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 program will run from June 1 -Aug. 6, 2021. We accept applications from college students outside of UF, studying at U.S.-based institutions who are not already accepted into postgraduate programs. International students that are currently studying at a U.S.-based university and have a valid visa are eligible to apply. 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.
All interns are offered housing and paid a stipend of $440 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). Preference is given towards students who have completed their junior year and are interested in pursuing neuroscience research in graduate school.
Current UF Undergraduates: For the 2021 internship year, we will accept four current UF undergraduates. Students will be provided the $440/week stipend and participation in all SNIP programs, but not housing. If already involved in research on campus, students can request to continue their project in their current lab as long as their PI provides a letter stating they will support 50% of the stipend.
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 Research Poster Day.
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.