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Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking applications from UT graduate students in science, engineering, and business, including MBA students, for a special program offered by the Technology Transfer department. The deadline to apply is April 15.

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The program is designed to expose graduate students to the business of technology transfer and intellectual property management at ORNL. It provides students with hands-on experience in technology assessment, marketing, and commercialization. Interns will participate with the ORNL Commercialization Managers in technology transfer full-time during the summerat ORNL, starting mid-May through mid-August 2016 and then may continue on a part-time basis at ORNL in fall 2016 and spring 2017 (dependent on project need and student availability).

During the summer, students will participate in small, multi-disciplinary teams on technology transfer projects that may include technology and market assessment and the marketing of technologies for commercialization.  Each student will have a Commercialization Manger mentor, and at the end of the summer, each student will have the necessary training to participate independently with the guidance of the Commercialization Manger.At the end of the summer internship located at ORNL, the student may be invited to continue the program on a part-time level at ORNL as they continue their studies.


  • $600 per week stipend for full-time appointment (required for summer); stipend will be pro-rated for part-time participation (during academic school year)
  • $150 housing allowance and limited travel reimbursement if permanent address is 50 miles or more from ORNL

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently pursuing a graduate degree in science, engineering, or business
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent (LPR)
  • Must be 18 years of age at start of appointment
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Must have proof of medical insurance during appointment
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining the program

Selection Criteria

  • Strong technical background in the biological sciences, physical sciences, information technologies, or engineering preferred
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must have written and verbal fluency in English
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer and intellectual property
  • Availability of 40 hours per week during the summer and at least 8 hours per week during the remainder of the academic school year (assuming project has need after summer – must be able to commute to ORNL while attending school fall/spring)
  • Additional information and interview may be required after initial review before selection is made.

For more information, contact Leslie Fox, program manager, at leslie.fox@orau.org.