Become a Mentor
WiN’s mission is to build a diverse community of leaders in neuroscience and neurology. We believe that mentorship is a key component to ensure our young women “WiNterns” build the confidence and leadership skills necessary to realize their career goals. For more information, download our 2024 faculty host flyer.
About the Summer Internship
WiN awards students an 10-week internship at UT Neuroscience or Dell Medical Neurology in a research or clinical setting. Students gain significant knowledge about the fields of neuroscience and neurology, hands-on experience, and personal and professional growth. The internship includes a $5,000 summer stipend so the student can supplement earnings while spending the summer learning.
Research and Clinical Hosts serve as mentors by including the intern as a member of their lab - guiding them through specific projects, teaching critical skills, allowing them to shadow your work, and more.
Kaelin was the most wonderful mentor on earth. My day consisted of collecting data by counting worms, setting up plates, helping around the lab, entering data, attending lab meetings, and shadowing Kaelin. With her guidance, the internship pushed me to learn and grow as a researcher.
Student WiNternsA Day in the Life
Each WiNtern is assigned to a mentor and their lab. On a daily basis, she shadows and works hands-on with her mentor and lab team to understand lab protocol, complete research tasks, and learn how the Scientific Method furthers research in that lab and in the fields of neuroscience and neurology.
Throughout the internship, interns come together for workshops and speaker sessions to broaden knowledge in these fields and to enhance personal and professional development.
Midway through the internship, the interns share experiences and lab research through presentations and lab visits. At the internship’s completion, each intern makes a final Presentation of Learning
- All interns are 18 years old or older
- All interns are undergraduates, ranging from incoming freshman to rising seniors
- Interns must work at least 30 hours per week, which includes:
- Virtual Speaker Series – 4-1/2 hours per week
- WiNtern group meetups – 1-1/2 hours per week
- Lab specific work – 24 hours per week
- Hosts must schedule and attend an introductory meeting with their intern at least 1 week before the June 3 start date
- Hosts are expected to attend their intern’s midterm and final presentations during the fourth and eighth weeks of the internship. Dates and times will be assigned during the first week of the internship, and we will happily work with your schedule.
- Faculty, interns and WiN staff are asked to sign an Expectations Contract to ensure expectations are aligned among all parties
WiN is constantly evolving and building additional resources for our students. If you are interested in being a mentor aside from our Summer Internship, let us know and we will keep you in the loop as we develop new programs.
WiN matches mentors with interns based on the information you provide. While we can’t guarantee that everything you request in an intern will be provided, the more specific you can be, the better match we can make. We aim for the internship to be a positive and enriching experience for the mentor as well as the intern.
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