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Part Time - Technology Transfer Intern

Penn State University

Job Description

The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is seeking current Penn State students (e.g., JD, MS, MBA, PhD students) with an interest in technology transfer to join our OTM internship program. The OTM is the office that is charged with protecting and commercializing innovations developed at Penn State. The OTM internship program is open to applicants who have a background in life sciences, physical sciences, law, and/or business. This is a paid internship that requires up to 15 hours per week (up to 30 hours per week during the Summer semester). The expectation is that the technology transfer intern(s) will be hired to start at the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester. Preference will be given to candidates that can commit to working with the OTM for at least one year, including through Summer 2023.

Job Duties

Technology transfer interns will work with experienced technology licensing officers (TLO’s) and will play a meaningful role in supporting licensing efforts. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting non-confidential technology summaries and preparing additional marketing materials for use in technology marketing campaigns (~40%)
  • Assisting in the preparation of technology assessment reports to be used for internal (i.e., OTM and other Penn State stakeholders) evaluation of technologies (~25%)
  • Working with TLO’s to develop technology marketing strategies and identifying contacts within target companies that could potentially license Penn State technologies (~25%)
  • Additional responsibilities (~10%) could include:
    • Performing market research to understand market size & competitive landscape
    • Assisting with prior art searches & patentability assessments
    • Other duties, as necessary and/or based upon an intern’s specific interests

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field is preferred.
  • Ideal candidates will have a background in life sciences, physical sciences, law and/or business.
  • Graduate students (e.g., JD, MS, MBA, PhD students) interested in pursuing a career in technology transfer are strongly encouraged to apply; MS and PhD students must have approval from their advisors to join the OTM internship program.
  • Ideal candidates will possess excellent communication skills, particularly technical writing skills for marketing purposes (i.e., clearly and concisely conveying “take-home messages” to describe Penn State technologies and relay their key benefits).
  • This position will require individuals who are dedicated, dependable, highly organized, and self-motivated with excellent time-management skills to respond to competing and changing priorities.
  • To be considered for this internship, you must submit a current resume and a cover letter explaining 1) why you want to join the OTM internship program and 2) how your background and experiences position you to meaningfully contribute to the OTM’s mission. Applicants who do not submit all requested materials may not be considered.

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