Office for Teaching, Education and Research

Underrepresented Minorities in Research Internship

About the Summer Program

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

The goal of the program is to provide to provide underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate 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. 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, especially students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Students should be enrolled or soon to be enrolled in an undergraduate institution, or recently graduated (within 6 months), and be over 18 years of age.

The program will culminate with each intern publishing an abstract of their research project in the Summer Internship final report, and be invited to submit their abstract for a poster presentation at OTER's annual Postdoc and Student Research Symposium (held every November).

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 up to 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. Students must be from a university or college local to Seattle, or be able to reside in or around Seattle during the summer internship. 

Minimum requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in an undergraduate program at an accredited university.
  • Must have a working knowledge of computers, standard office software packages (Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, 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.

DACA and DREAMers are encouraged to apply. We only require that you be legally able to work in the United States. 

Application Requirements

Applications will open in late January 2020 for the summer of 2020. Check back for specific details and dates soon!

Students will be requested to provide the name of their top three projects for the internship, selected from this list.

Application Timeline

  • January – Applications open.
    • Rolling consideration of applications will proceed through May 31.
    • During the rolling period, students will be matched with PIs based on interest.
  • March – Applications close.
  • June 8, 15, 22 or 29 – Students may start on any Monday in June.
    • Program will run 10 weeks.
  • Fall 2020 – Summer URM program report published and distributed.