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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. Outcome Research in hematological malignancies can inform the decision-making process for treatment. Clinical and population-based studies can optimize the benefits of healthcare to the patient and society. This can include testing, developing, and validation methods to predict treatment outcomes; understanding patients’ experiences and preferences for treatment of cancer; and generating evidence to determine which interventions work best for which types of patients and under what circumstances.

The Principal Investigator (PI) conducts several multi-center clinical studies aimed at developing tools and information to guide choices of therapy in vulnerable (older or with numerous medical problems) patients with hematological malignancies and to better evaluate the usefulness of a treatment approach like hematopoietic cell transplantation. We value a team approach to our work, in which each member contributes and shares in the responsibility for our projects.

The purpose of this internship is to provide training to students who would like to pursue a career in clinical research, medicine, public health, epidemiology, and/or social science. 
The intern will be trained in a range of skills and techniques, depending on project assigned. Under the guidance of a mentor, the intern will learn fundamentals of clinical research and will learn or improve the following skills: 

  • Better understanding of the conduct of large, multi-center intervention trials and observational studies;
  • Use medical records to score assessment tools designed to assess co-morbidity burden in stem cell transplantation patients;
  • Perform background literature reviews;
  • Assist in managing and compiling documents and materials necessary for research recruitment and consenting of research subjects;
  • Help manage, transcribe, and analyze survey data collected from ongoing research projects;
  • Verify research data;
  • Develop and give professional presentations;
  • Other related duties as appropriate.

Please note that this internship is an unpaid six month position requiring at least 10 hours per week.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program as a junior- or senior-level student
  • Currently seeking degree in basic sciences, pre-med, public health, epidemiology, and/or social and behavioral sciences
  • Able to use Microsoft Office programs
  • Good communication skills and an interest in learning
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to be flexible in working hours

How To Apply

Contact Dr. Tammy Schuler ( for more information. Please use the subject line "Internship." To apply, please submit the following via the Handshake platform:
  • A cover letter expressing your interest in working with our research team, specifically
  • A curriculum vitae