Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology Summer Research Internship at the Knight Cancer Institute

2022 CDCB summer interns grouped in front of KCI sign in the KCRB following ceremony
CDCB-KCI interns inside the Knight Cancer Research Building in 2022.

Engaging Scientific Curiosity in the Next Generation of Scientists

Interns will immerse themselves in an 8 to 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 choice of model system, to career development. Students also participate in a weekly journal club where they will 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 (CDCB) and Knight Cancer Institute (KCI). View the 2022 program schedule.

The 2023 program will run Tuesday, June 6th, through Friday, August 11th. Alternatively, we offer Monday, June 19th 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 at the Knight Cancer Institute? You can print or send them the program flyer and direct them to this webpage.

The CDCB-KCI Summer Internship offers

  • Direct hands-on experience in basic laboratory techniques. 
  • An introduction to experimental design and critical thinking. 
  • Participation in a guided project facilitated by an experienced researcher, culminating in a poster presentation.
  • Development of written and oral communication skills. 
  • Networking opportunities with a broad community of scientists. 
  • Both wet and dry lab experiences. 
  • A $500 weekly stipend, for up to 10 weeks.
  • Housing and airfare support for a limited number of students.

Application

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 admitted students). 
  • 2 letters of recommendation are preferred, though only one recommendation letter is required.

All applications and materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 6, 2023; no late applications are accepted. Notifications will be sent out in early March 2023.

Dr. Amy Moran and her intern Rachel Amadio
Dr. Amy Moran and her 2022 intern, Rachel Amadio.

Eligibility

  • 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 designated school official approval.

Oregon Health & Science University values the benefits of having a diverse scientific population. We encourage applications from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders), as well as first generation and socioeconomically disadvantaged students and those who are studying at small liberal art colleges.  Prior experience in research is not a prerequisite for applying to the CDCB-KCI internship program.

Frequently asked questions

What is the time commitment?
This is a full-time internship experience. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week in the lab and participating in scheduled activities. 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 10 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 went into 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.

Aarti Malhotra presenting her poster during the 2022 poster session.
Aarti Malhotra, 2022 intern from the Druker lab, presenting her poster during the poster session.

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). Public transit passes will be provided by the program.

I will be graduating in Spring 2023. 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?
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 March via email. There will be a number of onboarding steps to take care of before the internship begins, so please be sure to monitor your emails and act quickly if you are accepted.

If you have questions or need more information, email us atCDCB_Admin@ohsu.edu.

Angels Vasquez presenting her poster at the 2022 program's poster session.
Angels Vasquez, 2022 intern from the Ibsen lab, presenting her poster during the poster session.

About Us

Director:
Grace Gill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Oncological Sciences, Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology

Co-Director:
Naoki Oshimori, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology

Program Coordinator:
Laura Paquette