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Stanford SIMR Bioengineering Internship

Welcome To SIMR Bioengineering Internship!

"There's nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind." - Bill Nye

Program Description

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research (SIMR) Bioengineering (BioE) Internship is an intensive interactive eight-week outreach program designed with two major objectives:

  1. To expose high school students from diverse backgrounds to the enticing field of bioengineering
  2. To provide students with hands-on engineering experience in the process of Biodesign

Students work together in teams under guidance of a team of Stanford graduate students on identifying important medical needs and engineering practical solutions for these needs.  

Program Benefits

Students in SIMR BioE Internship learn about various BioE research topics (tissue engineering, biomaterials, biomechanics, synthetic biology, etc.) through weekly lectures. Students also learn about the Biodesign process and apply the process on a real-world biodesign project that addresses a medical need. Students will have access to many of Stanford's rich resources and innovative environment, engage with knowledgable personnel in the field (Stanford clinicians, professors, and graduate students), and get hands-on experience with prototyping and machining to bring their ideas into reality. Not only does BioE Internship provide students with an intellectual atmosphere, we also provide a friendly social atmosphere by encouraging students to engage in conversations and various social activities with fellow peers to emphasize the importance of strong communication skills and networking. Not to mention, there is no fee for participating in SIMR BioE Internship besides the application fee.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible and considered for the BioE Internship program, students must be:

  • Current juniors or seniors as of Spring 2020
  • In the graduating class of 2020 or 2021
  • Must be 16 years old or older by the start of the program (June 15, 2020)
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card

Program Dates


Due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we will NOT be accepting applications for the summer 2021 program.  We realize that this comes as terrible news for many of you who had been planning to apply. Unfortunately, the pandemic is unlikely to be over by the time SIMR would start, and we have been forced to cancel plans to solicit applications for summer 2021. We are hopeful that SIMR will be able to return to in-person activities in summer 2022.

For SIMR students who were accepted for summer 2020 but then deferred until this year, we plan to develop a limited, virtual internship program this spring to then launch in summer 2021. We will provide more details in late January or early February, once the magnitude of the ongoing pandemic is known.