Internship Opportunities

Summer High School Internship Program

The application is now closed.  The application for summer 2015 will open February 1, 2015 (tentative).


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.  The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week.

Program dates for 2014 are Monday, June 30 to Friday, August 22.

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

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.
  • Cover letter, transcripts, resume and two teacher recommendation letters.
  • 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

The link to the online application will be available here during the open application period.  Complete the online application - see below for details. 

The online application opens on Saturday, February 1 and closes at 11:59 pm on Monday, March 31.  Recommendation letters are accepted until 11:59 pm on March 31.  Be sure to have contact information for your recommenders, your cover letter (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.  Recommendation letters must be submitted by the recommender 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 letters of recommendation when you submit the application, but you must include the email contact information for your recommenders.  We require two letters of recommendation and will not accept additional letters or emailed letters.

Late or incomplete applications, including those that do not receive recommendation letters, 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 read this page 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.