High School Summer Research Internships

Application Period: January 7 – March 3, 2019
Internship Period: June 10 – July 19, 2019

Program Description

hs-home-tab-resized 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 (Monday through Fri, 40 hours per week) for the entire six-week period.
  • Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and entering their junior or senior years in a Palm Beach County high school in the Fall of 2019.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older by the start date of the summer internship.
  • Interns will be compensated at $11.50/hour

Application Process

All applications are to be completed online by clicking here. The following are required for application: 
  • Responses to two essay questions (500 words maximum per question) 
  • Resume 
  • Unofficial transcripts showing coursework from middle school through high school 
  • AP Score Report (if applicable) 

Essay Questions

(include your name and question in your responses)

Essay 1: Please explain how participating in a summer research internship at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience will help you achieve your academic goals.

Essay 2: After researching our organization and selecting an internship track, please explain specific skills, knowledge, and/or experience you have that would make you a qualified intern.


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Internship Tracks

Neuroscience

Max Planck offers students the opportunity to take part in intensive neuroscience research in the laboratory. Students will gain experience doing hands-on “wet lab” techniques such as genetic engineering, microbiology preparations, histological staining, and microscopy. These techniques are a subset of methodologies used to answers basic research questions about the structure and function of neural circuits. Students with a strong background in biological and chemical sciences are well suited for this track.

Scientific Programming

New imaging technologies used for probing the brain generate large volumes of complex data. Analyzing and interpreting these data poses a unique challenge requiring skills from many disciplines. As a result, Max Planck offers students with a background in computer programming (particularly with Python, Matlab, and Java) the opportunity to work on projects developing software programs for use in image analysis. Students with a strong background in mathematics, physics, and programming are well suited for this track.

Mechanical Engineering

Students interested in gaining knowledge in mechanical engineering and design, as well as obtaining experience with machining tools may apply for an internship in our Mechanical Workshop. Interns are trained by expert machinists to design and create custom parts, using a CAD program called SolidWorks. These parts are then used to enable cutting-edge neuroscience research at the institute.

Former Interns

  • Subhash Kantamneni - Suncoast Community High School
  • William Swann - Saint Andrews School
  • Eugenia Victoria Gomez - Spanish River Community High School
  • Nikita Thomas - Suncoast Community High School
  • Seoyoung Kwon - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Cameron Pirozzi - The Benjamin School
  • Winston Cheung - Atlantic Community High School
Winston Cheung, Atlantic Community High School
Subhash Kantamneni, Suncoast Community High School
Seoyoung Kwon, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Nikita Thomas, Suncoast Community High School
Cameron Pirozzi, The Benjamin School
William Swann - Saint Andrews School
Eugenia Victoria Gomez - Spanish River Community High School
  • Nicholas Liautaud - Boca Raton Community High School
  • Joy Quan - Atlantic Community High School
  • Karen Copeland - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Lylybell Zhou - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Claudia Cabral - Suncoast Community High School
  • Prachi Bhavsar - University of Florida
Lylybell Zhou - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Joy Quan - Atlantic Community High School
Nicholas Liautaud - Boca Raton Community High School
Karen Copeland - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Claudia Cabral - Suncoast Community High School
Prachi Bhavsar - University of Florida
  • Karrie Raymond - Vanderbilt University
  • Himani Gubb - University of Florida
  • Lila Mish - Princeton University
  • Phillip Taylor - Princeton University
  • Cameron Winslow - Boston University
  • Scott Burstein - Duke University
  • Bernardo Hasbach - A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
  • Chioma Nwosu - John Hopkins University
  • Ryan Skelton - Spanish River High School
  • Roshni Patel - University of Miami
Scott Burstein, The Benjamin School
Phillip Taylor, Oxbridge Academy
Ryan Skelton, Spanish River
Lila Mish, American Heritage School
Bernardo Hasbach, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Karrie Raymond, Spanish River
Roshni Patel, Atlantic Community HS
Chioma Nwosu, Lake Worth Community HS
Cameron Winslow, Suncoast Community HS
Himani Gubbi, Suncoast Community HS
  • Simon Custer - Yale University
  • Alexander Refowich - University of Florida
  • Abrar Ahmed - University of Notre Dame
  • Kelsey Sanders - Rice University
  • Jacqueline Chen - Suncaost Community High School
  • Geoffrey Moody - The Benjamin School
  • Matias Scharager - Suncoast Community High School
  • Matthew Hader - Suncoast Community High School
Abrar Ahmed, Atlantic Community High School
Jacqueline Chen, Suncoast High School
Simon Custer, Atlantic High School
Matthew Hader, Suncoast High School
Geoffrey Moody, The Benjamin School
Alexander Refowich, Palm Beach Central High School
Kelsey Sanders, Spanish River High School
Matias Scharager, Suncoast High School
  • Jonathan Li - Stanford University
  • David McClintock - Brigham Young University - Provo
  • Rohan Challa - Stanford University
  • Anton Relin - University of Pennsylvania
  • Taisuke Yasuda - Carnegie Mellon University
  • Brittany Fischer - University of Florida
  • Revathi Ravella - Rice University
  • Samantha Grubner - Columbia University
  • Ibrahim Ali - University of Miami
  • Kirill Safin - Stanford University
  • Ximena Hasbach - Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • RJ Antonello - California Institue of Technology
  • Riancy Li - Columbia University
  • Miranda Craghead - University of Florida
  • James Hamilton - California Institue of Technology

Contact

Ilaria Drago

Education Outreach Coordinator Ilaria.drago@mpfi.org