Junior Biomedical Internship Program Internship Program 


Dr. Paul I. Terasaki was not only a dedicated researcher who developed one of the first personalized therapeutics, he was also a proud Japanese American and aspired for the community to prosper.  He championed initiatives to support international collaboration, student exchange programs and encouraged students to pursue STEM fields.   

The Nibei Foundation will be partnering with the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation (TIBI) to provide summer internships for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research or entrepreneurship.  TIBI envisions a world where personalized medicine is available to all and focuses on the biggest problems in health to develop solutions and works to quickly translate technology platforms to real-world application. This program aims to expose students to interdisciplinary fields of research to empower them to think creatively in their approach to problems and inspire them to explore and pursue STEM career paths. 

The Junior Biomedical Internship program will have a biomedical research internship track where students will have the opportunity to be a part of a research project in areas such as tissue engineering, biomaterials or biosensors and an entrepreneurship track focused on biomedical innovation.  Students will have the opportunity to be a part of team-focused research projects and the development of cutting-edge technology.  Students participating in the entrepreneurship track will learn about the translation process including understanding the technology platforms developed at TIBI, working on impact assessments, market research, and business strategies.   

Application Closed

Application Closed  

Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible, you must: 

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree granting program at a community college or university. 
  • Prior research experience is not required. 
  • Have a genuine interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or entrepreneurship within the biomedical field. 

About the Program 

  • The internship will take place at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation at 11570 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Anwqgeles, California.  Some aspects of the program will be held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please visit the TIBI website for more information about TIBI’s COVID-19 guidelines. 
  • The dates for the internship program are tentatively from June 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021, but interns will only need to commit to a 12-week period during this time frame. 
  • Selected participants will receive a $5,000 educational stipend upon completion of the program. 
  • Throughout the summer program, interns will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, workshops on various topics including translation and scientific writing. 
  • Housing is not provided.  Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the Terasaki Institute. 

Contact Naoko Okada, Nibei Foundation Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.