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Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP)

The application website for BESIP 2017 is now closed. 

Please also note that specific deadlines for BESIP are earlier than those for regular SIP applicants:

  • The deadline for submitting the online application is February 09, 2017
  • The deadline for reference letters is February 12, 2017
  • Notification of selected interns will be on or about February 26, 2017
  • Intern must accept or decline by March 12, 2017

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 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017. 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 project list for 2017 is currently being updated.  It should be available by approximately February 24. The projects list for 2016 is an adequate reflection of the variety of projects that will be available for 2017. Most projects repeat from year to year. Some new projects may be added.

The BESIP Experience: 2016 Interns

Group photo of interns
Front row: Rajit Banerjee, Michelle Rose, Van Hoang, Dr. Robert Lutz, Alison Long, Amanda Weerasooriya, Lauren Pruett, Jourdan Ewoldt, Claire Kaiser
Back row: Daniel Amchin, Sebastian Jusuf, Mitchell Johnson, Cameron Flower, Alden Moss, Michael Drakopoulos, Natalia Alexandridi, Jon Hochstein

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)