Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.
The Seattle VTU, led by Principal Investigator, Julie McElrath, is a clinical trial center focused on vaccine research for infectious diseases including HIV and Malaria. We conduct phase I, II, and III clinical trials designed to test the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other investigational products. Located on Capitol Hill, the VTU is a joint research program between the FHCRC and the University of Washington. Since 1987, the Seattle VTU has worked with local community members who are interested in participating in vaccine clinical trials and has provided infectious disease education to the local community. As a clinical trial unit, the VTU is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and enrollment of local volunteers, immunization and clinical monitoring of the clinical trial participants, and manages follow-up care for trial participants.
The purpose of these internships are to support the research while gaining hands-on experience in basic clinical trial skills including understanding of the clinical trial process, collection of data, reporting of data, etc.. These internships may be paid. Some Universities/Colleges will apply credit for the work – please check with your individual institutions for their requirements. Work schedules will be for 32-40 hours/per week and require a minimum of an 8-week commitment.
An intern will be trained in a range of skills, depending on the project chosen. Internship duties are likely include many of the following: