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2024 Biomedical & Bioinformatics Research Internship and Training Experience at the Knight Cancer Institute

Undergraduate interns will immerse themselves in an 8 to 10 week research experience over the summer (June-August), working directly with established mentors in various fields of biomedical research, including, but not limited to, cancer biology, immunology, cell and developmental biology, computational biology, and biomedical engineering. Interns will attend weekly education sessions covering topics from cutting-edge technologies and choice of model system, to career development. As a culminating experience, each intern will prepare and present their research at the final poster session to their peers and members of the Knight Cancer Institute (KCI) and wider OHSU community. View the 2023 program schedule.

We offer two start dates to accommodate a range of college academic calendars. The internship program runs from June 10th or June 24th through August 16th, 2024.


The B-BRITE Summer Program at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute offers:

  • An introduction to experimental design and critical thinking.
  • Participation in a guided research project facilitated by an experienced researcher.
  • Direct hands-on experience in cutting edge biological and quantitative cancer research methods.
  • Development of written and oral communication skills.
  • Networking opportunities within a broad community of scientists.
  • Weekly stipend of $500 for the 8 or 10 week program.
  • Limited housing and airfare support is available.



  • We are looking for motivated college undergraduates with a strong interest in a career in biomedical and data sciences and who have completed introductory science courses.
  • This internship program is for motivated college undergraduates who will have completed at least one, preferably two, undergraduate years, but not yet graduated by the start date of the program.
  • Students must be available and present for the duration of the internship. No vacations or breaks may be taken.
  • We are unable to provide VISAs to foreign students. Therefore, we are only able to accept international students who are studying in the U.S. with a valid VISA, depending upon designated school official approval.

Oregon Health & Science University values the benefits of having a diverse scientific population. We encourage applications from students who come from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences (African-American, Hispanic, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders), as well as first generation and socioeconomically disadvantaged students and those who are studying at small liberal art colleges.  Prior experience in research is not a prerequisite for applying to the B-BRITE Summer Program.



Applications open November 10, 2023. Please have the following documents prepared as we will ask you to upload them as part of your application: 

  1. Resume/CV (highlight science courses and relevant lab experience, if applicable)
  2. Unofficial college transcript(s) from the past 12 months (if selected, official transcripts will be required)
  3. A one-page essay explaining your motivation for applying to this internship program and how you expect the experiences gained over the summer to facilitate your preparation for a career in biomedical research (1 page, single-spaced)

Additional requirement: 

At least one and no more than two letters of recommendation from a professor or supervisor who can comment on your potential to be successful working in a laboratory performing basic science research. Your recommender will upload their letter via a separate form. 


All applications and materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 1, 2024 by 5:00pm PST; no late applications are accepted. Notifications will be sent out by March 15, 2024.