Limited internship opportunities may be available on a case-by-case basis. Most undergraduate students receive credit at their college or university for enrolling in undergraduate research and are not paid interns. Before reaching out with requests for internship opportunities, please check with your institution about the possibility of receiving credit through an independent research course. Our interns work on research projects with more senior scientists and these projects are tailored to the intern as well as the needs of the lab and their specific scientific focus.
To work in the laboratory, an individual must be at least 18 years of age. Please visit our faculty pages to see what labs and research concentrations are most closely aligned with your interests. We are only able to accommodate a fraction of the internship requests that we receive. In most cases, the faculty ask for:
- A significant time commitment – usually a full academic year with about 10 hours of work per week. In rare situations, we will consider shorter term or summer internships.
- College level coursework in chemistry (and biology in some cases) for lab positions. Coursework in other areas such as immunology, molecular biology, or biochemistry is a plus. For computational biology or bioinformatics, appropriate undergraduate background coursework is needed.
- Interest in global infectious diseases and a passion for research.
If you feel that you meet these qualifications, you may contact a faculty member or email us for more general inquiries.
For internship opportunities in non-scientific fields such Communications and Marketing, Legal, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, or in Environmental Health and Safety, please email us.
We employ undergraduate students from several surrounding colleges and universities to work part-time through the school year and summer. We prioritize students who are currently receiving Washington State Work Study funding. If you are unsure whether you qualify for work study funding, please see visit the Financial Aid office at your college or university. All our paid job positions are listed on our career site, as well as advertised on local university job portals, such as HuskyJobs, SPU JobLink, and SU Redhawk Network. Please visit our career site to see current open positions.
Students perform routine tasks such as maintaining lab supplies, solution preparation, and materials inventory. Some lab assistants advance to performing work on specific research projects. Usually, commitment for a full academic year is requested due to the amount of scientific and safety training required. Due to the nature of our work, we are unable to offer lab assistantships to persons under 18 years of age.
Examples of positions we offer work study students include Office Assistant, Legal Assistant, and Environmental Health and Safety Assistant.