The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is now offering funding for a new program that focuses on getting US-based college undergraduate students interested in a career in neurology and the neurosciences.
The Neuroscience Is… Rewarding Internship program offers 20 students the opportunity to experience working in a clinic, research, or academic environment with mentorship from an AAN member. The goal of the internship is to provide college students with an experience working in neuroscience and exposure to patient care in neurology.
The internship program will take place during the Fall 2020 semester and will include a $1,500 student stipend for their work with up to and not exceeding $250 of the amount being available for supplies.
US-based institutions, practices, or labs that are interested in mentoring an undergraduate student intern are encouraged to submit an intern program proposal.
Application Deadline: August 9, 2019
Internship Program Goals
- To provide college students with experiences in neuroscience and exposure to patient care in neurology
- To create an end-product that promotes interest in neuroscience and neurology in the community
- To provide AAN members with the opportunity to mentor a college student
- Application deadline: Friday, August 9, 2019
- Internship can start any time after September 1, 2019, and intern must be paid in full by December 31, 2019 (even if internship continues to 2020)
- Recommendation: Internship span 4-12 weeks, but strong applications proposing alternative timeframes will be discussed
Internship Eligibility Requirements
The Applicant will be an AAN member such as an MD, DO, PhD, APP, or research scientist with a willing institution or practice setting to host an intern. Junior faculty are strongly encouraged to apply. One submission per applicant.
The Intern will be an undergraduate college student who will be completing the proposed internship, preferably a student majoring in neuroscience or pre-med (or related); or a student in a BS/BA-to-MD track. The AAN member will choose the intern candidate.
Required Application Materials are to be provided by the Applicant/AAN member. Application materials should be uploaded as a single PDF document. Please organize your application materials in the order stated on the application, using terminology from the application.
Internship Description should be no more than two pages and include the following:
- Your practice setting. Open to the following settings: academic, small group, private practice, and lab with clinical affiliation).
- How the internship will engage the intern clinically. This should include direct exposure to patient care as well as chart review, patient surveys, and/or shadowing. Please describe the anticipated amount of time commitment to clinical exposure per week.
- Internship's neuroscience project. This may be a literature search relevant to the end-product, collecting data or data mining for a clinical project, scientific experiments within a wet lab, etc. Please describe the anticipated time commitment for research per week.
- The proposed end-product to be produced by the intern. This may include how the intern will engage other college students, presenting his/her project in a class, put together patient education, make a poster, or contribute toward a grant application. Interns are encourage to submit an abstract to the AAN Annual Meeting. Interns will be expected to produce and submit a 60-second video summarizing their project and experience.
- Include a brief statement or short bulleted individual statements written acknowledgement of the following requirements:
- Statement that the intern will be paid a minimum of $1,500 for their work with up to and not exceeding $250 of this available for supplies by December 31, 2019
- Statement that the AAN member will provide the AAN a letter of enrollment, good standing, or an academic transcript from the intern's college prior to the start date of the internship
- Statement verifying that an end-product will be produced by the intern
- Statement that at of the end of the internship the AAN member will complete an evaluation (provided by AAN), and the intern will write and provide a one-page summary and reflection of the experience (outline provided by AAN)
- Statement that intern will complete a brief anonymous survey prior to or during internship, and another anonymous survey at the end of the internship (surveys provided by AAN)
Budget: The applicant will receive $1,500 to be provided to the intern. Up to and not exceeding $250 of this can be used for project or research costs at the discretion of the applicant and intern.
Please Note: Tasks such as lab housekeeping or clinical scribing are acceptable tasks in the overall internship. “Everyday” lab or clinic work does not have to be detailed in your proposal. It is understood that this will be an aspect of most undergraduate internships. Housekeeping and other menial tasks cannot be applied toward a clinical or neuroscience component of the internship.