CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2020 CDCB Summer Research Internship Program. Applications will be reviewed and notifications sent out in mid-March.

Engaging Scientific Curiosity in the Next Generation of Scientists

Apply for the 2020 CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

Interns will immerse themselves in an 8- or 10-week research experience over the summer (June-August), 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 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. Click here to see last year's schedule.

The program will begin on June 2nd, 2020 and run through August 7th, 2020. Please note that we offer June 15th, 2020 as a secondary start date for those interns whose classes run later into June. Please mark which date you will be starting in your application.

Do you know someone who might be interested in the CDCB Summer Research Internship Program? You can print or send them the program flyer and direct them to this webpage.

2019 CDCB interns at the award ceremony

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. 


The 2020 CDCB internship application is now open and will be completed online this year. Please submit all materials by February 14th, 2020. In addition to the application, you will also need to submit the supporting documentation listed below (submit in PDF format):  

  • 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.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) for the last 12 months (official copies will be required for selected students). 
  • 2 letters of recommendation are preferred, though not required. Recommenders should submit their letters here (link also found in the application).
  • All applications and materials must be submitted by the February 14th deadline, no late applications will be accepted. Selections and notifications will be made in March.

Apply for the 2020 CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

2019 CDCB poster symposium with Assistant Professor Amy Moran, Graduate student Breanna Caruso, and intern Estee Emlen


  • 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 or breaks may be taken. 
  • We are unable to provide VISAs to foreign students. Therefore, we are only able to accept international students who are studying in the U.S. with a valid VISA, depending upon DSO approval.

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 of $500 per week up to a maximum of 12 weeks. 

Is housing provided?
Thanks to our colleagues at the OHSU Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR), the CDCB summer internship program is able to offer housing to a limited number of interns for the 2020 program. You will be able to mark in your application whether you need housing assistance and the committee will make selections based on need.

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 at 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). Transit passes will be provided by the program for those who request it in their application.

I will be graduating in Spring 2020. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes, if you are graduating this spring, you are still eligible to apply for this internship. 

Are vacations or breaks allowed during the program?
No, vacations or breaks are not allowed during the course of the internship due to the intensive nature of the program. 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?
Notifications will be sent out in March through email. There will be a number of onboarding steps to take care of before the internship begins, so please be sure to watch your emails and act quickly if you are accepted.

If you have questions or need more information, email CDCB (

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

About Us

Mara Sherman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Amy Moran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Program Coordinator:
Parker Mattson, MPA:HA