The summer internship program at the Jacobs Institute (JI) provides unique experiences and an innovative environment to support the professionalism, collaboration, leadership, and creativity of exceptional young people. It is a 9-week internship program, from June 1 to August 4, 2017, that is unlike any other.

The JI is where science, art, medicine, engineering, research, social media, education, business, community outreach, law, entrepreneurship, and technology meld together. The JI fosters these collaborations to create the next generation of medical technology to treat heart attacks and strokes in Western New York and beyond. This is the place to be if you are looking for an internship experience unlike any other.

The JI is uniquely located between a state-of-the-art hospital and a world-class university. As such, we have access to first-rate physicians and hi-tech research and clinical facilities. The programs and services we offer to global medical device companies and smaller biotech startups allow interns to interact with physicians, sales representatives, engineers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. Being a part of the Western New York community, we run programs and interact with Buffalo’s students to teach them about heart attacks and strokes. Numerous other fields of study support the Jacobs Institute mission, making this the ideal place to be a summer intern.

The Jacobs Institute hand-picks projects for our interns, based on our current needs and the interns’ interests and capabilities. As such, we expect interns to be leaders, self-motivated, strong problem-solvers, good communicators, and professional. Additionally, college-level interns can develop and expand their leadership skills, assisting in orienting and supervising a group of high school interns with interests in medicine.

The Jacobs Institute also provides enrichment to interns through a Lunch and Learn series. Interns have lunch with various leaders from the Gates Vascular Institute, University at Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and more. This is designed to showcase the diversity of professionals in Western New York. It exposes interns to Buffalo’s thought leaders and expands their professional network. Our college interns also have the chance to mentor high school interns. This teaches leadership and team management.

The summer internship program is truly an experience unlike any other. We invite you to learn more and apply for this year’s internship program.

Intern Needs for 2017

The Jacobs Instiute seeks a summer intern pursuing a Masters of Business Administration, with a desire to help us shape business models for new and cutting-edge medical innovation. Apply your knowledge of quantitative research, finance, modeling, entrepreneurship, and more to have a real-life impact at our institute. There are many networking and learning opportunities as part of our unique program. We seek a creative self-starter who is a great communicator with a collaborative spirit.

The Jacobs Institute seeks a summer intern with an engineering background and desire to understand and improve vascular medical simulation opportunities. Interns will be immersed in the clinical environment, watching simulation tools such as the Mentice endovascular simulator and 3D-printed vascular flow models. Identifying need for improvement is key to innovation. You will have the opportunity to work with biomedical engineers, hospital surgeons, university researchers, and other interns on collaborative, impactful projects to showcase at the end of the summer. Seeking a candidate with an interest in engineering and medicine, who is also comfortable in leadership and teaching roles. Quick learners with unique ideas and great personal skills need apply.

The Jacobs Institute seeks a summer intern with an education background and desire to understand and improve our community outreach programs. The JI's Brain Boot Camp educates over 600 students about signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, and inspires careers in STEM. You will have the opportunity to work with hospital surgeons, university engineers, JI staff and other interns to create and execute a project that improves brain boot camps and other educational outreach programs to expand their impact. Interns will also be immersed in the clinical environment using simulation tools such as the Mentice endovascular simulator and 3D printed vascular flow models. Intern projects often become the basis of further development for those true go-getters seeking additional opportunity. Creative and motivated individuals need apply.

This select group of young women and men from across the country dedicate their time, resources, and energy to better the Jacobs Institute, the Western New York community, and beyond through medical innovation. Each intern is immersed in the JI environment and asked to pitch the idea for their summer project, based on our current and future needs. Interns are expected to plan, develop, and execute deliverables on a predetermined timeline.

Although interns’ responsibilities and assignments vary by project, all attend the same weekly and monthly events. Interns are routinely called upon to participate in community programs to educate students about the Jacobs Institute and medical innovation in general.

Interns are expected to shadow at least one neurosurgeon and one cardiologist in the operating room during the program. Additionally, each intern is expected to at least one of the weekly Grand Rounds and Endovascular Conference led by University at Buffalo Neurosurgery. Interns will have the opportunity to orient and mentor high school interns with an interest in medicine, to develop their leadership skills.

Lastly, interns present their final projects together near the end of the summer experience, to an audience of Jacobs Institute partners. In 2016, more than 60 Jacobs Institute friends attended the interns’ presentations. The audience consists of our key partners from UB, Kaleida Health, other Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) institutions, donors, community foundations, the interns’ family and friends, and so many more. This is a phenomenal opportunity for interns to showcase their hard work and have a tangible outcome of their summer’s efforts.

If you have additional questions regarding the summer internship program, please contact Allison Kupferman at or 716.888.4815.


“This summer the Jacobs Institute provided me with a place to learn and grow as a professional.

Simply from its location and purpose, I became familiar with a professional research setting, clinical practice setting, and a biomedical engineering firm setting. This helped me become much more comfortable communicating with a whole host of different crowds of people, such as physicians, CEOs, sales representatives, or other engineers. In terms of hard skills, I learned VMTK segmentation software, MeshMixer computer animated design software, 3D printing on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 printer, and 3D-printed model post-processing, including cleaning, sanding, polishing, fixing, etc. I learned how to independently research the background information for a potential engineering project. I learned how to scope a project from a broad idea to something that is possible, cost-efficient, and worthwhile given a fixed period of time.

At the conclusion of this internship, I independently designed and 3D-printed a novel skull-and-brain model created with the specifications required to simulate a lifelike endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV). This model serves the purpose of training medical students or residents on proper endoscopic processes used in neurosurgery without requiring a cadaver or a real patient. It has the potential to become a part of the Jacobs Institute’s arsenal of products offered to the medical field in order to improve clinical practices.

Lastly, I gained invaluable experience presenting the work of my internship in a very professional setting to an audience of people.”

— Adam K., Summer Intern 2016



Internship Timeline

Summer 2017

Application Posted: Dec. 1, 2016

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

Interview Notification: BY Monday, April 17, 2017*

Start Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017

End Date: Friday, August 4, 2017

*We will notify all applicants, whether they made it to in-person or phone interview or if they are no longer considered for the internship program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each essay question should be answered separately. Each response should be no more than 750 words in length. Do not exceed the word limit. If you choose to submit a video, please keep the duration to two (2) minutes per question.

Your resume should be no longer than one (1) page and should include at least your education, work experience, internship experience, extracurricular activities, service experiences, and any other skills or experience, such as a foreign language or certification.

Yes. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted on or before the corresponding application deadline. Letters of recommendation—or any other materials—will not be accepted after the due date.

The Jacobs Institute Internship program cannot recommend who should write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. However, we encourage you to find individuals who can illustrate your qualifications, character and commitment to the Jacobs Institute mission. Past teachers, instructors or supervisors preferred. Please, no letters of recommendation from family members.

Yes. Current rising junior and senior undergraduate students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at a community college (two-year institution), college, or university (four-year institution).
For the medical students, applicants must be accepted to a medical school program starting in Fall 2017 or have completed Year One of medical school.

No. Please send all application materials in one email to For any multimedia files, such as videos or presentations, please email If needed, we will provide you with a Dropbox link.

No. Jacobs Institute Internships are unpaid positions, although we can accommodate college credit, based on your college or university’s policies. College or university credit eligibility is expected to be researched by the intern, with the Jacobs Institute signing any appropriate, accurate documentation.

No. Applicants must arrange for their own housing.

Yes. Applicants should anticipate working at least Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning Thursday, June 1, 2017, and ending Friday, July 28, 2017. Interns may take up to five (5) vacation days during the internship, but preferably not at the end of the internship when preparations for the final presentation are taking place.

“Jacobs Institute Internship Review Committee” and should be mailed to our offices at The Jacobs Institute, 875 Ellicott St., 5th Floor, Buffalo, N.Y., 14203 or emailed to with the INTERN APPLICANT’S NAME and “INTERN APPLICATION” in the subject line.

The Jacobs Institute Internship Program is competitive and is now in its fourth year, with our pool of applicants growing each year. Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application to maximize your candidacy.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We expect to reach out to those candidates who have made it to the second round by April 1, 2017.

Jacobs Institute Interns will work at the Jacobs Institute, which is located on the 5th Floor of the Gates Vascular Institute.