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.  This may include:

  • Provide basic support to the laboratory
  • Assist with mouse colony maintenance
  • Genotyping by PCR
  • Stock lab products
  • Autoclave and remove biohazard trash
  • Prepare reagents
  • Perform general lab maintenance/upkeep
  • Assist with set-up of experiments and work with bio hazardous materials, HIV and HSV
  • Perform other duties as assigned

2.    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.  Internship duties may include:

  • Gain skills working in both research and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) environments
  • Assist in performing cell-based assays in support of HIV vaccine trials. These may include:
  • T and B cell ELISpot
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Cell culture and cell line maintenance
  • Data analysis and quality control
  • Media preparation
  • General lab maintenance including work with laboratory equipment, reagent control, and database management
  • Please note that the scope of the work may change based on the projects that need to be accomplished

3.    The Holland Lab's research focuses on using a system of postnatal gene transfer to study brain cancer formation in model systems, providing a model for the development of gliomas and medulloblastomas; demonstrating that stem cells are more sensitive to changes that can lead to cancer, providing clues to cancer development and its ability to evade treatment; and demonstrating the activity of a protein called Akt is elevated in human glioblastomas—a  finding that provided major insights into the development of this cancer.  Skills that will be demonstrated, taught and/or practiced are as follows:

  • Making stock solutions and general lab maintenance
  • Husbandry and genotyping by PCR
  • Cell culture
  • Western Blots
  • Transfection
  • Tumor production via intercranial injection
  • Histology
  • Other projects and techniques as time allows

Qualifications for each opening:

The intern must be entering junior or preferably senior year and have declared biology as a major at Pacific Lutheran University. 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. The intern must have scientific curiosity, be highly motivated, and have the desire to learn and work in a hands-on environment.  The intern must be able to work at least 3 consecutive days per week, and be reliable, on time, attentive to detail, organized, and have the ability to follow directions and take instruction and correction.

How to Apply

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

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2014.