CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

Engaging Scientific Curiosity in the Next Generation of Scientists

Applications for the 2020 CDCB Summer Research Internship Program will open December 16th, 2019 and close February 14th, 2020. You will be able to access the application via this webpage when it opens.

Application and all supplemental materials MUST be submitted to Parker Mattson

Only completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed.

2019 Summer Internship Flyer

2019 Summer Internship Schedule

Program overview

Interns will immerse themselves in an 8-10 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 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 2020 CDCB Summer Internship Program is February 14, 2020. All Application materials must be in by this date and time. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in 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 monthly stipend. 

Is housing provided?
While we don't directly offer housing, there is some limited housing (dual occupancy) available based on need and first-come, first-serve through Portland State University.

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). Bus passes will be provided by the program.

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/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 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 take action quickly if you're accepted.

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