Educational Opportunities

Benaroya Research Institute is committed to educating and mentoring the next generation and encouraging young people to enter the field of science. BRI provides undergraduate internships, mentors graduate students and engages postdoctoral trainees from all over the world.


Research Internship Program for College Undergraduates 

BRI offers college undergraduates the chance to expand their learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom through its in-person Summer Internship Program. The 8-week internship offers top-achieving and highly motivated science students the opportunity to work and learn under the mentorship of BRI's renowned researchers. The 2023 summer internship will run from June 20th-August 11th, 2023

As part of the internship, students will receive hands-on instruction in basic scientific techniques, participate in ongoing, high-level experiments under the mentorship of the Institute’s faculty, attend lab meetings, guest speaker presentations and participate in journal clubs and an intern symposium at the conclusion of their summer experience.

Being able to conduct my own research to answer an experimental question was very valuable. No university course has ever let me do this.” – 2016 BRI Summer Intern

We fully expect the internship to be in person. However, if changes in the state of the COVID-19 pandemic occur that make in person participation impossible, we will transition to a virtual internship format. We would plan to inform successful applicants of any change in the internship at least 2 weeks prior to its start date. 

This position is for 20 hours per week and will be paid at $18.69 per hour.

If you have any questions regarding the internship, please contact Ruth Penn at

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 17th, 2023. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than April 14th, 2023.

Postbaccalaureate Research Associate (Postbaccs)

Postbaccs at Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) will engage in research at the forefront of immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases, to prepare them for future careers in biomedical research. Postbaccs spend two years performing full-time research under the guidance and direction of a BRI Principal Investigator. Postbaccs have the opportunity to engage and network with experts in diverse scientific research fields while taking advantage of the extensive resources of BRI.

Postbaccs will participate in a structured educational program in preparation for graduate or medical school including training in laboratory and/or computational skills, critical thinking, and scientific communication skills. Postbaccs will conduct research in BRI laboratories located in Seattle, WA, which provides a unique scientific research training environment in basic, translational, and clinical research for recent college graduates who plan to apply to graduate or professional school (PhD, MD, or equivalent graduate degree).

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY March 1st, 2023. The Program starts on July 5th, 2023.

If you have any questions regarding the internship, please email

2022 Boeing Classic Intern

Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is the key beneficiary of the annual Boeing Classic golf tournament that has raised more than $8 million over the past decade to support medical research.  This is an Official Event on the PGA TOUR Champions, which features the legends of golf 50 years of age or older bringing 87,000 spectators, supported by nearly 1,000 volunteers during Tournament Week. This year the Boeing Classic will be held on August 8-14, 2022 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.

Interns play a significant role in supporting the full-time staff with their day-to-day duties in preparation for and execution of Tournament Week. Starting in May, interns will be involved in the following activities: marketing, advertising, promotions, corporate relations, community relations as well as overall tournament operations. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential for communicating with tournament sponsors and partners and for providing event descriptions and other messaging pieces. Strong interest in golf and/or other local sports plus reliable transportation are required. We are looking for someone who is comfortable taking direction as well as offering thoughts and opinions, while working hard and having fun. There is a monthly expense stipend, plus other benefits. This internship is also eligible for school credit.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Sarah Coyan. 

Graduate Students

Graduate Program in Collaboration with the University of Washington

The University of Washington Immunology PhD program provides training in the discipline of immunology, emphasizing the connections between the immune system and other biological systems in health and disease. BRI supports the program with a faculty member who mentors graduate students in the research for their doctoral dissertations.

Also many of the BRI faculty members have affiliate appointments in departments at the University of Washington. In most cases, a graduate student accepted into a University of Washington graduate program with an affiliate at BRI can apply to do graduate research at BRI. Contact individual departments or researchers with whom you are interested in working for more specific details.   

Postgraduate Trainees

Postdoctoral fellows are employed in all research program areas at BRI. Scientists mentor postdoctoral trainees to successfully prepare for and transition to a variety of professional endeavors by building on their scientific research training. Contact the faculty member with whom you would like to work directly.