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NOTE:  The 2016 Summer Research Internship at the  Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) is on hold pending funding and an agreement to continue this program.   

2015 Summer Research Internship:  Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)

The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in Seattle, WA will continue its partnership with Whitman College to support two students to conduct research in global health and gain experience working in a non-profit biotechnology organization.  IDRI is a Seattle-based, not-for-profit organization committed to applying innovative science to the research and development of products to prevent, detect and treat infectious diseases of poverty.  Students may gain research experience in biomedical research at the molecular & cellular level in projects working on vaccine adjuvant formulations and vaccine development for tuberculosis, malaria, dengue and other infectious diseases.  The stipend for the program is expected to be $4,500 and interns are expected to work for 10 weeks.  In 2015, interns will work in assay development, drug discovery and characterization, or vaccine adjuvant manufacturing and characterization.  See for ongoing projects research interests of the IDRI scientists. 

The IDRI Internship Steering Committee at Whitman College is soliciting applications from students who will be entering their final year at Whitman College in fall of 2015 (Dec 2015 or May 2016 grads). 

Application materials are available at:

IDRI 2015 application form

IDRI 2015 evaluator form

A complete application includes:
A.  From the APPLICANT, the electronic submission (as a single pdf file)     

1) The application form (student name, email address, phone number, major, expected date of graduation, and evaluator information)

2) A 1-2 page statement of research interests and career goals and current lab expertise.

3) A transcript/list of courses/grades including all college coursework you will have completed by Summer 2015. You don’t need to request an official transcript from the Registrar. Unofficial transcripts ARE acceptable.

B.  From the EVALUATORS, the electronic submission of

Two letters of support from Whitman faculty members who have served as course instructors, advisors, or research mentors in the sciences.  A letter from a previous summer research mentor at another institution can replace one Whitman letter. 

All application materials must be submitted to Jim Russo, IDRI Program Director, by NOON on Monday, March 30, 2015.  A selection committee will evaluate the applications and two students will be selected and notified.  The applications for selected students will be forwarded to IDRI for approval and lab placement.  An on-site interview may be scheduled in Seattle.

Questions about the program?  Contact Jim Russo (S-336; x5228;

Application deadline: NOON on Monday March 30, 2015