Cancer Education Internship

The Cancer Education Internship program offers three motivated individuals an opportunity to work part-time within the Cancer Education School 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.

The Cancer Education internships will be project focused with exposure to various applications of scientific concepts in the cancer research setting. Interns will translate the world-class research taking place at St. Jude into usable teaching tools and strategies that enhance science and cancer education in the K-12 classroom. 

Interns are expected to work 20 hours per week beginning August 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018 with time off for school holidays. 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 development of resources offered to the Memphis K-12 community through the Cancer Education program. This experience includes:

  • Learning about advances in cancer research through lecture series conducted by leading scientists.
  • Taking part in a variety of activities to learn about St. Jude, including hospital tours, networking opportunities, and building relationships with a variety of professionals across the institution.
  • Access to a dedicated mentor, to continue developing new skills beyond the internship.
  • Serving as part of a team with a focus on brainstorming and cultivating new ideas for science and cancer education pedagogy.
  • Translating real-world science into valuable teaching tools and strategies for the K-12 classroom by creating new resources for distribution through the program.
  • Visiting schools with team members to train teachers on the use of resources developed by the program.

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 CEinternship@stjude.org.  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

July 15, 2017

Questions?

Please email CEinternship@stjude.org with any questions.