Office for Teaching, Education and Research

Underrepresented Minority Students in Research Internship Program

 About the Summer Internship Program

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

The goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with a background that is historically underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences 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 on topics such as writing abstracts, résumé writing, cultivating interview skills, crafting an effective LinkedIn profile and more. 

The Summer Internship Program provides experience to students of diverse backgrounds, and in particular students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Students should be enrolled or soon to be enrolled in an undergraduate institution, or have 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 internship's Program Report, and present a poster of their summer research at an online poster presentation session held at the end of the summer program.

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 research abstract and attend career and professional development sessions. Interns will also receive an ORCA card and a lunch stipend ($750). The program will last up to 10 weeks. Some interns may be eligible for travel and lodging assistance, if needed.

Explore our database of internship projects for 2021 here.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applicants will be contacted directly about the status of their applications by April 21, 2021.

Program Information

  • We are planning for the 2021 Underrepresented Minority Student Internship Program to be an in-person experience. The program may be adjusted to accommodate social distancing and infection control protocols, to be determined later in the spring. 

    If needed, the URM Internship Program may be adapted for a remote-only model if spread of COVID-19 becomes critical. Projects that will be able to be adapted for a remote-only experience will be noted in the project database, and only these projects will proceed for the summer program if we are no longer able to conduct an in-person program. 

    Applicants chosen for projects that cannot be translated into a remote-only model will be notified as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Questions regarding our in-person and remote-only programs can be directed to oter@seattlechildrens.org 

  • Students must have a strong background and interest in one of the following fields: neuroscience, biology, chemistry, mathematics, pre-med, behavioral health, 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 or public health 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.
    • Currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in an undergraduate program at an accredited university or college. Recent undergraduates who have obtained their baccalaureate within the last 6 months may also be eligible to apply. Applicants currently in graduate school or medical school are not eligible to apply.
    • 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, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
    • Must possess a “can-do” attitude and a customer service orientation.
    • Must adhere and demonstrate Children's values of compassion, excellence, equity, innovation, integrity, and collaboration.
    • Be able to work in a discretionary way and to maintain confidentiality of processed information.

     

    Preferred qualifications

    Seattle Children’s adheres to the NIH’s definition of underrepresented minorities in medicine. The NIH defines persons who are underrepresented minorities 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: Black or African Americans; Hispanics or Latinos; American Indians or Alaska Natives; Native Hawaiians; and other Pacific Islanders.

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

  • Application requirements

    Resume:

    Please prepare to submit as part of your application process a resume that includes:

    • Name
    • Contact information (address, phone number, email)
    • College and anticipated year of graduation
    • (Anticipated) major; minor (if applicable)
    • Current GPA
    • Any awards and honors received
    • Any volunteer or work experience (e.g., church activities, community service, clubs/organizations, etc.)
    • Any leadership roles
    • Relevant skills and strengths

    Cover Letter/Personal Statement:

    • Cover letter detailing responses to the following questions:
      • What are your career goals?
      • What research background do you have, if any? (Note: a lack of research experience may not exclude you from the internship opportunity.)
      • How do you think this internship will help you achieve your career goals?

    Personal/Professional Reference:

    • The names and email address of 1 reference. 
    • We will contact your reference directly if your application proceeds to the interview stage of our application process. References will likely be contacted at the end of March or in early April.

    Choose your preferred project(s):

    • Provide the name of your top three projects for the internship and why you chose those projects.
    • Select 3 projects from this list

    Application timeline

    • February 1: Applications open.
    • February 28: Applications close
    • March 1 - April 15: Applications Reviewed & Selections Made
      • Applicants will be notified of selection for first round interviews or rejection by April 21
    • May - June 18: Onboarding for Selected Interns
    • June 21 - Aug 27: Internship 
    • Fall 2021 – Summer URM program report published and distributed.
    • November TBD – OTER's Postdoc and Student Research Symposium – Students invited to present their summer research from the internship.

    If you'd like to help us spread the word, please do so by posting or sharing our internship flyer (PDF).

    Please note: We will notify you of the status of your application by the end of April. Please do not email to inquire the status of your application.

    Also, please refrain from contacting our principal investigators directly and allow our selection and application evaluation process to progress as designed. 

  • Candidates may submit their application and materials via our online careers portal. 

     

    Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applicants will hear about the status of their applications by April 1, 2021. 

  • Download our annual report from the Underrepresented Minority Students in Research Internship Program.

How You Can Support

Seattle Children's encourages your financial support of our program through direct donation. All donations go directly to supporting the students and the program. We are striving to continue to grow and expand the program so that more students may participate in the future. 

We strongly encourage anyone interested in supporting this important equity initiative to do so through direct donation to the program. Click here to make your contribution!