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Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

The application web site for BESIP is now OPEN. BESIP uses the SIP web site since BESIP is a subprogram of SIP (select BESIP in Section 9 of the application form). The link to the SIP application site can be found below in the “How to Apply” paragraph. The BESIP deadline is February 2, 2019 which is earlier than the regular SIP deadline.

You can learn more about BESIP from the information below.

About the Program

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 3, 2019 to August 9, 2019. 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

  • Click on this Application Information link to findout about eligibility, stipends, and deadlines
  • Application for BESIP on-line can be completed as a Subprogram of the SIP application (see Section 9 of the SIP form), which can be found at Please be aware of the different BESIP deadlines compared to SIP deadlines.

BESIP Projects

Click here to access the 2018 BESIP project list.

The 2018 project list will be updated around February 2019 for the summer 2019 session.  Most of the 2018 projects will remain for 2019, so the 2018 list is a good representation of the projects that would be available for 2019 BESIP interns to choose from.

The BESIP Experience: 2018 Interns

Photo of BESIP participants

BESIP Participants 2018 (Left to Right): Toren Arginteanu, Charlotte DeVol, Anne K Gormaley, Dr. Robert Lutz, Aya Cloyd, Anna Wolfe, Danny Xie, Teddy Cai, Brandon Williams, Ritika Jain, Andrew Kelleher, Ashley Holt, David (Lake) Billings, Nisita Dutta, Eric Dubofsky, Swati Chandra, (missing from photo, Sushruta Iruvanti)

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)