High School and Undergraduate Student Opportunity

High School and Undergraduate Student Opportunity

Summer Internship

Summer Cancer Research Internship for High School Juniors/Seniors and Undergraduate Sophomores/Juniors

The UH Cancer Center Summer Internship is an intensive program designed to provide research experience and mentorship for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in cancer research either working in a population-based setting or in a lab. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, each student will complete an independent research project and give a poster presentation of their work and findings. The program runs from June 1 through July 24, 2020 with modified dates to accommodate students who have conflicting academic schedules.

Areas of Research

Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor to work in one of our 2 UH Cancer Center research units:

  1. Population Sciences in the Pacific: epidemiology, nutrition, biostatistics, bioinformatics, behavior change, quality of life in cancer survivors, community-based interventions to promote cancer preventive lifestyles in Hawaiʻi's multiethnic population
  2. Cancer Biology: molecular carcinogenesis, metastasis, drug discovery, and new therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment and diagnosis

Browse examples of UH Cancer Center Interns Research Projects

Program Components

In addition to mentored research project, students will participate in the following activities:

  1. An orientation session and tour of the UH Cancer Center
  2. Training in the responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and/or human research protection
  3. Journal clubs and research seminars
  4. Student poster presentations

Eligibility Requirements

Application to the internship is open to students who are:

  1. Currently enrolled, at the time of application, as a high school junior or senior OR as a sophomore or junior in an accredited college or university
  2. State of Hawaiʻi residents
  3. Academically outstanding (at least a 3.5 GPA)
  4. United States citizens or holder of permanent resident visa
  5. Able to commit to a full-time summer research experience (8 weeks (undergraduate) or 4 weeks (high school) at 40 hours per week)

Priority will be given to eligible applicants who:

  1. Express a cancer-related research interest that matches an available mentor’s focus in population or laboratory-based research
  2. Relevant research experience and skills
  3. Successful completion of college-level courses or training in the areas of biological, chemical, molecular, genetic, public health, nutritional, behavioral, clinical, computational, mathematical, or statistical sciences
  4. Ethnic background that is considered under-represented in biomedical sciences
  5. First generation college or low socioeconomic status of the family
  6. The internship program makes an effort to select students who attend diverse public and privateschools.


Participants receive hourly pay according to University of Hawaiʻi schedules for their full-time participation in the internship program.

  1. Undergraduates receive  an hourly wage of $11.65/hour.
  2. High school students receive an hourly wage of $10.60/hour.
  3. The program does not provide housing, transportation, or travel expenses.

How to Apply

The Application for Summer 2020 internship is now available.

Download and submit the 2020 Application Form by the application deadline of March 13, 2020. Email the application as one pdf file with the subject line "YOUR NAME INTERNSHIP APPLICATION" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. sent by the applicant ONLY. Paper applications by mail or those using previous forms will not be accepted.

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about the summer internship program please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The summer internship program is supported in part by an endowment from the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company and donations from the Friends of the UH Cancer Center.