UTRF Commercialization Analyst Internship Program

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation Internship Program provides graduate students the opportunity to assist our licensing professionals in commercializing UT inventions. Commercialization Analysts assist in the evaluation, marketing and licensing of cutting-edge technology developed at the University.

The intensive training program provided by UTRF to successful applicants will assist them in developing an understanding of intellectual property law, market and industry analysis, and licensing methods and techniques.

The application period for the 2015 Commercialization Analyst position is now closed.

Graduate Student Intern Positions

    • 3 total paid positions for Grad Student, Law Student, MBA or Other

*Candidates Must Be U.S. Citizens Or Permanent U.S. Residents.


  • 35 hr/wk in Summer 2015
  • 10 hr/wk in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters

Skill Set

  • Communication skills
  • Advanced internet research capabilities
  • Business knowledge of intellectual property rights and protection methods
  • Commercialization, industry knowledge and marketing skills
  • Analytical skills – ability to learn technologies quickly
  • Background in Life Science, Engineering, Computer Science or Physical Science preferred


  • Screen Technologies
  • Participate in Interview Inventors
  • Undertake Market and Industry Analysis
  • Perform Prior Art Research
  • Assist in recommending action
  • Present Recommendations
  • Assist in Ad-Hoc Projects in Marketing and Licensing


  • Intensive 2-week training on IP and research methods

Why This Internship

  • Fun and fast-paced job
  • Those interested in the following careers will find this a useful internship:
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Venture Capital
    • Transaction or Patent Attorney
    • Licensing Professional
    • Innovation sourcing from Corporate side
    • On the job training in highly marketable skills
    • Intellectual Property
    • Licensing Basics
    • Market Research
    • Marketing
    • Venture Deals
    • Great program for Law and MBA recruiters
    • Uses and enhances communication skills
    • Excellent networking opportunities

      Q & A with Former Interns 2014
      Q & A with Former Interns 2013
      Q & A with Former Interns 2012