• Intern, Research (Seattle Central College/MESA program applicants only)

    Job ID
    Temporary Part-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Overview

    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 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 Boeckh lab is seeking an undergraduate intern to learn about operations of the Infectious Disease Sciences Biospecimen Repository, a valuable resource that includes more than 300,000 biospecimens spread across 20+ freezers that have been collected over a 40-year period.

    The successful candidate will work collaboratively as part of a team to process and add new research samples, maintain and improve organization within the repository and respond to investigator requests. With interest and experience in our lab, the individual may assist with additional opportunities in research. This position offers exposure to faculty and staff across a broad range of careers in clinical and laboratory research and is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a future in clinical or lab-based research or medicine.


    Ideal candidates will be available for 10-12 hours per week for an internship that will last 6 months. This position is open only to members of the MESA program at Seattle Central College. Preference will be given to LSAMP eligible applicants. The internship will go for 6 months from Jan – June 2020.


    • Accurate data management as they help review, improve and maintain inventories of biospecimen collections.
    • Biosafety to ensure protection of worker and samples.
    • Specimen handling (including aseptic technique and proper pipetting) according to a variety of protocols as they process specimens and accession them into the repository, as well as thaw and aliquot samples to fulfill requests.
    • Use of laboratory equipment and proper storage of samples of different types.
    • Project management and prioritization of tasks as they locate and retrieve specimens in response to investigator requests.
    • Developing and answering research questions and they interact with investigators to learn about their research projects.
    • Ethics and policies required to protect subject privacy and autonomy in clinical research.


    • Must have a high school diploma or GED, with an interest in laboratory or clinical research and healthcare
    • Candidates must be enrolled at Seattle Central College and will have completed at least one year of coursework, including basic biology and chemistry
    • Accuracy and attention to detail is essential
    • The ideal candidate will by highly motivated and derive satisfaction from creating order out of disorder.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Excel and Access) and effective verbal and written communication skills are also desired

    This position is open only to members of the MESA program at Seattle Central College

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity and VEVRAA Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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