Internship Opportunities

Pacific Lutheran University Undergraduate Research Program

About Us:

Fred Hutch, home of three Nobel laureates, is an independent, nonprofit research institution dedicated to the development and advancement of biomedical research to eliminate cancer and other potentially fatal diseases. Recognized internationally for its pioneering work in bone-marrow transplantation, the Hutch’s five scientific divisions collaborate to form a unique environment for conducting basic and applied science. The Hutch, in collaboration with its clinical and research partners, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Pacific Northwest. Join us and make a difference!


We are currently seeking several interns for a small summer program for 3 different labs at Fred Hutch:

1.    The Lund lab, which seeks to understand the basic mechanisms of immunity to viral infections, is recruiting a student from PLU to intern for the summer and assist with basic laboratory maintenance and research. 

2.    The Prlic lab in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division is studying and manipulating CD8 T cells and NK cells for therapeutic purposes.

3.    The McElrath lab is a research and development laboratory within the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division (VIDD) and HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) at the Fred Hutch (FHCRC).  Our laboratory is one of many that strive to find a vaccine against the HIV-1 virus.  

Students from Pacific Lutheran University who intern for the summer and assist with basic laboratory maintenance and research will perform the following duties:

  • Provide basic support to the laboratory
  • Assist in some labs with mouse colony maintenance
  • Genotyping by PCR
  • Cell culture using sterile technique
  • Stock lab products
  • Autoclave and remove biohazard trash
  • Prepare reagents
  • Perform general lab maintenance/upkeep
  • Possible assistance with set-up of experiments, comfortable work with bio hazardous      materials, HIV, HSV, FLU, Malaria and bacteria
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Give a presentation at the end of summer about the skills and techniques you learned over the course of your internship


The intern must be 18 years or older, entering junior or preferably senior year and have declared biology as a major. This internship requires that you have completed at least three biology wet lab courses with emphasis on pipetting, PCR, recording in a lab notebook, proficient in MS Office programs and you are interested in research as a future career. Accuracy, responsibility and attention to detail are essential.

Work Schedule:

40 hours per week

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in research and what laboratory you prefer to work in this summer. You will also need two letters of recommendations from science professors. Interns will have the opportunity to receive credit for their internship in the event that it advances their degree

Application will remain open until filled.  To apply for the position, simply click on the link below: