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Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

About the Program

Please Note:  The application deadline for the BESIP subprogram applications is February 9, 2016.  This deadline and other BESIP deadlines differ from the general SIP deadlines.

The BESIP program is a Subprogram of the main SIP program and uses the standard SIP application form. Some automated e-mail notices to applicants contain deadlines that are pertinent to SIP only. Please read these e-mails carefully. To apply specifically to BESIP, you must use the SIP application form and “ADD” BESIP as your selected Subprogram in Section 9 at the bottom of the SIP application form. BESIP applicants should review the link in Section 9 to BESIP eligibility criteria and deadlines to determine specific eligibility and deadlines that are relevant to BESIP and that differ from SIP.  

The NIBIB sponsored Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship (BESIP) is for undergraduate biomedical engineering students who have completed their junior year of college.  The 10 week program, under the guidance of Dr. Robert Lutz, BESIP Program Director, is scheduled from June 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016. The internship will allow rising senior bioengineering students to participate in cutting edge biomedical research projects under the mentorship of world-class scientists in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, MD. 

Selected by a nationwide competition, the interns will have the opportunity to indicate preferences from a list of available NIH projects that involve areas of engineering or physical science expertise. The students will participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and be encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where summer interns from all disciplines present their projects.

How to Apply

BESIP Projects

Click here to access the 2016 BESIP project list
**The Projects list for 2016 will be updated in a few months.  The 2015 projects list gives a good sample of the types of projects that will be available again for 2016.

The BESIP Experience: 2015 Interns

Group photo of the 2015 BESIP interns

FRONT ROW: Stacy Loushin, Lauren Severance, Erica Gacasan, Dr. Robert Lutz, Catherine Stark, Michelle Karker, Amy Sun, Nadia Abutaleb, Kevin Humphrey SECOND ROW: Samuel Ghilardi, Benjamin Streeter, Hans J Zander, John Gilbert, Sabrina L Freeman, Joseph Panos, Vivek Somasundaram

Click here for a list of previous intern classes with school affiliations, project titles, and mentors

See the videos!!! Former BESIP intern, Will Sipprell, participates as a subject in research in the NIH Clinical Center Gait Analysis Lab!

Meet Will Sipprell: Introduction (9 MB)

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