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A special word of acknowledgment to the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation and its President, Alice J. Zuccaire, who made possible this program's launch in 2004. The legacy of the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation's support lies in the young scientists who were trained in this program from 2004 to 2009.
The Undergraduate Internship Program
As a result of the fame that accompanied Louis Pasteur’s discovery of a treatment for rabies in 1886, scientists sought Pasteur for training. Soon thereafter, in June 1887, the Institut Pasteur was established. Following in this tradition, the Pasteur Foundation created a summer internship program for American undergraduates who wish to pursue a scientific career.
Located in the heart of Paris, the Institut Pasteur is one of the world's leading biomedical research organizations. With 130+ laboratories and 2,500 people on campus, it is a vibrant, international community devoted to basic scientific research primarily in the area of infectious disease.
The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduates with the rare opportunity to conduct summer research at the Institut Pasteur. The foundation’s goal is to encourage students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.
Each year, laboratories at the Institut Pasteur are chosen to host U.S. undergraduates. For the Summer of 2013, the host labs will be the Shorte, Spaeth and Wain-Hobson labs.
For answers to some of your questions, please read the FAQ [PDF]. The Summer 2013 Application is available here [PDF]. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for important program announcements.
During the internships, interns will carry out research supervised by a lab mentor. Applicants should be eager to engage with a different culture, and self-sufficient enough to arrange travel and secure housing in Paris. Depending on availability, affordable housing in a residence on campus may be possible. Interns will receive the equivalent of a living allowance of $500 per week for a maximum of $5,000. Travel/housing are not paid by this program, but a $1,500 subsidy is provided and intended to defray costs of travel and requisite insurance.
Eligibility: Applicants must 1) be undergraduates with an excellent academic record and a strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research (prior lab experience is highly recommended); 2) have completed three full years (six semesters) of college course work by the time the internship commences (be a rising senior); and 3) not have received an undergraduate degree at the time of the internship (Summer 2013). Knowledge of French or desire to learn it is advisable. This program is open to U.S. citizens only.
The application deadline will be December 21, 2012. Applicants are notified in February, and awardees are asked to accept or decline their positions by early March.
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