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Tech Commercialization Internship Program for Postdocs, Grad Students

The mission of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is to serve Rutgers and its faculty and staff by providing simple and effective means of protecting the valuable Intellectual Property of the University and developing that property commercially by forming appropriate relationships between the University, its faculty/inventors, and the private sector.

OTC is pleased to announce its internship program where postdoctoral trainees and graduate students interested in pursuing alternative careers in Intellectual Property Law, Business Development, and/or Academic Technology Transfer are invited to apply to the program. 

What is required:

  • Minimum of 2 semesters commitment to the program
  • Ability to dedicate 5-10 hours/week (2-3 hours to be spent in the Somerset office and 3-7 hours to be spent carrying out research remotely)
  • Approval of the PI (signature required below)

Elements of the Program:  The program will begin Friday, October 18th, 2013  at 3pm.  It will begin with several lecture-style sessions on Intellectual Property Law, Contracts/Agreements relevant for academic Tech Transfer, Technical Writing, Marketing and Licensing.  After each session, assignments will be given.  Participants will be expected to reach a certain level of expertise to carry out basic invention evaluation and marketing independently with minor supervision.

What you will learn:  You will be exposed to the exciting world of Intellectual Property; you will learn the necessary steps that are needed in order to effectively protect and commercialize the results of scientific research.  You will learn how to evaluate an Invention Disclosure, prepare Non-Confidential Summaries, and identify and reach out to prospective licensees.  You will learn about negotiation of the business terms of various agreements that govern Technology Transfer in an academic university.

In order to be considered for the program, please fill out the information below and send to the OTC along with your CV and a brief statement on the nature of your interest by e-mail to by 5:00pm on Monday, October 7th. Applications will be reviewed and interviews may be conducted as needed.



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