Where will I be living if selected for the program?

If placed at our Sarasota campus, housing is provided at the Sarasota Opera’s Steinwach Artists Residences in downtown Sarasota (about 5 miles from Mote’s campus). You will share an apartment with up to 2 other interns. Each intern has a private bedroom, may share a bathroom with one other intern and has a shared kitchen and living space. A car is highly recommended but the city bus depot is a few blocks away and has a direct bus line to Mote.

If placed at any of our Florida Keys campuses, a housing stipend will be provided for off-site accommodation. A car is highly recommended for those that live off-site. You can tell us on the application if you plan to bring a car.

A suggested packing list is provided upon acceptance to the program. Housing is provided for full duration of the program. If students plan to arrive earlier or stay later, they must make their own arrangements for accommodation.

How is housing arranged for transgender or non-binary interns?

There is flexibility with housing and we will make arrangements that all persons are comfortable with.

If accepted, how do I make travel arrangements to get to Sarasota or Summerland Key?

You will be reimbursed for your travel upon arrival to the program up to $500. However, if you need the stipend in order to book your travel or are uncomfortable making your own arrangements, we can assist you. If your travel cost from your home institution or residence is more than $500, you can receive additional travel funds but must alert us ahead of making arrangements.

Can I have a job or be taking online classes during the program?

This program will be a full-time job. You will be expected to be at your lab from approximately 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (times are flexible under agreement with your mentor). We do our best to give you the financial support to make participating possible. However, working part-time or taking classes after hours or on the weekend is possible if necessary.

Are my living expenses fully covered over the summer?

Interns receive a $600/week stipend over the 10-week duration. Housing is provided in Sarasota and a housing stipend is provided to interns in the Florida Keys.

Can I start late/leave early?

We highly encourage all interns to participate in the full duration of the program. However, as long as interns arrive no later than the first week or leave no earlier than the last week of the program, we are flexible. We ask that interns notify us of scheduling conflicts as soon as possible.

Can I get time off during the program?

If you already have an important commitment scheduled (educational or professional opportunity, significant family milestone, etc.) then you can work directly with your mentor to arrange a reasonable amount of time off. However, we don’t encourage vacation planning or other optional time off during the program. Ten weeks is a very short amount of time to accomplish a research project so we expect you to be present from 9am-5pm every day unless circumstances are exceptional.