Internship Program

We support undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate internship programs hosted in our health technology startup network.

Supporting the Next Generation of Talent

We’re committed to the symbiotic relationship between startups and interns: providing industry experience for the next generation of healthcare technology leaders while also connecting companies to the innovative ideas and skills of talented students. Our interns work with a diverse and innovative group of startups to help them bring their project closer to commercialization. Through our various partnerships, we customize internships to a variety of specifications and interests for both the entrepreneur and student.

Internship Programs

Saltire Foundation Internship Program

A three-month fully funded internship is available through the UCSF Rosenman Institute’s collaboration with the Saltire Foundation. Eligible students are in the penultimate year of their undergraduate program studying in universities in Scotland.

UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering Program

Students from UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering are placed in UCSF Rosenman Institute projects and companies, with mentoring provided by the Rosenman Advisors network. All participating students are in their senior year.

Startups

Testimonials

From Entrepreneurs

“Our intern Wenbo Ge was fantastic. There was one specific piece of test equipment that we had previously designed that cost us $10,000 in parts and $3,000 in software. Wenbo was able to re-design the fixture so that total part cost was under $2,000 and he also eliminated the expensive software by writing the code with a free online tool that he found.”

Brandon Felkins
Co-Founder & COO, Ocular Dynamics

“From finding us summer interns to connecting us with investors to hosting great events featuring leading medtech innovators, the Institute has played a significant role in helping us successfully navigate the early stages of building a company.”

Nick Damiano
Co-Founder & CEO, Zenflow

“I received expert assessment on the feasibility of my idea and my filed IP from the Rosenman Fellows. Based on the IP assessment, the Fellows provided me with guidance on how to navigate the IP and identify areas where I could strengthen our position.”

Elaine Tseng, MD
Cardiac Surgeon and Associate Professor, UCSF. Founder, Revalve

“Christine introduced us to a mentor, who was wonderful at framing the market potential and usability of the product. We have met with several engineers, who have all been instrumental at overcoming design hurdles and coming up with new concepts and ideas.”

Peter Emblad, MD
Emergency Care Physician, Kaiser Permanente. CEO, Skuut, LLC

“The Rosenman Innovation Award allowed our group to collect critical early validation of our device in an animal model, helping propel us to the next stage of development.”

Austin Walker
CEO, Innovein

From Interns

“Being able to say that I am working on a device that will save lives in the future is not something I would ever have imagined happening a few years ago, and has now given real purpose to my university studies.”

Craig Stephen
4th Year Mechanical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

“Highlights from my time at ThrombX Medical include a physician interaction with 5 interventional neuroradiologists and neurosurgeons to gain their feedback on the device – meeting and conversing was an incredible experience. Furthermore, I saw three animal studies which were very different experiences. It was interesting to see how the device operates in a surgical setting and how the design is optimized.”

Ellie Blues
4th Year Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

“Apart from engineering drawings, I developed many other skills that will benefit me professionally. I chaired numerous meetings, arranged site visits to new suppliers, sourced relevant information, designed numerous parts and custom tools to automate the assembly process, and learned how engineering is approached in a commercial environment.”

Euan Foster
5th Year Aero & Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

“On my second week […] I’m whisked away to ‘scrub up’ and find myself standing in the back of an Operating Room with cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and nurses, watching heart surgery. Although it was extremely warm and tiring standing for two hours in there, it was an amazing thing that very few people ever get the chance to experience.”

Fergus Moore
3rd Year Business, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

“I loved everything about my work at Zenflow. I got involved with every department from operations to Quality Assurance and of course primarily the R&D team where each week I was given new and different tasks to complete independently or to help colleagues to complete.”

Kristofer McAdam
2nd Year Master’s in Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde

“Working in a start-up in Silicon Valley has given me the chance to meet world-leading experts in bioengineering and medicine.”

Neil Gill
4th Year Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde

“Working at such a small company allowed me insight into the entrepreneurial side of things and taught me a lot of stuff that I never even think about in daily life.”

Richard Knight
4th Year Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde

“I gained experience working first hand with injection molding machinery, FDA paperwork, medical device testing and designing machine parts, while working within a developing company in the heart of Silicon Valley. It doesn’t get much better.”

Ross McBride
Master’s in Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Scotland

“Never in my life did I think I would be trusted enough to test manufactured heart valves that will one day have an impact on somebody’s life.”

Sarah Glenny
4th Year Sports Engineering, University of Straclyde

“Spinal Singularity consisted of two full-time employees: the CEO and myself. I have been given an unbelievable opportunity where I worked directly with the founder on a daily basis and was exposed to all aspects of the company. It was honestly the best summer of my life and a once in a lifetime experience.”

Stephen Johnston
4th Year Product Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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