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2023 Summer Internships

There are two internship opportunities available to PLU students interested in cancer research during the Summer of 2023. Each position provides a $6,300 fellowship from the John F. Gilbertson Foundation for 10 weeks of full-time work at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center. One student will work in the lab of Dr. Christina Termini, while the other will work in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Adair.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • PLU student enrolled full-time for 2022-2023 and 2023-2024
  • Entering junior or senior year Fall 2023
  • Pursuing a degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field
  • A minimum of two wet lab courses with emphasis in pipetting, sterile technique, data interpretation, and good lab notebook practices

Each intern will receive a total of $6,300 for participating in the program from Pacific Lutheran University. Interns are responsible for their housing, meals, and local transportation costs. They will receive $2,100 at the start of the internship, $2,100 after week 5, and the final $2,100 at the conclusion of the internship experience and upon receipt by PLU’s Assistant Director of Career & Internship Development of a short reflection report of the internship experience.

This internship program seeks to engage scientific curiosity and promote biomedical research careers among PLU undergraduates and is committed to expanding diversity among students who enter STEM fields.

How to Apply:
The application consists of:

  • A one-page, single spaced Statement of Research Interests and Career Goals including the following:
    • What are your interests and career goals? Why? What has led you to these interests and goals? Be sure to describe your interests in the area of cancer research.
    • How will participating in this internship experience advance your academic and career goals? What are you hoping to learn or gain from participating in research at the FHCC? Please include a description of the skills, knowledge, and experience you hope to develop/gain.
  • A short statement (1-2 paragraphs) articulating your commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your education and as you pursue your career goals and how you will contribute to FHCC’s diversity and antiracism efforts.
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Resume (one page)
  • Names and contact information for 2-3 references (one of whom must be a PLU Natural Sciences faculty member)

Application Due Date: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 5 pm

PLU Evaluation Team:

  • Dean of Natural Sciences (currently Dr. Ann Auman)
  • Assistant Director of Career & Internship Development (currently Karmen Baldwin)
  • Director of the Center for Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability (currently Nicole Juliano)