STEM Internship

STEM High School Internship Activities


About the Program

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse workforce, and inspiring the next generation of scientists, physicians, and healthcare workers. During the summer, our Science Education Department offers high school students from groups underrepresented in STEM the opportunity to apply for a competitive and paid internship position at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.


Selected interns engage in cutting-edge research, work with leading research scientists, learn laboratory skills and take part in workshops on ethics, laboratory safety, college readiness and career exploration. This internship provides students with a solid foundation for a future career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.


Interns will receive compensation for their participation in the entire internship.


The program does not provide or arrange housing for interns.


Please note that this internship is best suited for students from groups underrepresented in STEM interested in laboratory research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Please visit the High School and Youth Service Projects or Summer Nurse Camp pages if you are interested in volunteer or clinical positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital.


To learn more about other internships and training opportunities at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, please visit the Office for Training, Education and Research.


What is Research?

At Seattle Children’s, we believe that all children have unique needs and should grow up without illness or injury. The researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute at working hard at the bench to make lifesaving discoveries and to advance the practice of pediatric healthcare. In other words, doctors and healthcare professionals at the Hospital treat and care for patients; researchers at the Research Institute are coming up with new cures and treatments.


Here are some research topics that interns have worked on previously:

- Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell immunotherapy and how a patient’s own immune cells can be used to treat cancer

- Immune recognition and tolerance, and graft-versus-host disease (a condition following bone marrow transplants)

- Cell signaling and proliferation, and how they relate to cancer

- B cell development and signaling, with an emphasis in autoimmunity

- Human microbiome (the microorganisms in your body that keep you healthy)

- Genetic causes of craniosynostosis (when a baby’s skull bones fuse too early)

- Genetic regulatory regions and their effect on disease and development in the retina

- Brain function and neural control of rhythmic activity, such as breathing

- How drug histories influence behaviors implicated in addiction

- How genes and molecular pathways in development of the cerebellum

- Bioinformatics (using computational biology tools, such as analyzing DNA sequences to understand patterns of human disease)

- 3D printing and product development to decrease cost and risk of patient care



2019 Program Dates

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2



8:30 am – 4:00 pm



Seattle Children’s Research Institute in downtown Seattle (map)