Science Coach is excited to announce a cancer research internship opportunity for registered Science Coach students during the Summer of 2023.

This internship is an incredible opportunity for Science Coach students interested in cancer research to work alongside professional researchers on a component of their larger project, which can be presented as the student’s research for the 23-24 school year.

Cancer Research at Siteman Cancer Center

Washington University of St. Louis (WUSTL) Cancer Research Club, the Siteman Cancer Center, and the Washington University Department of Biology have partnered with Science Coach to provide three (3) registered students internship opportunities at Siteman Cancer Center this summer.

To be considered for this competitive internship, interested students must:

  1. Complete this Google form
  2. Participate in the Cancer Biology Pathway Series

You could be eligible and selected for one of the summer internships if you are:

  • a Missouri or Illinois resident
  • a registered Science Coach student for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 year.
  • age 16 years and up (as of 6/5/23)
  • a high-achieving and self-motivated student
  • demonstrated excellence in this current-year’s Science Coach research
  • able to participate in the Cancer Biology Pathway Series via Zoom. (While all Science Coach students can participate in the Cancer Biology Pathway Zoom Series, students competing for the internship have required attendance. This includes participating in journal clubs, speaker events, and a research support structure. Students will get to hear from guest speakers such as distinguished Wash U professors and Siteman faculty, and learn about relevant topics. Some outstanding student groups will get to participate in laboratory tours and rotations.)
    • If you are unable to attend a workshop, recordings will be posted after each workshop, but synchronous attendance is highly preferred.
    • Dates for the Cancer Biology Pathway Series are:
      • Monday, January 30, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Monday, February 6, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Monday, February 13, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Monday, February 20, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Monday, February 27, 2023, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
      • Monday, March 6, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Three (3) select students will receive the summer internship opportunity:

  • A 10-week internship at Siteman Cancer Center, Monday through Friday, from June 5, 2023 – August 18, 2023
  • Be paired with Siteman faculty mentors
  • Perform basic science research at a Siteman lab, learn key laboratory techniques, and assist in ongoing projects at the lab
  • Receive access to WashU social and professional events
  • Earn a $4,800.00 stipend for summer internship

Additional Details:

  • Students will be required to present their summer research work at the Science Coach Virtual Symposium in spring of 2024.
  • Students may request Metrolink transportation to the lab on a daily basis (M-F). The student is responsible for getting to a Metrolink station.

Contact Arjun Nair with questions about the internship and workshop opportunities.

Arjun is an active Science Coach volunteer and a WUSTL Cancer Research Club member and has been instrumental is setting up this summer opportunity for Science Coach students.


Mentors working with summer interns:

1) Dr. Angela Hirbe, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Adult Neurofibromatosis Clinical Program|Division of Oncology, Sarcoma Section
Washington University School of Medicine

2) Jessica M. Silva-Fisher, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Oncology Division
Stem Cell Biology

3) Milan G. Chheda, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Oncology Division
Molecular Oncology

Please email with any questions.