Infectious Disease Sciences Training

Infectious Disease Sciences offers training opportunities for pre-baccalaureate and postgraduate students to gain experience in infectious disease research.


Infectious Disease Training Program  |  Joel Meyers Endowment  |  Summer Internship Program

Infectious Disease Training Program

The Training Program in Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host aims to develop the next generation of physician and postdoctoral scientists with expertise in infectious diseases that afflict transplant patients and other people with compromised immune systems. This program is supported by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health.

With rigorous, interdisciplinary training among world-renowned Fred Hutch scientists, the training prepares MD and PhD students to perform innovative, collaborative, clinically-relevant research on infectious diseases of immunocompromised individuals. We seek promising candidates who will use their expertise to develop novel strategies to prevent, treat and control these infections.

What to Expect in the Curriculum

The core curriculum includes formal courses, didactic exercises and conferences that are important for all trainees, regardless of academic achievement or research interests. Training includes skills-based programs that cover key learning objectives, as well as interactive programs that involve participating in conferences and research events.

The training program includes three integrated tracks that represent the expertise of our training faculty while also covering areas of innovation and unmet scientific and medical need. Each track is led by a senior faculty mentor with exceptional credentials.

  • Clinical Research, Infection Prevention and Stewardship
  • Immunology/Immunogenetics
  • Microbiome and Pathogenesis

For more information, download the program brochure.

Joel Meyers

Joel Meyers Endowment

The Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship was established in honor of the founder of Fred Hutch’s Infectious Disease Program. For more than 20 years, the fund has provided critical support to early-career physician-scientists who are on the cusp of launching independent careers after years of training. The scholarship helps advance the careers of high-caliber scientists, with the ultimate goal of eliminating infection-related deaths and disease among people with compromised immune systems.

Learn more about the Joel Meyers Endowment Scholarship

Infectious Disease Sciences Summer Scholars Internship Program

The Infectious Disease Sciences (IDS) Summer Scholars Internship Program on Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host is an integral part of our program’s training mission. We are excited to continue the program this year. Please find additional information below and how to apply. 

If you have a school sponsored internship award, or any specific questions about any individual PI’s or lab’s work, please email

Promoting diversity and inclusion is a central focus of the program. We strongly encouraged candidates from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation college students, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities.

Program Experiences

This training program offers a tailored experience to reflect the interests of each individual.


  • Conducting a hands-on research project with faculty mentors
  • Opportunity for clinical shadowing at UW Medical Center and Fred Hutch
  • Laboratory observation and practical experience
  • Presenting your project to faculty and fellow trainees, at the program’s conclusion
  • Accessing a wide variety of relevant research conferences, meetings, presentations and/or symposia, including:
    • Lab/group meetings, journal clubs
    • Affinity Groups on Mathematical Modeling and Infectious Diseases in Immunocompromised Hosts
    • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention committees

Areas of Focus

  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Herpesvirus and hepatitis B infections
  • Human Microbiota
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infection Prevention
  • Math Modeling (coding experience required)
  • Viral Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the internship?

  • Applicants must either be a currently enrolled undergraduate, medical student, or graduate student with a demonstrated interest in infectious disease, biomedical sciences, or related areas
  • We are unable to accept international students, but hope to have this option in the future 

How long is the internship?

  • 6-8 weeks
  • Applicants must arrange time to attend the program

What are the benefits of the internship?

  • Paid internship
  • Transportation
  • Resources for housing arrangements

Where will the internship be located?

Internships are on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center campus

What type of research would I be doing?

The Infectious Disease Sciences Program does a broad range of research from laboratory (bench-based science) to clinical studies. Most work focuses on infections on immunosuppressed populations (those with weakened immune systems) such as cancer and transplant patients. Go to the IDS division website and review the work of our different investigators to learn more about what might be available. Please note, we do our best to link students to mentors, but not all faculty will be able to work with students each summer.

How do I apply?

Please check back for updates to apply for the 2024 internship. 

Contact Us

Please contact us by email if you have any questions about Infectious Disease training programs.