Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Intern Program

Opportunity Description:

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is an intensive, nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.

In addition to completing a mentored research project, interns will participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school.  Workshops include:

  • Preparing a personal statement, resume, and abstract;
  • How to successfully apply to graduate or medical school; and
  • Preparing and presenting a scientific poster.

Interns will also attend weekly research seminars regarding a broad array of scientific topics. The program culminates with a competitive poster session.

The program also sponsors a number of social activities to foster interaction among interns and their mentors. Activities may include:

  • Attending a Seattle Mariners MLB game OR a Seattle Sounders FC match;
  • Riding the Seattle Great Wheel OR touring the Theo Chocolate Factory;
  • Taking a ferry to scenic Bainbridge Island; and
  • Hiking the trails on Mount Rainier.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Entering the summer BEFORE the final year (or semester or quarter) of undergraduate studies; and
  • Strong background in the sciences or related area of interest.

Application Process: 

The application consists of:

  • A one-page Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals outlining the applicant’s scientific background, current research interests and how participation in the SURP will advance academic and career aspirations
  • Transcripts
  • Up to two letters of recommendation
  • Identifying up to three faculty members the applicant would like to work with, and a short description of why their research is of interest

We recommend applicants start by reviewing the Recent Interns page to help identify faculty whose research is of interest. However, all Fred Hutch faculty are potential mentors. If applicants have a general sense for the type of research that interests them, the Faculty & Labs page can help determine the faculty within that scientific area of interest.

Application deadline generally falls sometime in January. 

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: