lab and are welcome to join in the programming and events of SIP.  PNI provides education and hands-on research experience for interns to 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.

Non-Princeton undergraduate applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, per the requirements of our NSF funding. Applications are accepted through the Leadership Alliance-SR-EIP portal, which opens November 1, 2023.

Current Princeton undergraduates can apply to join a PNI lab as a summer intern via the SAFE portal

Program Details

Our program will span 9 weeks: June 3 – August 2, 2024. Move in date will be Sunday June 2, 2024.

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.

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
  • Attend Leadership Alliance National Symposium
  • Attend Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

The Summer Internship Program offers:

  • Competitive stipend
  • Travel costs to and from Princeton
  • Housing on campus
  • Meal plan
  • Travel costs to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting


Read more about the Application Process

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Program Contacts

Non-Princeton Undergraduates
Gabby Xu

Princeton Undergraduates
Adrian Cupid

Who Should Apply?

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.

Non-Princeton Undergraduates

  • Princeton University is a member of the Leadership Alliance and non Princeton applicants are asked to apply to the Program through the Leadership Alliance-SR-EIP portal and select Princeton as one of their three site choices. The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of academic institutions that encourage diversity and work to prepare young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and are not exclusionary on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The Leadership Alliance application portal opens November 1, 2023.
  • 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. Princeton students are encouraged to participate in the Summer Internship Program (SIP) activities.