Students should first examine the possible research teams within the program and identify a research topic and group in which they would like to work.  An important consideration in the application process is the potential for a match between the research interests of the student and the research being conducted within the program.  Students should rank the top three laboratories in which they would be interested in working. It is not necessary that applicants have any specific experience, although a background in engineering, neuroscience, or life sciences would be helpful.  The goal is to provide students with research experience that best serves their need to explore neuroscience or engineering research as a potential career option.

For summer 2017, applications will be accepted from December 1st through February 28th.

Update: Applications are currently under review.  We expect to notify applicants by 3/31 or soon thereafter, and all students who applied will receive some notification.  Do not email requesting status updates.

The link will redirect you to the RIC Human Resources website.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and applicants will need to provide:

  1. Top three lab choices (see Research)
  2. A resume including GPA (one page)

Current Northwestern University Students
Current NU students are eligible for additional sources of funding for summer  and are encouraged to apply for these in parallel. The application process for these mechanisms typically requires a project faculty mentor and title.  Students are encouraged to connect with RIC/NU faculty and discuss their proposal.  Students who receive support from the Northwestern mechanisms will be teamed up with the advising RIC/NU professor.  If you apply to these awards, please indicate this in your RIC/NU Internship application package.


For additional information about the application process or other questions, email Dr. Elliott Rouse (

Summer Research Internships in Engineering and Neuroscience is an equal opportunity program.


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