Technology Transfer Internship Program – Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL

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 intern with the ORNL Commercialization Managers in technology transfer full-time during the summer at ORNL, starting mid-May through mid-August 2017. During the internship, the 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, and each student will be assigned a specific mentor. The application deadline is May 7th at 11:59 pm ET.


  • Stipend: $600/week paid bi-weekly – full-time required
  • $150/week housing allowance for students whose permanent address is 50 miles or more from Oak Ridge
  • One round trip (limited to $500 total) for students whose permanent address is 50 miles or more from Oak Ridge


  • Must be currently pursuing a graduate degree in science, engineering, or business at an U.S. accredited institution of higher education
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry)
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 –  copy of academic record (official transcript will not be required) showing name, school name, current classes and GPA
  • Must have proof of medical insurance during appointment
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining the program
  • Submit two references

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 at ORNL

Additional information and interview may be required after initial review before selection is made.

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