Science Intern

Title:                  Science Intern
​Reports to:        Senior Director, Scientific Program
Location:           MRA Offices, Washington, DC
Salary Range:   $17.50 per hour (anticipated ~20 hours per week).  
                          If desired, MRA can provide supervision towards academic credit.

About the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA):

The mission of MRA is to end suffering and death due to melanoma by collaborating with all stakeholders to accelerate powerful research, advance cures, and prevent more melanomas.

MRA has awarded more than $131 million to research worldwide and has leveraged over $415 million in co-funding and follow-on awards. Since MRA’s founding, FDA-approved treatments have expanded from 2 to 15, and from 2013 to 2017, the overall melanoma death rate dropped by 7% per year, outpacing all other cancers. 

MRA was launched in 2007 by Debra and Leon Black under the auspices of the Milken Institute. Due to the ongoing support of our founders, 100% of every donation to MRA goes directly to melanoma research.

About the Internship:

MRA has an opportunity available for a highly motivated graduate or undergraduate student to gain experience in patient registries, medical research management, and patient-engagement.  The successful candidate for this internship will work on a number of projects to support MRA’s scientific programs and patient education efforts. Primary focus of the internship will be related to the launch of RARE, a new patient registry focused on acral and mucosal melanoma. Acral and mucosal melanomas are rare subtypes of melanoma, and while much less common among lighter skinned individuals, they are the most common type of melanomas found among African Americans. 

Efforts related to the RARE Registry and across other projects will include conducting internet and database research, compiling process and outcome data for grants management and reporting requirements, supporting patient recruitment efforts and drafting patient-centered content that helps explain data emerging from the RARE registry. 

Efforts will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assist in the administration of the RARE registry, including patient recruitment and engagement;
  • Assist with RARE registry data analysis;
  • Assist in design, development and implementation of registry Phase 2,  including clinical record annotation, tissue banking, and genomics;
  • Review literature related to rare disease registries, acral melanoma, mucosal melanoma and other relevant literature; and
  • Assist with grants management/review of MRA grantees/applications and production of the 2022 MRA Scientific Retreat and Patient Forum. 


  • Must have earned, or be working towards, a bachelor’s degree in a science, health, or medical field and have strong interest in biomedical research and/or public health. Graduate students in MPH or MS programs are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Professionalism: The intern will be expected to occasionally interact with external constituents on behalf of MRA and will need excellent interpersonal written and verbal skills.
  • Attention to detail: strong eye for details and focus on quality control is paramount.
  • Drive: The ideal intern will be ambitious and eager to take on new responsibilities and new challenges. We are looking for someone who works hard to advance projects.
  • All applicants must complete a security background check and be authorized to work in the US.

To apply for a position at MRA, please submit a resume AND cover letter to with the name of the position being applied for referenced in the subject line. Please note – the employment email at MRA is only checked daily when a current opening is posted on the MRA website.