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UTRF Intern Program


The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is seeking a technology transfer intern to work in the UTHSC 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 UT Health Science Center.

The UTRF Internship Program provides graduate students and postdocs the opportunity to assist our Licensing professionals in commercializing UT inventions. Through this experience working in the technology transfer office the intern will develop an understanding of intellectual property law, technology evaluation, and licensing methods and techniques.

Description of Role

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

Positions Available


Who May Apply

Graduate students, professional school students or postdoctoral fellows.

  • Students must be 3rd year or beyond.
  • All applicants must have the written approval of their advisor/PI.

Required Skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Advanced research capabilities (not just Google)
  • Analytical and critical thinking


  • Participate in inventor interview
  • Intellectual property analysis
  • Market and industry analysis
  • Development of marketing materials
  • Targeted Marketing

Application Material

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Letter of approval from advisor


8-10 hr/week for 6 months



Application Deadline is May 21, 2014.

Position will begin on or around June 9, 2014.

For more details or to apply, please contact Dr. Lakita Cavin at Lcavin@uthsc.edu or (901) 448-7825