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CIIID Scholars Summer Internship Program

CIIID Scholars Internship Program

The application for the CIIID Scholars Internship Program for summer of 2018 is now closed. Please check back in early 2019 for the Summer 2019 application.


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Interns join labs around the Center to perform research on cutting-edge immunology problems.

The Center for Innate Immunity (CIIID) Scholars internship program is a 10-week hands-on lab experience at the University of Washington.  Students will join a CIIID lab for the summer and work towards completing a project in innate immunity. Interns will learn molecular and cell biology lab techniques from professional scientists, converse with experts in the field on their project, work through a cohesive project that culminates in presenting their findings to the CIIID group at the conclusion of the internship. This is a rare and unique opportunity for high school students to get real-world experience in a functioning biomedical research lab. The CIIID will host 1 – 3 highly engaged junior or senior level high school or rising undergraduate freshman students each summer. This program is designed to foster scientific literacy and an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines, particularly biomedical sciences focused on infection and immunity. The intern will develop a basic toolkit of lab skills including lab techniques, lab safety, organization and lab notebook/records-keeping. 

This program is designed for highly engaged high school students entering their junior or senior year in high school that are local to the Seattle Metro area. Interns will be selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants.

All work is performed at the University of Washington’s South Lake Union campus (750 Republican St, Seattle, WA 98109).

Internships for 2018 dates are June 18 - August 24. A background check will be performed prior to appointment. Interns must be able to work in the United States and be at least 16 years of age.  Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $2700 to be disbursed in installments throughout the internship.

Think you would like to be a CIIID intern? Here is a list of what you need to have to apply.  Please collect these items prior to beginning the application as you will not be able to save the application.

¨  Current High School Transcripts and GPA

¤  Transcripts should be uploaded with your application

¨  Your School’s full name and address

¨ 1-page Essay describing why you want to be part of our internship program, what your college plans are and what your career plans are

¤  Single spaced, single-sided page, 1-inch margins, 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font

¤  Please include a header that contains your name and email address

¤  This should be uploaded with your application

¨  Names and email address of your referees

¨  A series of short answer questions (limit 50 words per answer)

¤  Hobbies

¤  Favorite class and why

¤  Previous Lab experience

¤  Other Commitments for the summer

Other items

We also require 2 letters of recommendation; one from a science educator who knows you well and one from any other adult who is not related to you and can speak to your abilities and attitudes. We request that these letters be sent directly to us at In your application, we will ask for the names and email addresses for your referees. We will then send them an invitation to submit a letter of reference. Your application is not considered complete until both letters of recommendation have been received.

A Successful applicant will have:

¨  An interest in science, particularly biology/immunology

¨  Plans to attend college

¨  Strong recommendations from referees

¨  Dedication and commitment to the program for the entire 12 week period

¨  Local to Seattle Metro Area and able to provide their own transportation to and from UW’s South Lake Union Campus (750 Republican St)

¨  2 letters of recommendation

¤  One from a science educator

¤  One from another non-related adult

The application for the 2018 CIIID Scholars Summer Internships will open on February 1, 2018 and close on April 1, 2018.

The application for summer 2017 is now closed. Please check back in early 2018 for the next application cycle.


Question: I have issues submitting the application form! I clicked on the application link and filled out all of the information and asked questions with a limit of 50 words, but when I submitted the application form, the website says, "Error Submitting Info". What do I do?

Answer: There is a bug in the form that has to do with the 50 word answers for some submissions. Please fill out the form and submit it with one letter answers for the 50-word questions. Everything else about the form works and will submit normally. After you have submitted the form using the one letter answers, please email your answers to the short answer questions (along with your transcripts and essay) to If this solution doesn't work for you, please also email and let us know.