Summer Internships
in Biomedical Informatics & Data Science
at the Institute for Informatics (BIDS@I2)

BIDS@I2 is a funded, 11-week internship opportunity allowing undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to explore the field of biomedical informatics.

The BIDS program trains students in biomedical informatics and data science core competencies. Under the guidance of faculty mentors & research scientists, BIDS interns focus on the support & elevation of biomedical informatics through research translation and practice.

As a BIDS@I2 intern, you will:

  • Work within the lab of an I2 faculty member & participate actively in research in progress
  • Receive biomedical informatics & data science training
  • Participate in interdisciplinary, weekly lab meetings
  • Attend weekly seminars
  • Collaborate with fellow interns, faculty & staff on projects and research
  • Attend I2 retreat & present summer research
  • Create a scientific poster for a culminating event for the WUSM community
  • Experience a broad range of biomedical informatics & data science research methods, technology, and theories

I2 selects students based on background, experience, skills & interest in learning more about informatics. To promote interdisciplinary collaboration, I2 recruits students from various disciplines, including, but not limited to:

  • Health Science
  • Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Computer Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Engineering

Dates and Deadlines *

  • Application open: Nov. 1, 2022
  • Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2023
  • Interviews complete: Early March, 2023
  • Final decisions issued: Late March, 2023
  • Virtual orientation and preparatory training period: May 22 – 26, 2023
  • In-person program start date: May 30, 2023
  • Lab retreat: July 12, 2023
  • Poster session: August 3, 2023
  • Program end date: August 4, 2023

* Dates and deadlines are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to participate in the BIDS@I2 summer internship program?
    Undergraduates and graduates studying at a U.S. institution are eligible to apply. Every summer, approximately 20 trainees from a wide range of academic backgrounds work on research projects as part of the BIDS@I2 program.
  • What items are required for the internship application?
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Personal statement
    • One letter of recommendation
    • CV or résumé
    • A short list of I2 faculty you are interested in working with
    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The link to apply can be found below. There is no fee to apply.
  • Is the program open to international students?
    Yes, as long as you are enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. institution and can apply for CPT or OPT with your home institution. We are not able to sponsor international visitors whose university is outside of the U.S. at this time, but hope to in the future.
  • How competitive is this program?
    We receive approximately 5-6 applications for each available slot.
  • What is the time commitment required of a BIDS trainee?
    Most trainees should expect to conduct research in a full-time capacity, though there are occasions where we have allowed part-time work upon faculty or trainee request. This is a 11-week program, typically beginning in mid-May and ending in early August. The first two weeks are focused on orientation and preparatory training.
  • How does the mentor-trainee “matching” process work?
    Each January, we survey faculty on their needs for summer trainees and ask them to share any desired skillsets or backgrounds they are looking for in a trainee(s), as this can change from year to year. We take this information, along with the list of preferred faculty gathered from each application, into consideration during the admissions process. We will issue final admission decisions and, if admitted, faculty mentor assignments by early April.
  • What projects might I work on?
    While the specific projects that trainees may work on is constantly evolving, you can check out our faculty bio page below to learn more about general areas of interest. In recent years, trainees have worked on projects ranging from applying machine learning to single-cell data sets to utilizing informatics techniques to solve problems in the population health domain. Check out this St. Louis Public Radio article, which highlights a recent project led by Dr. Beth Prusaczyk and a previous summer trainee who studied the relationship between Facebook connections and the spread of COVID-19.
  • My summer availability doesn’t quite line up with the posted dates. Is this a problem?
    We have accepted applicants who requested an alternate start or end date in the past. Please indicate your need for a different timeline on your application.
  • Is financial support provided?
    The exact amount of support will depend on if you are full-time or part-time, but undergraduates can expect their monthly stipend to equate to approximately $16/hr for 10 weeks. Graduate students are supported at a slightly higher hourly rate. These rates are subject to change.

For more information, please contact Katie Bay, Educational Programs Manager at I2.

Faculty Mentors

Mentors and Labs for BIDS Summer Internships

Program Co-Directors

Joanna Abraham, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
Associate Professor
Division of Clinical and Translational Research (DoCTR)
Department of Anesthesiology and Institute for Informatics (I2)
Washington University School of Medicine
Phone: 314-362-5129 (Anesth); 314-273-5423 (I2)

Associate Professor
Institute for Informatics (I2), Department of Medicine
Division of General Medical Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine
Goldfarb School of Nursing
Barnes Jewish College, BJC HealthCare
Phone: 314-273-2213

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