How SPARK Works

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 will be completed between May 5 and August 14.

For safety and security, all SPARK interns are subjected to a drug screen, a background check and tuberculosis test (TB.) Information on these requirements will be provided to students admitted to the Program. Immunization records must also be provided to Moffitt HR. SPARK interns will be required to complete an online orientation and attend a Laboratory Research Operations Orientation.

SPARK interns receive a taxable stipend to cover personal expenses. The $3,000 stipend will be distributed in two installments – the first in July and the second after completion of all program requirements which are due by August 31.

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.