• Summer Research Internship

    Job ID 2020-34698
    Area of Interest
    Research & Development
    Location Name
    Jack R MacDonald Building
    FTE/Hours per pay period
    Per Diem (hours per bi-weekly pay periods varies)
    Work Status
    Per Diem
    Research HR
    Day Shift
    Primary Location : City
    Primary Location : State/Province
  • About Us

    Hope. Care. Cure. These three simple words capture what we do at Seattle Children’s – to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.  Are you ready to engage with a mission-driven organization that is life-changing to many, and touches the hearts of all? #HOPECARECURE


    As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to providing hope, care, and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.


    Our investigators are involved in hundreds of projects that cover every phase of research, from studying how diseases work to improving investigational therapies. They have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child's immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine. 


    Researchers work in close collaboration with one another, their colleagues at partner institutions including the University of Washington and Fred Hutch and our healthcare providers at Seattle Children's Hospital, one of U.S. News & World Report’s top children's hospitals. This collaboration is one of our key strengths, allowing our faculty to draw on a variety of disciplines and techniques as they pursue solutions to some of medicine's most complex problems.


    We are committed to not only treating disease but to eliminating it. Help us achieve our vision of being a worldwide leader in pediatric research aimed to improve the health and well-being of children. If you are interested in a challenging career aimed at groundbreaking research, Seattle Children's Research Institute is the place for you.


    Seattle Children’s has multiple summer internship openings available at Seattle Children’s Research Institute!


    Duration:  10 weeks; 40 hours per week


    This is a great opportunity for students to engage in basic, clinical, behavioral, or public health research projects during the summer at Seattle Children’s Research Institute under the mentorship of experienced researchers.  The program is open to all qualified applicants, but is designed to provide students who identify as Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian; and other Pacific Islander with exposure to biomedical and health research and to encourage those students to consider careers in science, medicine, or public health and enhance the research capabilities in fields where they have traditionally been underrepresented.  Students will work closely with a research team on a project, build mentor relationships, gain valuable research experience, and attend career and professional training session. Students will also prepare an abstract presentation of their research experience, and present it at a special summer student research poster symposium.


    Ideal candidates will have a strong background and/or interest in health-related fields, including, but not limited to neuroscience, biology, chemistry, psychology, mathematics, pre-med, public health. Students must also be in good academic standing with a strong GPA.  Students who identify as Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian; and other Pacific Islander are the focus of this program, and are encouraged to apply.


    Selected interns will be paid a rate of $17 per hour and will receive an ORCA card, lunch stipend ($750), and career/professional development training.



    - Must be 18 years of age. Currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in an undergraduate program at an accredited University, or a recent graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program (within 6 months).

    - Working knowledge of computers, standard office software packages (Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Access, Power Point, etc.), standard office equipment (photocopiers, facsimiles, telephones, pagers, etc.).

    - Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

    - Possess a ‘can-do’ attitude and a customer service orientation.

    - Ability to work in a discretionary way and to maintain confidentiality of processed information.


    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


    Please prepare to submit as part of your application:

                - The names and emails of 1 reference.

                - Cover letter detailing responses to the following questions:

                o What are your career goals?

                o What research background do you have, if any?

      (Note: a lack of research experience does not exclude you from the internship opportunity)

                o How do you think this internship will help you achieve your career goals?

                - Provide the name of the PI of your top three projects for the internship, selected from this list:          https://publish.smartsheet.com/06882c9d8d59438487aec1d4f32ec03f 


    Our Commitment to Diversity

    Our community welcomes diverse experiences, backgrounds, and thoughts as this is what drives our spirit of inquiry and allows us to better connect with our increasingly diverse patients and families. Our organization recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


    The people who work at Seattle Children’s are members of a community that seeks to respect and celebrate all the qualities that make each of us unique. Each of us is empowered to be ourselves within this community, which cultivates and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels.


    Seattle Children’s is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and Affirmative Action Employer.


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