The Puget Sound neuroscience program will provide some links and materials in relation to potential internship opportunities. Students are encouraged to apply and also seek out other opportunities as they come by. Please inform your advisor or the Neuroscience committee of your interests.

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity at UW

Are you an undergraduate student who would be interested in working this summer on a UW project that examines how genes and environmental factors work together to affect the development of addiction?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has established a competitive internship to support undergraduate students who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences (including African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Asian/Pacific Islanders‹although all can apply), to work on a NIDA-funded study during the summer of 2013.

We run a NIDA-funded study called Gene-Environment Interplay in the Development of Drug Abuse, HIV Sexual Risk Behavior and Comorbid Problems (GEDI, Karl G. Hill, PI), that is a multi-site collaboration of three longitudinal samples to examine how genes and environmental factors work together to influence the development of addiction. The GEDI study is part of a larger longitudinal study called the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP).

We would enjoy mentoring one or two undergraduate students interested in working with us this summer. Through NIDA support we would be able to fund (10 weeks, full-time) one or two undergraduate students from disciplines such as social welfare, psychology, public health and allied disciplines to work with us over the summer to learn about how this kind of social-behavioral research is conducted.

A strong interest in the topic of this study and an interest in preventing problem behaviors before they develop are important. Although sophisticated research and statistics skills are not needed, the students should be comfortable with a quantitative social science approach. Interested interns apply directly through NIDA.

For more information, and information on applications and contacts, please see the attached flyer, and/or follow the link below: Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Karl G Hill, PhD
Research Associate Professor Social Development Research Group - School of Social Work
University of Washington
P 206.685.3859


Allen Institute for Brain Science

Note: Students should clear their application with a neuroscience advisor or Siddharth Ramakrishnan prior to submitting.

Title: Summer Internship

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Institute Overview
Our mission at the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

We publicly share the knowledge, data and tools we create for the purpose of making an impact, hastening progress throughout the global scientific community toward discoveries that bring real-world utility. Our data and associated tools are openly available online via the Allen Brain Atlas data portal at

Program Overview
The Allen Institute is offering exciting internship opportunities across all areas of our research institute! Whether focused on one of our major research initiatives or part of a core science department that works across all of our initiatives, interns will be working side by side with some of the world’s leading scientists! If you are looking for an internship outside of science, we also have opportunities with our business operations teams.