Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Internship

A word from Dr. Erika Abel on behalf of the Intern Selection Committee:

Hello Outstanding Honors College Students:

In recent years, the Honors College struck an agreement with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, which gives the Baylor Honors College direct access to send up to two Honors College students for a PAID summer internship Monday, June 12, 2023 to August 11, 2023.  

The internship details can be found below as well as here with the exception that you will only complete an internal application with the Honors College. The Honors College will select two students to participate in the internship and then pay your stipend ($4,938 as well as up to $450 in travel expenses). The minimum requirements are an overall GPA of 3.75, member of the Honors College, and set to graduate in either December 2023 or May 2024. Students who attended in past summers had a great experience.

Paid summer internship opportunities are extremely competitive. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is the Pacific Northwest's equivalent to the MD Anderson of Houston or the Mayo Clinic of Minnesota; it is associated with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hospital. An internship there will be very good for your career, especially if you plan to pursue a PhD or MD-PhD.  

The link at the beginning of this letter is to the **Internal** application to be selected by Baylor Honors College. You may, of course, apply directly to Fred Hutch as well. They receive several hundred applications each year for 15-30 spots. At Baylor, we will select 2 students from our applicant pool, which is typically small.

In the application, you are asked to provide names of people who will write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We will verbally contact them if you are competitive for the internship. You need only request an actual letter if you are selected. The Fred Hutch staff will use those letters to place you in labs, if you are selected by Baylor.

If you have any questions, please let me know at


Dr. Abel on behalf of the Intern Selection Commitee


About the Fred Hutchinson Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The SURP is an intensive, 9-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for rising-senior undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will:

  • Complete an independent research project;
  • Attend weekly research seminars;
  • Participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school; and
  • Present their findings at a competitive poster session.

The program will run from Monday, June 12, 2023 to August 11, 2023.  

Apply here. Applications are due December 2, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Application requirements: 

  • A science-focused CV or resume (with appropriate file name as described in the application)
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript (with appropriate file name as described in the application)
  • A one-page maximum personal essay (instructions are offered in the Qualtrics application)
  • A brief response (2,100 characters maximum) describing which Fred Hutch investigator’s research interests you and why. ***You will most likely not be paired with this person. This is an intellectual exercise only.***
  • The email addresses of two Baylor science professors who are aware of our application and willing to write a letter of recommendation as needed (they will only need to submit the letter if you are selected)

We recommend writing your essays separately before attempting to complete the application because your work will be lost if you exit the site without submitting; you are welcome to scroll through the questions before beginning.