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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 2022
  • In the graduating class of 2022 or 2023
  • Must be 16 years old or older by the start of the program (June 13, 2022)
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card

Program Dates

Summer 2022 Program Dates: June 13- August 4, 2022


Online applications for the Summer 2022 program are now available on the SIMR website.

The current plan is to have an in-person program for the summer of 2022.  According to the Stanford policy in place during the spring/summer of 2022, there may be vaccine requirements, masking and testing requirements during the program.  More concrete information will be provided on April 8th when the accepted students are announced. Please DO NOT upload vaccination records onto the Slideroom application site when you are applying. There is a chance the program could be held virtually if the University does not allow in-person programs depending on the conditions at the time in the spring/summer of 2022.