High School Summer Research Internships

Applications for the 2015 Internship Program (June 15 – July 24, 2015) will be accepted
January 1 – March 2, 2015

Open to high school students preparing to enter their junior or senior year, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) Summer Research Internship offers aspiring scientists an immersive laboratory experience with MPFI researchers. This six-week internship is designed for students with an interest in brain structure, function and development, and the advanced imaging techniques and technologies used in neuroscience.

Interns will participate in research projects alongside MPFI scientists, prepare a written scientific abstract based on their research project and deliver a short presentation at the end of the summer.

Program Details & Requirements

  • Applicants must be available to work full time (Mon-Fri, 40 hours per week) for the entire six-week period.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents who will begin their junior or senior years in a Palm Beach County high school in the Fall of the year they’re applying.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older by the start date of the summer internship.
    Interns will be compensated at a competitive rate.
  • While students of all ethnic and cultural groups are accepted into the program, a special emphasis is placed on identifying and recruiting students who are historically underrepresented in the sciences (e.g., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander, or Native American students).

Application Process

All applications are to be completed online via the application link at the bottom of this page. The following are required for application (PDFs are preferred):

  • Responses to two essay questions
  • Resume (must be uploaded within the online application portal)
  • Unofficial transcripts (can be uploaded via application portal, mailed or emailed)
  • Two letters of recommendation (emailed to education at mpfi.org)

Submission of supplementary materials

Digital files may be submitted via email to education at mpfi.org

Files submitted via email should contain the applicant name and program title in the Subject line (e.g. Subject: Jane Doe – High School Research Internship)

Hard copy documents may be submitted via regular mail to:

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
High School Summer Research Internship Program
One Max Planck Way
Jupiter, FL 33458

Essay Questions

Question 1: In 500 words or less, please explain how participating in the summer research internship at Max Planck Florida Institute will help you achieve your career goals?

Question 2: In 500 words or less, explain how you became interested in science. Take a few moments to explore our Group Leaders’ research biographies found on the Max Planck Florida Institute website. Please select one Group Leader, and explain how their research aligns with your interests. If you are applying for an internship in our Machine Shop, please describe your interests in engineering and design techniques.

The 2015 High School Summer Research Internship Program application period is closed.