Pathways Undergraduates

Education & Training

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers

The application period for the 2019 summer program is now closed.

About the Program

Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is a full-time, paid summer internship program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Students are immersed in nine weeks of mentored activities in a Fred Hutch research group; participate in a cancer biology education series; professional development workshops; and social activities.

The 2019 summer session will be held from June 24 through August 23.

One of the goals of the program is to give students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science the opportunity to explore, clarify and strengthen their research-related career interests.

Returning students may also apply for the SHIP Leads and SCCA Clinical Scholars opportunities, which are within the Pathways Undergrads program.

Students with an interest in computational biology and/or programming are encouraged to apply.

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 academic background with science focus
  • Commitment to full nine-week program
  • Ability to participate in an on-campus or video interview with selection panel

Prior research experience is not required.

Interns from previous years may apply to return for a second summer if they meet the above eligibility requirements.

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.  

Program Components

The program centers on a full-time, nine-week, in-depth summer research experience 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 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 mentor, but placement is ultimately determined by the program. 

During the summer, 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.

Research Areas

Based on their interest, interns will engage in cancer biology research 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 a stipend of $4,000 for the summer and a free ORCA card for Seattle-area public transportation. 

Travel & Research Expenses

Funding is available for travel and research-related expenses. This may include travel to/from Seattle, attendance at a scientific conference, and special research materials and supplies.

How to Apply

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019 program.  

Please read this page and the Application Tips page 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.

This program is 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