Summer Program: May 30 - July 29, 2022 (tentative)

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute will be hosting a 2022 summer internship program. At this time we cannot guarantee that it will be an in person internship given the pandemic. However, we did offer a successful virtual program in Summer 2020 and 2021 and if need be, we will offer a remote program in Summer 2022. PNI's program is for highly motivated visiting undergraduates 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. 

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
  • Meal plan
  • 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

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.  Princeton students are encouraged to participate in the PNI Summer Internship program activities.
Program contacts:
Princeton University Undergraduate Students – Paryn Wallace
Non-Princeton Undergraduate Students – Ed Clayton