- Current Junior and Senior UC Berkeley students
Quick Program Details:
- 8-week program (5/26/20 – 7/17/20)
- Full-time (40 hrs/week), on the UC Berkeley campus, with visits to bay-area clinics and companies
- No other UC work or position allowed during 8-week program
- Applications are due February 28, 2020, at Noon
- Stipend: $3,400 for 8 weeks (Fellows), $3,800 for 8 weeks (Protégés)
- Housing is not provided
- Transportation costs to bay-area sites are covered by the program
- Network with clinicians, bay-area professionals, and fellow students!
What to expect:
What you will experience and learn during your BIE internship:
- Gain hands-on needs-finding experience
In small groups, you will learn how: to engage with medical professionals to identify “capability gaps” central to enhancing the quality of care offered by our medical system; to formulate gaps you identify into actionable ‘unmet needs’ that are addressable by engineers and designers; understand use of the needs-finding process in translation of solutions from ideas to products by engaging with industry leaders.
- Immerse in clinical & industry environments (bulk of program)
To gain the aforementioned experience, you will be ‘in the field’ observing and interviewing stakeholders for the majority of the BIE program period. To prepare, your small groups will analyze and understand current standards of care for immersion-period relevant diseases and conditions. Immersion visits include a mix of observation (shadowing) and interviews/discussion with physicians, medical students, nurses, patients and (in some cases families/care givers), device developers, regulatory officers.
- Perform rigorous needs-statement formulation and analysis
A critical component of successful design is the identification and refinement of unmet needs. Here you will perfect documenting observations during immersion periods, and accurately identifying, defining, and formulating unmet needs statements. At the end of the program, you will share your cohort’s repository of unmet clinical needs, based on each immersion visit.
- Engage in professional development
During BIE, you will expand your professional network to SF Bay Area clinicians and engineers, and gain project management, small team project, & mentoring experience.
- Enhance your electronics prototyping experience and capabilities (Example Special Project)
Each summer, BIE interns engage in a ‘special project’. In our electronics prototyping project, BIE interns learn how to construct, test, calibrate, and use sensors, learn how to determine which type of sensor is best suited to a particular project, and learn what types of sensors are currently available or under development.
At the end of the program, you will turn in documentation for each clinical visit that summarizes the needs-finding process. You will also provide a database of all unmet clinical needs uncovered throughout the summer, which can be accessed by other innovators.
The overarching objective of the program is to afford you an opportunity to observe clinical activities, acquire the communication skills necessary to interact with clinicians, and identify unmet needs that can subsequently be addressed by you or your peers in biomedical design projects (BioE192).
Note: UC Berkeley students only
Selections will be made by mid-March.