Cancer Education and Outreach Summer Internship

The Cancer Education and Outreach Internship program offers six motivated individuals an opportunity to gain practical experience full-time within the Cancer Education and Outreach Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The program is designed for individuals seeking careers in K-12 science education in the Memphis-area or science majors interested in sharing their knowledge of science to K-12 students.

During the summer of 2019, the St. Jude Cancer Education program will conduct a series of science camps in local elementary schools through collaboration with the Shelby County Schools Superintendent Summer Learning Academy. Interns are expected to disseminate pre-planned lessons related to the science of cancer formation, treatment, and prevention.

Interns are expected to engage in a full-time learning experience beginning May 22, 2019 through June 28, 2019. All internships are located in Memphis, TN.

Typical Learning Opportunities and Activities

As an experiential and immersive program, this internship will allow you to develop a cancer education knowledge base and hone your practical skills through active participation in the dissemination of hands-on science activities to the Memphis K-12 community through the Cancer Education program. This experience includes:

  • Developing an understanding of cell biology concepts that impact an individual’s risk of developing cancer.
  • Access to a dedicated mentor, to continue developing new skills beyond the internship.
  • Serving as part of a team to cultivate a culture of thinking around cancer research-related topics
  • Translating real-world science into valuable teaching moments for K-12 students.

Education Required

  • Interested candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college program.
  • Candidates must be a science or education major with an interest in pursuing a career in K-12 science education in the Memphis-area; 3.0 GPA or above. GPA will be validated by transcripts and communication with advisor. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the VP of Academic Programs.
  • Must be entering junior or senior year to be considered.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Students most likely to succeed as an intern will possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • The ability to manage priorities and work autonomously as appropriate
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Curious, questioning and self-motivated

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to  Your letter should include a statement on how participation in this internship would support your academic and career goals.

Please note: Any previous internships or work experience should be included on resume.

Successful candidates will qualify for a stipend. All other expenses including housing, food and transportation are the responsibility of the selected interns.

Deadline to Submit Cover Letter and Resume

March 29, 2019


Please email with any questions.