Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PIN) Visiting Undergraduate Student Internship Program 2023

Deadline: 2 January 2023.

Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PIN) Visiting Undergraduate Student Internship Program 2023

The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PIN) will be hosting a 2023 summer internship program. 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
  • 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
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.

Princeton Undergraduates

Currently enrolled Princeton undergraduate students can apply for summer funding to do research by creating an application in SAFE and searching for funding opportunities. Princeton students are encouraged to participate in the PNI Summer Internship Program activities.

All Princeton undergraduates should have funding, provided by the University, to participate in a summer research opportunity in a PNI faculty lab. You should search for funding opportunities in SAFE (to include Re-Match, Global Health, and others). Once you have secured funding, you can reach out to individual PNI faculty, based on your research interest, to see if they have availability in their lab for the summer. After you have secured university funding and a faculty lab assignment, you are welcome to participate with the NEU visiting Summer Internship Program (attend faculty talks, workshops, Matlab, webinars, etc.).

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.

FUNDING -Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PIN) Visiting Undergraduate Student Internship Program 2023

Funding for internships may be available through one of the sources listed below. Support must be in place for your summer opportunity. In some cases, opportunities will also offer funding for materials for your project. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research regarding funding requirements and deadlines.

  • S.A.F.E. (Student Activity Funding Engine) – The various University funding resources are posted on the S.A.F.E. website, each opportunity specifying the type of project it will support. Be careful to choose opportunities listing guidelines that are a good fit with your project. A single application is required; you will then indicate all of the opportunities for which you are applying for that application. The coordinators of the opportunities will work together to decide whether your application will be funded and, if accepted, the total amount of the award you will receive. Do not submit more than one application/project proposal or you will jeopardize your eligibility for support.
  • Outside Resources – Some online diligence may produce a source of funding for your internship. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an example. Such opportunities tend to be few but may be worth the time spent to identify them and apply. A discussion with your faculty mentor may help you identify funding resources used by prior undergraduates in your lab.
  • Faculty Support – In some instances, your faculty mentor may be able to provide an educational stipend. In such cases, written approval of that agreement should be sent via e-mail to the Undergraduate Administrator by your faculty mentor.

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.

How to Apply for the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PIN) Visiting Undergraduate Student Internship Program 2023

There are two ways to apply to the PNI Summer Internship Program

  • Undergraduates can apply directly through the application portal.
  • Princeton University is a member of the Leadership Alliance and encourages applicants 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 will be open November 1, 2022.
  • Applicants are encouraged to do both applications as becoming a member of the Leadership Alliance network provides additional benefits (beyond what PNI will offer,) including a summer trip to present your research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.
  • Princeton’s application requests additional information beyond what is included in the Leadership Alliance’s application (for example, lab placement requests. However, you need only submit the Application and PNI-SIP Questionnaire in our system and do not need to resubmit transcripts, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. We will receive that information from the Leadership Alliance.

To apply to the summer program, please complete and submit the following information through the application portal.

  • The application form within the online system
  • A personal statement
  • Transcript(s) of all undergraduate courses and grades, including the fall semester (submitted online). Transcripts should be sent as a .pdf, .doc, .docx, .jpg, or .html file. Please do not mail a hard copy of your transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members (submitted online by faculty recommenders – separate from the application form)
In your personal statement, please briefly describe your academic background, research interests, career goals, reasons for applying to the program, and how your participation in the program may assist in attaining your future ambitions. Please limit your statement to 750 words.

In your application form, we ask you to specify 3 or 4 PNI labs in which you would most prefer to work. You can learn more about our faculty and their research by exploring the PNI website, starting at the faculty researchpage. A number of faculty in Psychology also accept summer interns, including Prof. Casey Lew-Williams in the Princeton Baby Lab. Please note that not all of the faculty listed on this page will be participating in the program this year; only those listed in the application form will be valid choices.The online application system will have a dedicated section for entering the contact information for your recommenders. A notice will be emailed to each referee and they will be asked to complete a short reference survey and provide a brief overview of your qualifications for our program. You do not need to submit your application for your recommenders to receive their email notices. Please contact Ed Clayton with any questions, problems, or concerns regarding this policy.

It is helpful to have your recommendation letters come from college-level advisors, professors, researchers, or professionals who can remark on your laboratory skills, academic background, problem-solving abilities, and overall scholarship. Recommendations can be written by faculty/advisors from your home institution or by professionals outside your home institution (such as an advisor from a past internship). Current college freshmen should avoid submitting recommendations from high school teachers but should feel free to mention high school achievements in their personal statement.

You can change your referee only if she/he has not submitted a recommendation yet. To do so, log in to your application, revise the referee information and click the button to update your application. An automated email with the recommendation link will then go out to the new referee asking her/him to submit a recommendation on your behalf. The original referee will also receive an email notifying her/him that the prior invitation s/he received is no longer valid. Please let your original referee know of the change before she/he receives the automated email notice.

Your application is automatically considered complete and submitted once we have received all the appropriate materials. The online application system will display check marks once you’ve submitted the required responses. You can complete your application before your recommendation letters are submitted.

You can log in to the system and check the status of your recommendations anytime. If all required sections are checked off, your application is complete.

All visiting student applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by email in mid-March. Princeton students will be notified by mid-April.

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