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Internship Opportunities

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Can you imagine what it’s like to conduct cutting-edge research on the role of gene regulation in the cell cycle, identify potential biomarkers of disease for early detection of cancer, test vaccine candidates and identify important proteins for HIV prevention and control, manage information and data for scientists on our secure servers in the world of IT, or provide administrative support for Fred Hutch researchers, labs, and facilities? These experiences and more are available through an internship at the Hutch. Each program offers a valuable learning opportunity that can support your academic and career goals.

Graduate Programs

Natural Language Processing Internship

(Graduate and postgraduate students)

Overview

Clinical care produces vast amounts of data that could be valuable for research and for improving care, but most of that data is in the form of physician narratives. In this 10-week paid internship program, interns will work with natural language processing engineers, researchers, clinicians, data managers and system developers to create computational methods and tools for retrieving and using this information.

Past projects have included extracting data elements such as tumor size, genetic markers and treatment history from pathology reports. Future projects might include analyzing “hedging language” (such as worrisome and consistent with) and correlating it with the authors’ level of certainty.

Application dates:
Available soon
Program dates:
Available soon

Qualifications

  • Graduate student or recent master’s or Ph.D. graduate in computational linguistics or related field
  • Completed course work in shallow processing, deep processing and statistical methods

Cancer Research Internship for New Mexico State University Graduate Students

Overview

This nine-week paid internship program provides experience and mentorship for underrepresented New Mexico State University graduate students who are interested cancer research. Each intern will work with a faculty mentor in Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division to design and carry out a research project tailored to his or her interests. The program also includes weekly research seminars, professional development workshops and a competitive poster session.

Faculty in the Public Health Sciences Division have expertise in epidemiology, cancer prevention, health disparities, health economics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics and other population science disciplines. To learn more about their specific research interests, see the Labs/Projects page.

For more information about this internship, visit the Cancer Research Internship for New Mexico State University Graduate Students program page.

Application dates:
Mid-November 2015 – Feb. 5, 2016
Program dates:
May 31 – June 3, 2016
(mandatory Data Analysis Workshop at NMSU)

June 13 – Aug. 12, 2016
(internship in Seattle)

Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled NMSU graduate student (in a field such as public health, social work, physical anthropology, psychology, physiology, statistics or computer science)
  • Underrepresented student (with a disability, from a racial or ethnic background traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, or from an economically disadvantaged background)
  • Strong academic background

Social Media Marketing Internship

(Graduate students)

Overview

The Solid Tumor Translational Research (STTR) Program intern will help reach younger audiences with information about health and science careers as well as cancer prevention and early detection. The position offers opportunities to interact with top scientists and clinicians and help develop strategies to increase STTR’s brand recognition and social media presence.

Application dates:
Available soon
Program dates:
Available soon
(20 hours/week minimum for about 10 weeks)

Qualifications

  • Graduate student currently enrolled in an MBA or business program with a focus on marketing or social media
  • Home institution must offer credit for internship
  • Experience in Web design, social media, marketing, and associated tools and programs (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Adobe AEM/CQ)
  • Strong interest in the Fred Hutch mission and research/health care preferred

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Undergraduate Programs

Communications and Marketing Internship

(Undergraduates or recent college graduates)

Overview

The Communications & Marketing Department seeks one intern for each of four teams: Media Relations, UX Design, Marketing, and Writing. The department works to share the stories of Fred Hutch’s groundbreaking work with the local community and the world. The interns will work alongside Fred Hutch staff and provide support while learning valuable skills.

Application and program dates:
Communication and Marketing internship positions will be posted here when available.

Qualifications

  • Media Relations: Undergraduate or recent college graduate with background in communications, PR, or media relations; interest/experience in health or science preferred
  • UX Design: Undergraduate or recent college graduate in design-related field; proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign as well as WordPress and Blogger
  • Marketing: Undergraduate or recent college graduate with experience or coursework in communications and/or marketing; proficient in Word and Excel
  • Writing: Undergraduate or recent college graduate with background in writing and reporting; interest or experience in health or science preferred

Pacific Lutheran University Research Internship

(Undergraduates)

Overview

Three labs at Fred Hutch are seeking Pacific Lutheran University students for full-time summer internships:

  • Lund Lab, which researches the basic mechanisms of immunity to viral infections
  • Prlic Lab, which studies CD8 T cells and NK cells for therapeutic purposes
  • McElrath Lab, which is working on a vaccine against the HIV-1 virus

Interns will help with basic lab upkeep and support tasks, such as maintaining mouse colonies, PCR genotyping, cell culturing, stocking lab products, autoclaving, removing biohazard trash and preparing reagents. At the end of the summer, they will give a presentation about the skills and techniques they learned during the internship.

Application dates:
Available soon
Program dates:
Available soon

Qualifications

  • Pacific Lutheran University rising junior or (preferably) senior, majoring in biology
  • Age 18 or older
  • Completed at least three biology wet-lab courses with an emphasis on pipetting, PCR and recording in a lab notebook
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Interested in a research career
  • Comfortable working with biohazardous materials

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Overview

This nine-week paid internship program seeks undergraduates who are interested in biomedical research. Interns will select an area of interest and work with a faculty mentor to complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. 

Research areas include basic science, human biology, public health, clinical research, and vaccines and infectious disease. To learn about the research interests of Fred Hutch faculty, see the Labs/Projects page.

Interns will participate in weekly research seminars and workshops that help them prepare a competitive application for graduate or medical school. The program also includes group social activities such as sightseeing, hiking and sporting events.

For more information about this internship, visit the Summer Undergraduate Research Program page.

Application dates:
Mid-November 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016
Program dates:
June 13 – Aug. 12, 2016

Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled in a U.S. university or college
  • Entering senior year or final term after the summer
  • Strong background in the sciences or related area

Cancer Research Internship for Undergraduate Students

Overview

This nine-week paid internship provides experience and mentorship for underrepresented New Mexico State University undergraduates who are interested in biomedical research. Interns will select an area of interest and work with a faculty mentor to complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session. 

Research areas include basic science, human biology, public health, clinical research, and vaccines and infectious disease. To learn about the research interests of Fred Hutch faculty, see the Labs/Projects page.

Interns will participate in workshops that help them prepare a competitive application for graduate or medical school. The program also includes group social activities such as sightseeing, hiking and sporting events.

This program is integrated with Fred Hutch’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Please apply through it.

For more information about this internship, visit the Cancer Research Internships for Undergraduate Students program page.

Application dates:
Mid-November 2015 – Jan. 15, 2016
Program dates:
June 13 – Aug. 12, 2016

Qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled NMSU undergraduate
  • Underrepresented student (with a disability, from a racial or ethnic background traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, or from an economically disadvantaged background)
  • Entering senior year or final semester after the summer
  • Strong background in the sciences or related area

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High School Programs

Summer High School Internship

Overview

This eight-week, full-time paid internship for high school students includes one week of hands-on training in laboratory techniques and safety skills followed by seven weeks of supervised work in a Fred Hutch faculty member’s research lab. Interns will also attend weekly workshops and seminars and make a presentation during the final week.

To learn more about the research interests of Fred Hutch faculty, see the Labs/Projects page.

For more information about this internship, visit the Summer High School Internship Program page.

Application dates:
February 1 – March 31, 2016
Program dates:
July 5 – August 26, 2016

Qualifications

  • High school student entering senior year or final term after the summer
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Strong scientific interest and academic background
  • Ability to attend an on-campus interview
  • Available for entire eight weeks of program
  • Students with disabilities, from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply

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Partnerships

Technology Access Foundation and Year Up

Technology Access Foundation Training and Internship Program

(High school students)

Overview

This innovative program promotes diversity in the biomedical research field by giving underrepresented students valuable experiences, scientific training, and mentoring that will increase their likelihood of attending college and obtaining a graduate degree in science. Selected students start in 10th grade and continue for three years. The program includes 90 hours of instruction during each school year, followed by an eight-week, full-time internship during each of the three summers.

The six students in the program work in the Hutch Training Lab, a fully equipped lab that is free of hazards. The program is administered in partnership with the Technology Access Foundation and with support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about this program, visit the Technology Access Foundation page.

Application dates:
Feb. 1 – March 31, 2016
Program dates:
June 29 – Aug. 21, 2016

Year Up Internship

(Young adults ages 18-24)

Overview

Fred Hutch hosts interns each year through Year Up, a yearlong intensive education and internship program for urban young adults ages18 to 24. Year Up’s mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing young adults with the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. 

Fred Hutch, one of Year Up’s 10 founding corporate partners in the Puget Sound region, hosts one intern in Help Desk Support and one in A/V Technical Services. Prospective interns apply through the Year Up website.

For more information about this program, visit yearup.org.

Application dates:
Feb. 1 – March 31, 2016
For more information and to apply,
visit www.yearup.org.

Qualifications

  • Ages 18-24
  • High school graduate or GED
  • Low-to-moderate income
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or employment authorization card

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