Pathways Undergraduates

Education & Training

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers includes the SHIP Leads and Clinical Scholars Programs

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted through March 31. 

About the Program

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is a one- to two-year, paid internship program for rising first-, second-, and third-year college students. During the summer, interns are immersed in nine weeks of mentored research at the Fred Hutch in Seattle, and participate in a cancer biology education series, professional development workshops, and social activities. In the following school year, the program engages students at their respective colleges/universities with online workshops, continued mentorship and academic support. Interns are required to participate in summer and academic year activities. 

The 2018 summer session will be held from June 25 through August 24.

The goal of the Pathways Undergraduate Researchers program is to bring a diversity of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives to the next generation of people dedicated to improving human health through advances in cancer research and care.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Rising 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year undergraduate student
  • Enrolled (or intending to be enrolled) in a two- or four-year college/university
  • Strong scientific interest and academic background
  • Commit to program time requirements
  • Ability to participate in an on-campus or video interview with selection panel

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 resource for other biomedical research internships

Alumni from the Fred Hutch Summer High School Internship Program wishing to return as interns must apply through this Pathways Undergraduate Researchers application.   

Program Components

Summer: The program centers on a nine-week, in-depth summer research experience, or “summer session,” at the Fred Hutch. During this time, interns are matched with a host research lab, and paired with another intern. The bulk of each intern’s time during the summer session is spent in the host research group. Program staff and participating research mentors arrange intern placement. Each intern’s scientific interest and professional development goals are considered during the placement process. Interns may express their interest in working with a particular host mentor, but placement is ultimately determined by the program. 

During the summer session, interns also participate in workshops and seminars designed to advance their knowledge and competence in three areas: (1) scientific: the latest advances in cancer research, (2) professional: guidance on different career paths within science/cancer research, and (3) social: building a network and community in science/cancer research.

Summer workshop topics include preparing a resume and personal statement, developing an effective mentor/mentee relationship, honing oral and written communication skills, and preparing for life after college.

Finally, the program sponsors social activities to develop a supportive community among the interns and their mentors and colleagues at the Fred Hutch.

Academic Year: In the following school year, the program engages students at their respective colleges/universities with online workshops, continued mentorship, and academic support. Webinars highlight cancer research careers and scientific advances. Online workshops develop career skills, including writing resumes and personal statements for career opportunities, and posters and abstracts for presenting research results. Individual mentoring and academic support is also provided as needed. 

Research Areas

Based on their interest, interns will conduct a cancer biology research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor in one of the Center's five divisions:

  • Basic Sciences: Conducts structural, genetic, molecular, cellular, developmental and evolutionary biology;
  • Human Biology: Interdisciplinary research; conducts lab-based and computational research at the interface of basic, clinical and population sciences;
  • Public Health Sciences: Uses large populations as a "laboratory" to look for links between cancer and its possible triggers, from diet and lifestyle to environmental and genetic factors. Conducts statistical, epidemiological and prevention studies around the world;
  • Clinical Research: Works to develop and analyze new treatments for cancers and other diseases; and
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease: Integrates computational, laboratory and clinical research method to advance the understanding of microbial pathogenesis and infectious disease processes and their link to cancer.


Interns receive an annual stipend of $4,000.

Travel & Research Expenses

Funding is available for research-related expenses. This includes travel to/from Fred Hutch for scientific conferences, research poster preparation, materials, or supplies.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application.  Please read this page and the Application Tips page carefully and see below for details.

Applications for the 2018-19 program must be received by March 31, 2018.  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), 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 by the deadline, will not be considered.

Click here to apply. Applications, including both recommendations, must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

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 or associated pages.

*Please note: Pathways staff do not facilitate research internships for undergraduate students outside of this program and will not accept unsolicited or late applications. To learn more about other internship programs, partnerships, and opportunities at the Fred Hutch, visit the Education & Training page.

These programs are supported by the NIH National Cancer Institute (R25-CA221770) and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U54-DK106829). For more information about becoming a program sponsor, please contact