The Department of Bioengineering is committed to providing rich and varied learning experiences for its students, including practical ways to consolidate and implement what you learn in the classroom. Internships in an industry setting add a key dimension to your education. By learning and practicing skills in a professional environment, you will gain valuable on-the-job experience that expands your abilities, prepares you for your career and eases the transition from academia to industry. The Affiliates Program is actively pursuing opportunities for summer internships. Occasionally the program also receives requests for internships during the academic year.

At this time, summer internships may be full time or part time, and are not eligible for academic credit. Part-time work is 15 hours per week or less.
Companies typically offer one of the following three types of internships:

  • Technical research-based internship
  • Technical non-research-based internship
  • Consulting/business development internship (engineering consultant, offering technical input, reviewing business plan or financial prospectus for a life sciences company or organization interested in biotechnical business applications, such as law firms, non-profit organizations)

Internship Requirements

Undergraduate Students (Domestic)

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Only BioE majors are eligible to participate in a summer internship
  • Your academic adviser’s approval
  • Prerequisite classes: knowledge and experience as required based on the company and its needs

Master’s Students (Domestic)

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Your Principal Investigator’s approval
  • A detailed academic plan on file with your Senior Academic Adviser
  • Strongly encouraged to have most coursework completed before applying

PhD Students (Domestic)

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Your Principal Investigator’s approval
  • Must have completed Qualifying Exams

International Students

  • Interested students should contact their Senior Academic Adviser to learn how to apply for internships.

How to apply: Domestic Students

Step 1: Review internship requirement and prerequisite information.

Step 2: Declare your interest in the position posted on the BioE-AP website by completing the Student Internship Interest Form.

Step 3:  Your academic adviser will review the Student Internship Interest Form to ensure that you are eligible to participate in an internship and notify you of your status.

Step 4: If approved, and if the company has an online application system, then the Affiliates Program will instruct you to proceed with the application process online and will provide the company’s internship link to apply. If the company does not have an online application system, the Affiliates Program will notify you that your application and supporting materials will be forwarded to the company.

Step 5:  The company will review the applications and contact the applicants. Each company’s process and response time will vary.

If You Are Offered a Position and Choose to Accept

Step 1:  Inform the Affiliates Program program that you have accepted an offer and provide the company name and company contact name.

Step 2:  Download and complete the Internship Employment & Safety Form.  You will need to obtain your company supervisor’s signature. Turn the form in to BioE-AP via e-mail (uwbioeap@uw.edu) or campus mail: Charles McLien III, Campus Box 355061.

Step 3:  Upon concluding the internship, complete the Post-internship Survey.

How to apply: International Students

  • Interested students should contact their Senior Academic Adviser to learn how to apply for internships.