Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

The BESIP on-line application site is now open. BESIP is a subprogram of SIP and uses the same application platform. You must select “BESIP” in Section 9 of the SIP form.


COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to continued uncertainties about travel and operations across the US, final decisions about the NIH Summer Internship Program are delayed. While we are currently planning to open the application in mid-November, it is possible that all 2021 internships will be virtual/remote. Our priority is the safety of our staff, trainees, and communities. We will post updates regarding the NIH Summer Internship Program 2021 as soon as we have additional information. We would welcome your application, given this information. In the meantime, questions may be directed to


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 7, 2021 to August 13, 2021. 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.​​​​


Applications for BESIP are now OPEN. 

BESIP uses the SIP web application site since BESIP is a subprogram of SIP (select BESIP in Section 9 of the SIP application form).  You will need to have or create an account.

How to Apply

  • See Application Information to find out about eligibility, stipends, and deadlines.
  • Applications for BESIP can be completed online using the SIP application. (You will need to set up an account.) BESIP is Subprogram of SIP found in Section 9 of the form. 
  • Please be aware of the different BESIP deadlines compared to SIP deadlines. 

BESIP Projects

The 2021 project list will be updated around February 2021 for the 2021 summer session. Most of the 2020 projects will remain for 2021, so the 2020 list is a good representation of the types of projects that would be available for 2021 BESIP interns to choose from. Some of the projects from 2020 may be pre-assigned to previous 2020 interns who have been invited to return to NIH for summer 2021 after the 2020 program cancellation due to COVID.

View BESIP Projects and Interns

BESIP Projects List: Current and Past

Past BESIP Classes with Project Titles and Mentors


The BESIP Experience: 2019 Interns

A group photo of the 2019 BESIP interns
BESIP Class of 2019 after BESIP Seminar Back row (Left to Right):  Matt Rosenblatt, Alexandria Patterson, Luke Tucker, Gazi Inkiyad, Kyle Searle, William Pace, Kristofor Pas, Neal Kewalramani, Karim Salhadar Front row: Melissa Requist, Esther Sim, Alexis Brake, Dr. Robert Lutz, Smita Gopalakrishnan, Kathleen Burkhard, Camella Carlson, (absent from photo: Lynn Bi)