Bioengineering Interns Advancing Projects at Jump
Written on September 17, 2015 by Denise Molina-Weiger
Choosing an internship can be tough when you’re in college. You want the prestige of working for a well-known company, but accepting that type of opportunity might mean doing nothing more than menial tasks. Others find places in smaller institutions or those that are less known to ensure they get hands-on experience.
At Jump, interns get the best of both worlds. We’re linked to a large health care system and our interns, with the help of experienced mentors, get to work on helping us solve serious problems facing the industry.
More than 15 bioengineering interns from all over the country recently wrapped up their summer work with the Jump Innovation team. They were chosen from about 80 college applicants.
Solving Difficult Problems
Jump is a leader when it comes to pairing clinicians with engineers to solve health care problems. That practice was extended to our some of bioengineering interns. One team immersed itself in the clinical environment to help determine training gaps in our clinical practices and research prototypes to fill those gaps.
Other teams worked together to build prototypes of simulation devices that can better train medical professionals and result in better outcomes for patients.
“It’s been a really big learning experience because in school, you don’t always get the chance to work as a team to get things done in a certain time frame,” said Michael Rendleman, a junior at the University of Iowa.
Other interns agreed, saying working as a team helped them stay goal-focused and keep their projects on track.
“I really like that we get assigned a project, test things out, and see what works and doesn’t. You get to do something constructive and there are people here who have a ton of experience and can really help you,” said University of Illinois senior, Lauren Penrose.
What Happens to the Bioengineering Intern Projects?
Our interns had two short months to work on their projects. Then they had to present their final developments to Jump leadership, select staff, and donors.
“I think the interns did an exceptional job across the board,” said Kevin Urbain, a former Jump intern himself, current Jump Simulation Engineer and mentor to the college interns. “I had a great time working with them and am immensely proud of their accomplishments.”
This is the second time University of Missouri senior, Brandon Fricke, has been accepted into the bioengineering internship at Jump. He says it’s inspiring to know his work could be used to benefit the entire health care industry.
“The big thing for me is that I’ve wanted to be in a position where I can serve patients, so being on the innovative side of that is really awesome and knowing that the work I put in here is going to be helping with patients in the years to come.”
The interns’ work has helped us make significant strides in advancing the projects we’re working on at Jump, establishing a solid foundation for future development.
Denise Molina-Weiger is the Writer/Blog Coordinator at the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center. She was a reporter for Peoria Public Radio for ten years before joining Jump, writing on everything from politics to hospital care in the region.
Denise is responsible for maintaining the website and blogging about various activities taking place at Jump.