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 Monday, June 14, to Friday, August 6, 2021.

This 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.

Our internship coordinators hand-pick projects for our interns, based on our current needs and the interns’ interests and capabilities. Interns are expected to plan, develop, and execute deliverables on a predetermined timeline. As such, we expect interns to be leaders, self-motivated, strong problem-solvers, good communicators, and professional. 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 attend 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 or engineering, to develop their leadership skills.

The JI 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.

Lastly, interns present their final projects together near the end of the summer experience, to an audience of Jacobs Institute partners. In 2018, more than 50 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.

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 2021

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.

We are looking for an intern with an education background to help us with another summer internship program that runs during the month of July. This program consists of 6-10 students who research a topic of their own choosing and share their findings in a final presentation. The students attend lectures by a neurosurgeon, watch and research TED Talks, participate in small networking events with leaders from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and more. The education intern would finish developing and preparing for this summer's program, run all aspects of the program day-to-day, provide recommendations for future years.

The Jacobs Institute seeks a summer intern with communications and public relations experience to develop dynamic ways to tell our story, interact with the community, plan unique events, develop powerful media content, boost social media, and much more. You will have the opportunity to work with hospital surgeons, university engineers, and other interns on collaborative, impactful projects to showcase at the end of the summer. You can even help shape the final presentation. Projects often become the basis of further development for those true go-getters seeking additional opportunity. Creative and motivated individuals need apply.


“This summer the Jacobs Institute provided me with a place to learn and grow as a professional.”– Adam K., 2016

“The JI is an awesome place to work because of the support you get from mentors and co-workers. It’s a great day here, always.”–Jillian S., 2016

“This internship also helped me hone my written and oral communication skills, particularly through the final presentation. Three years later, I still think that was the best presentation advice I have ever received. Finally, I am grateful for the internship giving me my first taste of what it is like to be treated as a professional with expectations set for me.”–Anonymous, 2014



Internship Timeline

Summer 2021

Applications Accepted Beginning: Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, 12:00am EST

Application Deadline: Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, 11:59pm EST

Interview Notification: BY Mar. 1, 2021

Start Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

End Date: Friday, August 6, 2021

*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.

No, we also accept applicants who have graduated two years prior and are now in graduate school or are working but seeking a new opportunity. For undergraduates, however, our minimum age requirement is for RISING JUNIORS AND SENIORS.

No. Please upload your application materials through this web page. For any multimedia files, such as videos or presentations, please email If needed, we will provide you with a Dropbox link.

Yes. Jacobs Institute Internships are paid positions, and 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 Monday, June 10, 2019, and ending Friday, August 9, 2019. Interns may take up to five (5) vacation days during the internship, but not at the commencement during onboarding activities and not at the end of the internship when preparations for the final presentation are taking place.

Please direct recommenders to the Jacobs Institute Internship Website, where they can upload a pdf copy of their letter of recommendation.

The Jacobs Institute Internship Program is competitive and is now in its sixth 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 Friday, January 15, 2021, 11:59 pm EST. We expect to reach out to those candidates who have made it to the second round by March 1, 2021.

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