The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is seeking a technology transfer intern to work in the Multi Campus Office of Technology Transfer.  UTRF facilitates the transfer of inventions from the research labs to the private sector, providing public benefit of new products that result from academic-research funding. This process, referred to as technology transfer, involves a combination of science, business and the law. The role of this intern will be to assist the UTRF Licensing Associates in screening, evaluating, conducting patentability analyses, and performing market research on new technologies developed at the University of Tennessee. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.

Multi Campus Office Commercialization Analyst position (main page)

Description of Internship Role

  • Screening and evaluating new technology disclosed by UT faculty and staff to determine a technology’s commercial potential.

Graduate Student Intern Positions

2-4 total paid positions for Grad Student, Law Student, MBA or Other

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

Application Materials

  • Resume
  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • List of References


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


  • Intensive two-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