How SPARK Works
SPARK provides ten weeks of intensive research study with some of the nation's leading scientists at Moffitt Cancer Center. Research Programs that host SPARK students include: Molecular Oncology; Immunology; Drug Discovery; Experimental Therapeutics; Risk Assessment, Detection and Intervention; Integrated Mathematical Oncology and Health Outcomes and Behavior.
Applicants should note that participation represents a 10-week commitment. Internships can be completed during any 10 weeks between May 1 and August 31.
For safety and security, all SPARK interns are subjected to a drug screen, a background check and a tuberculosis test (TB). SPARK interns will also be required to complete an online orientation and attend a Laboratory Research Operations Orientation. SPARK interns receive a taxable stipend to cover personal expenses.
Admission to the program is highly competitive. Selection is based on:
- Aptitude and interest in research demonstrated through relevant experience (examples: course work, hands-on research, or independent scholarship)
- A written essay
- Letter(s) of recommendation
- Academic performance
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.