University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

How to Get Involved

Prototyping Supplies for Innovation

Become part of the innovation process at the Bakken MDC.

Internship Program- OPEN!


The Internship Program leadership team is continuing our preparation for the summer program in hopes that it will continue as normal. We are also aware that the program will likely have to be altered to accommodate the current COVID-19 situation, or even canceled for the summer of 2020. We wanted to be transparent about the status of the program, so you will be best informed moving forward as you assess your options for this summer. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as we know more. Please let us know if you have any questions! (Updated 3.19.2020)


The Internship is a phenomenal way to learn about the engineering design process, improve hands-on prototyping capabilities, study the product development cycle and network with academic and industry leaders. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for the intern program. This is not exclusive to UMN Students.

After the Internship a number of participants have continued to work on projects at the Bakken MDC, a majority begin working in industry or continue pursuing their academic goals and a few have even created their own start up companies. 2020 Internship Details

Applications close Sunday, April 19th, 2020 at 11:55 PM (CST)

Program kickoff: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 27th
Final Presentation: Wednesday, August 19th

Feel free to reach out to Steve or Cara with any questions you may have about the program. Thank you for your interest in the program and good luck!


Medical Device Projects

The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (Bakken MDC) is accepting medical design concepts that need to be realized. Projects must be realizable within a reasonable time span and all funding for materials must be provided by the project administrator. Project submissions will be reviewed by the Bakken MDC staff and matched with student interns who have experience or are interested in the project's scope within medical devices. Initial meetings will be facilitated by the Bakken MDC staff. However, the administrator of the project will be responsible for supervising student work and monitoring the progress of the project. Interested parties can submit their projects. HERE


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