Paid internships for Los Angeles Area 11-12th Graders and Undergraduates

Interested in participating in immunotherapy research?

Join the melanoma program at UCLA to learn about how we characterize tumor microenvironments in order to advance sequential therapy to combat cancer. You will participate in state-of-the-art immuno-oncology research and will contribute to learning modules so that others can better understand new therapies.

This paid internship will provide you with many new wet bench and professional skills!

Wang Y, Liu S, Yang Z, Algazi AP, Lomeli SH, Wang Y, Othus M, Hong A, Wang X, Randolph CE, Jones AM, Bosenberg MW, Byrum SD, Tackett AJ, Lopez H, Yates C, Solit DB, Ribas A, Piva M, Moriceau G, Lo RS. Anti-PD-1/L1 lead-in before MAPK inhibitor combination maximizes antitumor immunity and efficacy. Cancer Cell. 2021 Oct 11;39(10):1375-1387.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2021.07.023. Epub 2021 Aug 19. PMID: 34416167; PMCID: PMC9126729.

Image from Wang, et al 2021, showing some of the preceding work in this area.

Internship Specifics:

Who? We will be hiring two high school students for 8-weeks and one undergraduate for 10-12 weeks to work in our lab during the summer of 2024. For high school, current 11th and 12th grade students are eligible. All levels of undergrads can apply. Preference will be given to the following schools: UCLA, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, University High School Charter, and Santa Monica High School.  Depending on the amount of time worked and level of student, participants will receive a stipend between $5,000 and $10,000 for their time over the summer.
Where? Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, CA
When? Tentative dates are June 17 - August 9, 2024 for high schoolers and June 17 - August 23 or beyond for undergrads. The dates will be flexibly scheduled across June, July and August according to students' academic calendars.
How? Prepare a cover letter and a resume. Gather your transcript (unofficial is fine).

Complete this Google form which will prompt you to upload all three items in addition to answering a few questions.

Please apply by March 31, 2024. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and will close the position once we have secured candidates for these positions.

What? At the beginning of the internship, there would be time to set goals and co-create your internship with your mentors. A few things that are possible for task items based on your existing skills include but are not limited to: culturing cell lines safely and with sterile technique, tissue slicing and/or processing, and data analytics.
Partners? This project is a partnership between scientists at UCLA, ISB and Yale and is being offered thanks to the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium through the NIH-NCI.
If you have questions, please email ISB's Systems Education Experiences team at