CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

Engaging Scientific Curiosity in the Next Generation of Scientists

Program runs June-August. Email Parker Mattson with questions.

Application and all supplemental materials MUST be submitted to Parker Mattson by Friday, February 15, 2019. 

Only completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.

Application - 2019 Summer Internship

Flyer - 2019 Summer Internship

Schedule - Summer Internship

Program overview

Interns will immerse themselves in an 8-10 week research experience over the summer, working directly with established mentors in various fields of biomedical research, including but not limited to cancer biology, immunology, cell and developmental biology, and biomedical engineering. Interns will attend weekly lunch education sessions covering topics from cutting-edge technologies and animal models, to career development. Students will also participate in a weekly journal club where they can develop skills required to read and critically evaluate primary literature. As a culminating experience, each intern will prepare and present their research at the final poster session to their peers and members of the Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology Department.  

CURE-Equity Summer Internship Awards Ceremony: Intern displaying her award while posing with faculty.

CDCB's Summer Internship offers

  • Direct hands-on experience in running basic lab techniques. 
  • An introduction to experimental design and critical thinking. 
  • Participation in a guided project facilitated by a departmental researcher. 
  • Development of written and oral communication skills. 
  • Various networking opportunities with a community of scientists. 
  • Both wet and dry lab experiences. 


Complete the online 2019 CDCB Internship Application. In addition to the application, you will also need to submit the supporting documentation (in PDF format) listed below:  

  • Your resume. Highlight science courses and relevant lab experience if applicable. 
  • A one page single-spaced essay on why you are applying and how you expect the experience to facilitate your career goals. Highlight previous laboratory experience if applicable.
  • Official transcript(s) for the last 12 months. 
  • 2 letters of recommendation are preferred, though not required. 
  • The deadline for the 2019 CDCB Summer Internship Program is February 15, 2019. All Application materials must be in by this date and time. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early March. 

CURE-Equity Summer Internship Awards Ceremony: Intern presenting her poster.


  • We are looking for motivated college undergraduates with a strong interest in a career in biomedical sciences and who have completed introductory science courses.
  • Students must be available and present for the duration of the internship, no vacations/breaks may be taken. 
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide visas to foreign students. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the time commitment?
This is a full-time internship experience, interns will be in lab 40 hours per week. Exact start and end times will be determined by your lab and mentor. 

Will I get paid?
Students selected for the internship will receive a stipend. 

Is housing provided?
Limited housing (dual occupancy) may be available based on need and first-come, first-serve.

CURE-Equity Summer Internship Awards Ceremony: Intern displaying his award while posing with faculty.

Where is the internship located? 
The internship is typically performed in the Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology and Knight Cancer Institute laboratories on either the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus or Southwest Waterfront Campus in Portland, OR. Interns must use mass transit or bicycle to get to campus (no on-site parking is available). Bus passes will be provided by the program.

I will be graduating in Spring 2019. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you are graduating this spring, you are still eligible to apply for this internship. 

Are vacations/breaks allowed?
No, vacations or breaks are not allowed during the course of the internship. Further, the internship is a full-time commitment and therefore should not be combined with significant other school or work.

When will I be notified of acceptance?
Notification of acceptance will be sent out the first week of March.  

CURE-Equity Summer Internship Awards Ceremony: Intern presenting her poster to faculty and chairwoman, Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.

Contact us

Mara Sherman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Parker Mattson
Administrative Coordinator