SPARK internships are open to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical science (college graduates are not eligible). Selection is based on demonstrated interest in research through prior experience, a written essay and academic performance, along with recommendations from teachers or faculty members. Participation in the SPARK program is limited to two years of Program funding.
Admission to the program is determined by a committee of faculty members and their decision is final. Because of the volume of applications, it is not possible to provide feedback to those individuals who are not selected. Admission decisions are not discussed with parents. Admission to the program is highly competitive and many qualified applicants are turned down each year.
Unfortunately, the SPARK program is not able to fund housing for out-of-area interns. Candidates must make their own living arrangements and provide that local address at the time of admission. This address can be different than the corresponding (school) and permanent (home) addresses.