Pathways Undergraduate Researchers is a full-time, paid summer internship program in Seattle. Interns spend most of their time immersed in nine weeks of mentored activities in a Fred Hutch research group with an intern partner. Students also participate in a cancer biology education series, attend professional development workshops and enjoy social activities with their teams and peers.
One of our goals is to give students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical science the opportunity to explore, clarify and strengthen their research-related career interests.
We encourage students with an interest in computational biology and/or programming to apply.
Jan 1: Online application opens
Feb 29: Online application closes - All materials, including references, are due by 11:59 pm on Feb 29
June 22 to Aug 21: Summer program
The Pathways Undergraduate Researchers internship is open to rising 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-year undergraduate students who:
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. Returning interns may also apply to the SCCA Clinical Scholars and SHIP Leads programs.
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.
If you don't meet the eligibility requirements, you can find additional scientific research opportunities from Pathways to Science, the Guide to Life Science Careers and the Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
In addition to engaging in mentored research, interns participate in professional development workshops designed to advance their knowledge and competence in three areas:
Interns also attend workshops on a variety of topics, including resumes and personal statements, effective mentor/mentee relationship, oral and written communication skills and preparing for life after college.
The program sponsors social activities to develop a supportive community among the interns and their mentors and colleagues at the Hutch.
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:
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 Corporate Gifts.
Applications for the program are available online.
Due to the competitive nature of the Pathways Undergraduate Researchers program, the following suggestions should be taken into consideration when preparing an application; however, adhering to these recommendations does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The application has two components — one that you complete and one that your references complete. We require two recommendations for your application to be considered.
Review the application early and thoroughly and complete your section well in advance of the deadline. To apply, you must:
Don’t forget to proofread your application and essay thoroughly for accuracy and completeness before submitting.
Once you complete your part of the application, we will send the recommendation form and instructions to your references via the email address you provide. Submit your section early so your references have time to complete/submit their form.
An informative recommendation should come from someone who can highlight the strengths you have that are relevant to the program, your quality as a student compared to other students, the accomplishments you achieved and how this program will further your academic and/or career goals.
When requesting a recommendation:
How the letter should be submitted:
We require a specific, easy-to-complete recommendation form. We do not accept free-form letters. In addition to contact information, our form asks your references to:
After you submit your portion of the application, your references will receive an email with instructions on how to download the recommendation form and submit it when they are finished.
The short essay responses are a crucial part of the application. Start early and take time to be sure your responses are thoughtful and carefully-written.
The short essay responses provide an opportunity to share your experiences and perspectives. It's also the primary place where you can elaborate on the qualities and attributes that will help you succeed in this program. Use specific examples. Essays should be written in full sentences and composed paragraphs. Ask friends, teachers, and/or advisors to review your essay for content, clarity and grammar.
The short essay responses each have 200-word limits, but we do not expect you to use all the space. Past essay topics include:
Fred Hutch interns are eligible to apply to return during the summer as Pathways Undergraduate Researchers, if they meet the eligibility requirements. In addition to the Pathways Undergraduate Intern program, they can also apply to be SCCA Clinical Scholars Program or Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP) Leads.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Clinical Scholars Program is a two-week collaborative effort by the SCCA and Fred Hutch. The program provides a structured opportunity for students to observe the high-quality care provided by the SCCA.
Clinical Scholars observe providers and advanced practice providers in the clinic, attend Patient Care Conferences, lectures, panel discussions, have 1:1 time with a mentor and more. Our goal is to give scholars an overview of different areas of healthcare to help them identify fields they hadn’t previously considered and may be interested in pursuing.
The Clinical Scholars Program is held during the third and fourth weeks of the Pathways Undergraduates Researchers Program.
To qualify for the Clinical Scholars program, applicants must:
Please note that we are unable to accommodate exceptions to any of the program requirements.
The following suggestions are designed to help students decide if they should apply. They are not rules and should not dissuade anyone with a strong interest in applying.
Returning interns participating in the Pathways Undergraduate Researchers Program can also apply to be leaders in the Summer High School Internship Program. SHIP Leads assist in the high school interns’ orientation and training week, and oversee selected activities with the high school interns.
Interns apply to be SHIP Leads through the Pathways Undergraduate Researchers Program application.