Summer High School Internship Program

The application for summer 2017 is closed.

About the Program

High school students are welcome to apply for an 8 week, paid summer research internship at Fred Hutch. The Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics. 

Selected interns will spend 1 full week in training.  This includes hands-on training in laboratory safety techniques and skills in our Training Labs, designated safe labs for minors. Interns will then be paired and matched to a host mentor who will supervise them over the remaining 7 weeks on specific projects or activities in the host lab.  Interns also attend weekly workshops and seminars.  The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week.

Program dates for 2017 are July 5 - August 25.

Attendance during standard business hours for the entire duration of the program is required.  The program does not provide or arrange housing for interns. 

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more program details.

We encourage applicants to learn more about faculty research and each of the scientific divisions, please visit:  We also encourage applicants to (1) ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements (listed below) and (2) to begin assembling their application materials early, even before the application opens.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed 11th grade, but not graduated high school by the beginning of the internship. 
  • Strong scientific interest and academic background.
  • Be available for the entire duration of the 8-week program.
  • Ability to participate in an on-campus interview with one or more faculty members and staff.
  • Short essay response form, transcripts, resume and two teacher or professional recommendations.

Students from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, persons with disabilities, and persons raised in economically disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Don't meet the eligibility requirements?  Please check out this catalog of cancer research internships in science or medicine offered to high school students at institutions nationwide.  We also encourage you to check our website in the future for new opportunities that may become available. 

How to Apply

Complete the online application.  Please read this page carefully and see below for details. 

The online application closed at 11:59 pm on March 31.  Recommendations are accepted until 11:59 pm on March 31.  Be sure to have contact information for your recommenders, your short essay response form (PDF), resume (PDF), and transcripts (PDF) ready to upload when you apply.  Your most recent transcripts are acceptable, even if they do not have final grades for your most recent semester.  Unofficial transcripts that have the school's header are acceptable; however, applicants should be prepared to supply official transcripts upon request.  Recommenders must use the recommendation form we provide them and submit it in PDF format according to instructions that will be emailed directly to the recommender after your application is submitted. You do not need to submit the recommendations when you submit the application, but you must include the email contact information for your recommenders.  We require two recommendation forms and will not accept additional letters or emailed recommendations.

Late or incomplete applications, including those that do not receive recommendations, will not be considered

For useful tips on how to submit a strong application, please visit the Tips for Submitting a Quality Application High School page.  Please visit our FAQs page for more program details..

The application for summer 2017 is closed.

Please read this page and links completely and carefully before contacting us.  For questions about the program or application process, please contact:  We do our best to answer inquiries.  Due to the high volume of inquiries we will not be able to respond to questions that are already answered on this page.  Thank you for your understanding.

The Summer High School Internship Program is currently funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, along with generous support from AT&T, Bank of America, the Goldstein Private Family Foundation, and Inspirus Credit Union. For more information about becoming a program sponsor, please contact