High School & Undergraduate
Summer Internship Program
The summer internship program introduces high school and college students to the world of cancer research by placing them in real research settings at the UH Cancer Center. Our goal is to encourage students to pursue future careers in the biosciences â€” particularly cancer research â€” giving practical meaning to academic course work. At the same time, students make a valuable contribution to the UH Cancer Center research mission. By participating in a program at our NCI-designated Cancer Center, students will learn from experts who are devoted to preventing, treating and curing cancer. Each year, a number of promising students are selected for this unique opportunity to expand and extend their interest in basic or population science cancer research.
As an intern, you will be assigned a mentor who will oversee your research and offer guidance. In addition to working on a research project, you will benefit from program activities such as these:
- Scientific research seminars
- Comprehensive orientation, including training sessions on skills related to studentsâ€™ research environments
- Journal clubs that will assist with navigating scientific papers
- Preparation of a final presentation, helping to develop your presentation skills
The internship is at least a 6 week (high school students) or an 8-10 week (undergraduate students) full-time summer experience with flexible start and end dates:
- Start date: before or on Monday, June 24, 2013
- End date: after or on Friday, July 26, 2013
- Undergraduates: 300 cumulative hours ($3,000 stipend)
- High school students: 200 cumulative hours ($1,500 stipend)
To be eligible to participate in the internship program, students must:
- Be a college sophomore or junior during the 2012-2013 academic year OR
- Be a high school junior or senior during the 2012-2013 academic year
- Be at least 16 years old as of the start of the program
- Be a HI resident
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident
- Have a 3.5 GPA or higher
- Show a strong interest and ability in science
- Have an interest in pursuing a biomedical or health-related research career
- Be able to commit to a 6 week (high school students) or a 8-10 week (undergraduate students) full-time summer experience
Priority is given to:
- Underrepresented minorities in the sciences, including Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans/Alaska Natives
- Students with relevant research experience and coursework
- Students with the highest academic qualifications
How to Apply
Expectations of Students in the Internship Program
Students will obtain experience in a cancer research environment. The goal of this program is to nurture highly motivated students for potential careers in cancer research; to increase and enhance students' skills in research practices, analytical thinking, presentations, and ethics; and to expose students to real time research through hands-on involvement.
- Students will attend and actively participate in the orientation and training
- Students will be expected to prepare and provide a 10-minute PowerPoint oral presentation of their research project.
- The internship is at least a 6 week (high school students) or an 8-10 week (undergraduate students) full-time summer experience with flexible start (before or on Monday, June 24, 2013) and end (on or after July 26, 2013) dates.
- Undergraduates complete 300 cumulative hours and high school students complete 200 cumulative hours. In addition, all students should be present and on time for every scheduled workday.
Questions about the internship program?
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University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Summer Internship Program