Summer Neuroscience Internship Program

What is SNIP?

The Summer Neuroscience Internship Program is a 10 week paid research internship from May 29 – August 3, 2018 hosted by the University of Florida’s Department of Neuroscience, a constituent department of the McKnight Brain Institute and the College of Medicine.  We accept applications from college students studying at US-based institutions who are not already accepted into postgraduate programs.  Our interns have represented colleges and universities from all regions of the continental United States and Puerto Rico.  All students interested in a neuroscience research career, and especially women and groups that remain disproportionately under-represented in the sciences, are encouraged to apply.

All interns are offered housing and paid a stipend of $400 per week.  Though previous research training is not required, applicants should show strong evidence of coursework in a relevant discipline (for example: psychology, biology, engineering, chemistry, pharmacology, genetics).

Drs. Sara Burke, Joseph McQuail, and Sarah Johnson are the Co-Directors of SNIP, Abbi Hernandez is the Graduate Advisor, and Elizabeth Fisher is the Program Coordinator.

What is the SNIP experience?

First and foremost, all SNIP interns are mentored by an experienced neuroscientist and assigned a research project in their mentor’s lab.  SNIP interns are expected to conduct themselves as full-fledged members of their lab, carrying out research and other lab duties during regular business hours and also as required by specific experiments.

SNIP interns attend a weekly neuroscience seminar series that showcases research conducted by postdoctoral scientists and junior faculty from labs that span the full spectrum of neuroscience research at the University of Florida.

SNIP interns also attend a weekly, lunch-time professional development workshop that covers topics that range from graduate school admissions and education, starting your own research lab, teaching in neuroscience, finding careers in science industry, scientific writing, and making research presentations.

At the conclusion of the program, all SNIP interns present their findings at the SNIP Research Poster Day and cash prizes are given to the top presenters.

Throughout the summer, we also organize informal socials and activities to promote interactions among SNIP interns and with other summer research students (University Scholars, Physics REU, Magnet Lab REU, etc.) as well as encourage participation in neuroscience related outreach activities.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted no sooner than December 1. Review of completed applications is conducted on January 15, February 15, and March 15.  Applications that are not completed by March 15, 2018 will not be considered.

To complete the application you will need:

  1. Copies of academic transcripts from each college or university that you have attended (merged into a single PDF)
  2. Copy of your SAT or ACT scores (choose one)
  3. Copies of GRE or MCAT scores (optional, if available)

You will also be asked to provide:

  1. Names of two letter writers who will send their recommendations directly to
  2. Names of up to 3 scientists at the University of Florida who’s research aligns with your own interests (a complete listing of neuroscience faculty can be found here)
  3. A one page personal statement in .doc, .docx or .pdf format

Applicants who meet preliminary selection criteria will be contacted by email to arrange a phone interview with members of the SNIP selection committee.  Interviewees are asked to elaborate upon their research interests and career goals and this information (along with that provided in the written application) will be used to identify a suitable mentor who matches well with the applicant’s interests.  However, the interview is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program by email and this notification will also contain information about the faculty mentor.  Applicants have 14 days to accept or decline the offer.

Applicants not accepted into the program will be notified by email no later than April 15.