Summer Scholar Internship

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine - Winston-Salem, NC3.9

Internship$500 a week

2019 Summer Undergraduate Internship Opportunities in Translational Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM)

Winston-Salem, NC

Temporary (10 weeks) Summer Internship

About WFIRM:

WFIRM is an international leader in translating scientific discoveries into therapies to benefit patients. Its physicians and scientists were the first in the world to engineer laboratory grown organs that were successfully implanted into humans. Initiated in 2004 by Dr. Anthony Atala, WFIRM now has a team of over 450 researchers, physicians and staff. Today, this team is working to engineer replacement tissues and organs and develop healing cell therapies for more than 35 different areas of the body. Ultimately, WFIRM’s mission is, “To improve patients’ lives through regenerative medicine”. WFIRM does this through targeted programs supporting research, education, and collaborations among academic research centers, regional and national government, and industry. WFIRM focuses on bioengineering, biomedical and related technologies associated with engineered human tissues, including cell culture, gene therapy, organ transplantation, regeneration, biomaterials, tissue manufacturing, informatics, and computer-assisted analysis and design. Over 80 innovative TERM technologies are currently being developed, from basic to mature projects that are ready for the bedside.

We take pride in both the advancement and successful translation of the field as well as the facilitating the growth of tomorrow’s professional workforce needed. Join us as an undergraduate summer interns participating in our annual Summer Scholars Program and you’ll have the opportunity to experience this exciting, multidisciplinary research firsthand.


During the 10-week program, students accepted into the program will be assigned an individually tailored research project requiring creative thinking, problem solving, and teamwork under the supervision of WFIRM faculty mentors, interacting with peers, graduate, postdoctoral students and other professionals throughout our institute. Projects are focused in several areas including biomaterials, cell and molecular biology, physiology, biomedical engineering, controlled release systems, biochemistry, cell and gene therapy and tissue engineering.

Applicant Eligibility and How to Apply

  • Applicants should be undergraduates pursuing degrees in engineering, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, biology, pre-medicine, and related fields to be eligible and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher (on the 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants must have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education and be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the program. International students who are already attending school in the United States and currently have a J-1 visa or F-1 visa with work authorization at an outside location are eligible to apply.
  • The main criteria for the selection of summer scholars will be personal scholarship and academic excellence and the match of applicant interests with those of participating researchers.
  • Applicants can apply online at the WFIRM Summer Scholars Program Website at Deadline for application is January 4, 2019.
  • In addition to the completed online application and personal statements, please submit the following documentation:
  • An official transcript of your undergraduate study to date
  • Two letters of recommendation; these may be requested from professors related to your major, an advisor, and/or department chair.


  • $5,000 compensation for the 10-week position
  • Access to housing and housing allowance
  • Individually tailored research with faculty mentor(s)
  • Short courses and seminars on alternating topics in regenerative medicine led by prominent leaders in the field
  • Professional development training opportunities
  • Participation in final research symposium and poster session
  • Social and networking events
  • Graduate and medical school advising
  • Fun! Lots of chances to get to know the WFIRM team and your fellow interns socially.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

Our interdisciplinary research organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated undergraduate students’ interested in regenerative medicine research that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents.

Job Type: Internship

Salary: $500.00 /week