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Office for Innovation

Tech Transfer Graduate Internship

The Eberly College of Science (ECOS) Office for Innovation (O4I) invites applications for the Intellectual Property (IP)/Tech Transfer Graduate Internship for the academic year 2022-2023.

The O4I endeavors to help faculty inventors commercialize their technologies or IP. We are seeking a motivated graduate student to assist in this process via the Intellectual Property (IP)/Tech Transfer Graduate Internship. No IP/tech transfer experience is necessary to apply, but a strong sense of curiosity and a willingness to learn about the development of IP is important.

This Internship is a personalized experience and can be used to develop skills highly sought after in academia, industry, government, and even patent law firms. Previous interns have used experience gained during their internship to obtain successful careers in academic tech transfer and patent law.

The selected candidate will gain experience in communication and technical writing as well as in marketing and patent law by working with the Penn State Office of Technology Management. The intern will also have the opportunity to work closely with life science professionals (including some of the college’s very successful alumni) and learn more about potential career paths.

Responsibilities of the IP/Tech Transfer Internship include:

  • Interacting with diverse, innovative faculty across ECOS to learn and write about their technology(ies);
  • Coordinating and leading up to two meetings that include the ECOS Technology Advisory Board (an alumni group that advises faculty on technology transfer);
  • Organizing and creating action items for Lab Bench to Commercialization Grant recipients;
  • Acting as a liaison between the O4I, the Office of Technology Management, faculty inventors, and the Technology Advisory Board.

This internship is part-time (20 hours per week) and will provide a stipend, benefits, and tuition identical to that of the TAs/RAs in your home department. Hours are flexible but please discuss this internship with the faculty advisor of your thesis research before applying.

If you would like to apply for the ECOS IP/Tech Transfer Graduate Internship, please send a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your department/program and research area, as well as a copy of your CV or résumé to Suzanne Kijewski, IP & Tech Transfer Liaison ( Preference will be given to post-comprehensive graduate students. US citizenship is not required. Review of applications will begin on July 1st, 2022.

Questions about this Internship should be directed to Suzanne Kijewski.