INCternship Program 

Next round of applications: TBD


The INCternship Program cultivates extensive student involvement, leadership, and hands-on training using a model of upward mobility which encourages sustained STEM involvement and self-advocacy for students from underrepresented communities. Utilizing such skills, INCterns successfully thrive in a variety of clinical, physiological, and neurological research environments, therefore, fostering post-college success in such fields and contributing to the greater equity of the scientific community. 


INCternship Mission Statement

Our mission as the INCternship Program is to provide underrepresented undergraduate students with extensive training and knowledge of research and MRI equipment, professional development, and leadership skills. 

INCterns receive comprehensive hands-on experience with a diverse range of accredited research labs and their MRI protocols. Student and faculty-led professional seminars provide in-depth development in leadership skills, research processes, academic success, and the application of such skills in post-graduate labs and academic environments. Team collaboration supported by independent projects allows students to advance towards more coveted positions. The INCternship Program design focuses on strengthening and expediting lab data collection to further improve the efficiency of scientific research. 


Core Beliefs

  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity are the foundations of innovation and excellence

  • “Soft” skills are important skills to utilize for future success in science 

  • Team members should understand  what individual and team success looks like and how it can be achieved

  • Self-care maximizes individual and team productivity

  • Asking questions is encouraged 

  • Workplace conflict is most easily solved when identified early and discussed openly

  • Support and collaboration are key elements of any team or facility

  • Growth and development are cornerstones of success

  • Attention to detail is an important aspect of this position


INCtern initial job duties include:

Learning about equipment and neuroimaging research process (45%): observing scan sessions, learning how to use INC research equipment, working with INC staff and research teams to troubleshoot problems with equipment, developing a thorough understanding of INC facilities and processes

Learning about the science behind the studies (20%): attending talks, study discussions, reading neuroimaging articles

Professional skill development (20%): attending staff and supervision meetings, time management, teamwork, communication

Administrative tasks (15%): identifying areas for operational improvement and creating solutions that advance organizational goals

Ideally, you will be a part of our program for the duration of your undergraduate study so that you can grow your skills as a researcher. Once you have mastered the basic skills of the INCternship, you will be given additional responsibilities such as: assisting with the IRB application process, running participants through research protocols, managing younger INCterns, and ultimately doing your own analyses on research data. If you stay with the program for 2-3 years, you can expect to gain the skills you will need to excel in graduate school, or in a professional research assistant position after graduation. You can also expect your hours and pay to go up as you acquire more skills.


Learn More: Contact Research Assistant, Team Lead; Abigail Adams for any INCtern related inquiries;