About the Summer Program

In partnership with the Center for Diversity and Health Equity, the Office for Teaching, Education and Research is excited to debut its new Underrepresented Minorities in Research Summer Internship Program.

The goal of the program is to provide to provide underrepresented minority (URM) students an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical and/or translational research projects during the summer at Seattle Children’s Research Institute under the mentorship of experienced researchers and principal investigators. Students will learn to use lab equipment (as applicable), meet with mentors and gain valuable research experience. Students will also attend career and professional training sessions. Students may also be afforded the opportunity to shadow physicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. The purpose of the internship is to provide exposure to biomedical and/or public health research and to engage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health, and enhance the research capabilities of underrepresented minorities in research.

The URM Summer Internship Program provides experience to students of diverse backgrounds, including students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds; and students with disabilities. Students should be enrolled or soon to be enrolled in an undergraduate institution, or be a rising high school senior over 18 years of age.

The program will culminate with each intern publishing an article of their research project in a new Seattle Children’s Research Institute journal.

Interns will receive $17 an hour at 40 hours per week. Up to 30 hours per week will be dedicated toward research. The remaining 10 hours per week will be dedicated to the professional and academic development of the student, including time to write and edit their journal article and attend OTER professional and career development sessions. Interns will also receive an ORCA card and a lunch stipend. The program will last 8–10 weeks.


Students must have a strong background and interest in neuroscience, biology, chemistry, mathematics, pre-med, public health or a related biomedical field. Students must also be in good academic standing with a strong GPA. Ideal candidates are interested in pursuing medical or graduate studies in a biomedical field.

Minimum requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in an undergraduate program at an accredited university or a rising high school senior over age 18.
  • Must have a working knowledge of computers, standard office software packages (Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Access, Power Point, etc.) and standard office equipment (photocopiers, facsimiles, telephones, pagers, etc.).
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must possess a “can-do” attitude and a customer service orientation.
  • Be able to work in a discretionary way and to maintain confidentiality of processed information.
  • Have excellent organizational skills.

Preferred qualifications

Persons who are defined as underepresented minorities in research are especially encouraged to apply.

Underrepresented minorities are defined as:

Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the NSF to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans; Hispanics or Latinos; American Indians or Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; and other Pacific Islanders.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants must apply through this job requisition.

Students will be required to submit their resume and answer screening questions addressing all of the following topics:

  1. Why do you want to participate in this internship at Seattle Children’s Research Institute? Include any economic, cultural and/or social experiences; obstacles you have overcome; and/or community service that shaped your interests.
  2. What research areas are you interested in?
  3. What are your college or graduate school goals and what motivates you to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences?

Applicants will also be required to answer the following in their application:

  1. Describe your lab, clinical or previous research experience.
  2. Describe your relevant research skills or lab techniques.

Application Timeline

  • April 29 – Applications open
    • Rolling consideration of applications will proceed through May 31.
    • During the rolling period, students will be matched with PIs based on interest.
  • May 31 – Applications close
  • June 3 – Students may start on any Monday in June or early July
  • July 2019 – Students attend URM career panel
  • Fall 2019 – Summer URM journal published