Summer High School Internship Program


Summer High School Internship Program

The 2019 application period is now closed

About the Program

High school students are welcome to apply for an 8 week, paid summer research internship at Fred Hutch. The Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics. 

Selected interns will spend 1 full week in training.  This includes hands-on training in laboratory safety techniques and skills in our Training Labs, designated safe labs for minors. Interns will then be paired and matched to a host mentor who will supervise them over the remaining 7 weeks on specific projects or activities in the host lab.  Interns also attend weekly workshops and seminars.  The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week.

Orientation/Welcome Day is June 27, 2019
Program dates for 2019 are July 1 – Aug 23

Attendance during standard business hours for the entire duration of the program is required.  The program does not provide or arrange housing for interns. 

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more program details.

We encourage applicants to learn more about faculty research and each of the scientific divisions, please visit:  We also encourage applicants to (1) ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements (listed below) and (2) to begin assembling their application materials early, even before the application opens.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have completed 11th grade, but not graduated high school by the beginning of the internship. 
  • Strong scientific interest and academic background.
  • Be available for the entire duration of the 8-week program.
  • Ability to participate in an on-campus interview with one or more faculty members and staff.
  • Short essay response form, transcripts, resume and two teacher or professional recommendations.

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 internship opportunitites

Note to former SHIP Interns: Applications for returning interns (SHIP Leads) is now handled through the Pathways Undergraduate Researchers program.  Note that the application period for the Pathways Undergrads program is December 1 though January 31.


How to Apply

The application period for summer 2019 closed on March 31  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), resume (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, will not be considered

For useful tips on how to submit a strong application, please visit the Tips for Submitting a Quality Application High School page.  Please visit our FAQs page for more program details.

Applications for the summer of 2019 were accepted from Feb 1 through March 31, 2019. 

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.  Thank you for your understanding.

**Please note: SHIP staff are unable to facilitate research internships for students outside of the 8-week summer 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.

The Summer High School Internship Program is currently funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, along with generous support from AT&T, and the Goldstein Private Family Foundation. For more information about becoming a program sponsor, please contact