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Research and Internship Opportunities

Summer Research Funding

BFS students enrolled in any undergraduate school are eligible for BFS Summer Research Funding. Students apply through CURF's annual Spring funding cycle and select "Benjamin Franklin Scholars Summer Funding" via CURF's Common Research Application. Students seeking summer research funding should identify and meet with a faculty research mentor, follow the advice on writing a strong grant proposal on the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant page, and concurrently pursue other sources of funding.  CURF's Research pages can be enormously helpful in getting started.

If selected for funding by CURF's faculty research grant review panel, BFS students will receive supplemental research funding to defray the costs of their summer research. The maximum BFS Summer Research Funding is $2,100, but most awards are $500-$1,000, which can be used in conjunction with other summer research funding. Recipients will be expected to present their research findings at both CURF’s Fall Research Open House and CURF’s Spring Research Symposium.

Funding for Global Internship Program (GIP)

BFS funds the GIP experience for any BFS students who are selected to participate in an internship by Penn Global through Penn's Global Internship Program.  BFS students apply directly to the GIP program.

Neurosurgery Summer Internship – Application deadline:  March 31, 2018

Jenkins NeuroSpine, a private practice at Mount Sinai in New York City owned by Dr. Arthur Jenkins, is hosting a summer internship program for Ben Franklin scholars interested in medicine or neuroscience.  The program will fund one or two highly motivated students who will have the opportunity to shadow top neurosurgeons, gain exposure to the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit, and participate in physician office hours and rounds. Additionally, each intern will develop, present and be evaluated on a spine surgery clinical research project with the potential for publication.  Interns would be expected to dedicate approximately 35 hours per week.  The estimated duration would be June 4 – August 10.   Internships include a $3,000 student stipend.

Students must send their CV, 1 letter of reference, and a short cover letter (one or two paragraphs) to Ryan Adams – by March 31, 2018. Cover letter might address: what motivated you to apply for the internship, what do you hope to attain from the experience, how will it help you on your potential career path.