Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP)

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What is SNIP?

The Summer Neuroscience Internship Program aims to support college students from diverse backgrounds who seek to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) training in neuroscience and prepare for rewarding careers in biomedical research, education and enterprise. Pursuant to this goal, our interns join active neuroscience research labs at the University of Florida (UF), one of the largest and most productive research universities in the United States, while also receiving highly personalized guidance on graduate school admissions, professional development and career planning.

SNIP is a 10-week paid research internship hosted by the UF Department of Neuroscience, and UF’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute. The 2023 summer program will run from Tuesday, May 30th -Friday, Aug. 4th, 2023. Selected students are expected to move-in over the weekend of May 27th. We accept applications from college students outside of UF, studying at U.S.-based institutions who are not already accepted into postgraduate programs. Our interns have represented colleges and universities from all regions of the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. All students interested in a neuroscience research career, and especially women and groups that remain disproportionately underrepresented in the sciences, are encouraged to apply. The application portal is now open. Applications and recommendations letters much be received by January 21st, 2023 for consideration.

SNIP students are provided a $5000 stipend for the 10wks and housing. 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). For consideration, students need to have completed their sophomore year. Preference is given towards students who are interested in pursuing neuroscience research in graduate school.

International Students: International students that are enrolled and currently studying at a U.S.-based university are eligible. International students must have a current, valid U.S. student visa to be admitted into the program. 

Current UF Undergraduates: For the 2023 internship year, UF undergraduate students will be provided the $5,000 stipend, but not housing. If already involved in research on campus, students can request to continue their project in their current lab provided it is associated with the Neuroscience Department/MBI.


SNIP is Directed by Dr. Jeremy McIntyre, and Co-directed by Dr. Karina Alvina. You may contact our program by sending an email to

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 neuromedicine seminar series that highlights research conducted by postdoctoral scientists and junior faculty from labs that span the full spectrum of neuroscience research.

SNIP interns also attend a weekly, professional development workshop that covers topics that will prepare students for successful training experiences in graduate school including applying to graduate school admissions, scientific writing, public speaking and professional networking.

At the conclusion of the program, all SNIP interns will present their findings at the SNIP Celebration of Research.

Throughout the summer, we also organize informal socials and activities to promote interactions among SNIP interns and with other summer research students as well as encourage participation in neuroscience related outreach activities.

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