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At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an antiracist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, antiracism, and inclusion.
The purpose of this non-paid internship is to provide training/experience to a student who would like to pursue a career in research. The intern will work under the supervision of the Biospecimen Coordinator for a research program in the Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This research program includes multiple, large, NIH-funded epidemiology projects that focus on research on cancer genetics, etiology, screening, and survival in colorectal cancer and other chronic diseases. This position will allow the intern to gain hands-on experience specifically in biomedical research, with training in scientific biospecimen management, including sample collection, processing, maintenance, organization, tracking, and storage. This is an office-based internship that helps collect biospecimens from research participants, facilitates and coordinates work with various laboratories throughout Fred Hutch, and helps pull and organize research samples for scientific collaborators. Some Universities/Colleges will apply credit for the work and we are happy to help complete required documents – please check with your individual institutions for their requirements.
The intern will be trained in a range of skills and techniques, depending on the projects assigned. Under the guidance of the Biospecimen Coordinator and Faculty mentor, the intern will learn research fundamentals and some of the following skill sets:
- Human Subjects Training
- Bloodborne Pathogens Training
- Proper handling, storage, and shipping of research specimens, including DNA, saliva, cell lines, and tissue
- Collection of samples from research participants
- Accurate sample tracking, including using and updating study databases
- Coordination with Shared Resource Laboratories
- Communication with scientific collaborators
- Biorepository maintenance and organization, including inventory management
- Informed Consent and Institutional Review Board processes
- Data entry and effective quality control procedures
- HIPAA training to maintain participant confidentiality
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
- Completed 1 year of undergraduate level science courses
- Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a professional setting as a paid employee or volunteer
- Good communication skills and an interest in learning
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Strong attention to detail
- Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills
- Onsite work expected
- A cover letter is required with this application
Fred Hutch has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement, with exceptions only for approved medical or religious accommodations.
As a condition of employment, newly hired employees must provide proof of vaccination or initiate the accommodations process before their first day of employment.
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 206-667-4700.