CDCB Summer Research Internship Program

Applications for the 2022 CDCB Summer Research Internship Program have closed. If you will be graduating soon, we encourage you to check out our Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences ( Many of the same faculty hosting summer interns are faculty in this graduate program.

Engaging Scientific Curiosity in the Next Generation of Scientists

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 run Tuesday, June 7th through Friday, August 12th. Alternatively, we offer Monday, June 20th as a secondary start date to accommodate students who are unable to begin in early June. Please indicate 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, culminating in a poster presentation.
  • Development of written and oral communication skills. 
  • Various networking opportunities with a community of scientists. 
  • Both wet and dry lab experiences. 
  • A $500 weekly stipend, for up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
  • Housing and airfare support for a limited number of students.


When applications open, please have the below documents prepared as we will ask for you to upload them as part of your application:  

  • 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.

All applications and materials must be submitted by the deadline; no late applications are accepted. Selections and notifications will be sent out in early April.

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 are expected to work in the lab 40 hours per week. Interns should discuss scheduling details with their assigned 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 and airfare provided?
Housing and airfare support will be awarded to a limited number of interns. Please indicate in your application if you would like to apply for airfare and housing support.

Am I required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate?
In compliance with Oregon law, OHSU’s COVID-19 Immunization and Education policy will go in effect Oct. 18, 2021. Visitors and volunteers who have an in-person experience at OHSU must be fully vaccinated (14 days after last dose). Exception requests from visitors and volunteers will not be accepted. Please be prepared to provide proof of vaccination, or to receive a Covid-19 vaccination, as a requirement for onboarding for your in-person experience at OHSU. You will not be allowed to participate within OHSU if you are not compliant with this policy.

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 South Waterfront Campus in Portland, OR. Interns must use mass transit or bicycle to get to campus (daily on-site parking is available, but it is expensive and not guaranteed). Transit passes will be provided by the program.

I will be graduating in Spring 2022. 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 early April via 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

Ferdinando Pucci, 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