Hi Guys! Perhaps this a commonly asked question on Physics forums. If this has been addressed before then I apologize. I really value the input on this board from the experienced folks, hence the question. My first question : 1) What is required to be accepted for internships for places such as these, while still pursuing undergraduate degree. a) https://pande.stanford.edu b) http://labpages.moffitt.org/andersona/ c)http://labs.feinberg.northwestern.edu/swanson/ I would assume a great GPA, good LOR's, hands on research experience with a reputed group and perhaps some previous experience in the respective field. My second question : 1) Would it be beneficial to go to an ivy league school in undergrad with the prospect of getting into a top their grad school? Third and the final question : 2) What are the qualities and elements that graduate schools with top programs look for in their applicants? My assumption is the GPA, GRE, LOR, research experience and ability to conduct research. Looking forward to some input. Thank you.