The INVO Practicum is an unpaid internship program open to all Northwestern students and post-docs who are interested in learning more about the technology transfer process as well as being exposed to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern. The interns will gain hands-on experience in evaluating Northwestern technologies for palatability, marketability and commercialization readiness. In addition, they will be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff and faculty inventors. The Practicum has trained and mentored 27 graduate students, postdocs and research professors from McCormick, Feinberg, and Weinberg since January 2015. Subsequent to their internships, they have been placed in university tech transfer offices including MIT and Rice, IP Law Firms, consulting firms and industry. The INVO Practicum is open to all Northwestern students and post-docs who want to learn more about the technology transfer process and gain exposure to the vast areas of innovation at Northwestern.
- Attendance at training sessions
- Commitment of 10 hours per week over a six-month period (~ 1 day/week)
- Written permission from PI to participate in the program
This program requires attendance at training sessions and a commitment of 10 hours per week over a six-month period. The interns will gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability and marketability as well as be expected to effectively communicate their findings with INVO staff.
- Deep technical knowledge in scientific field
- Interest in intellectual property and commercialization
- Willingness and ability to research & analyze a variety of technological fields
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Two cohorts run per year: January to June and June to December. The January 2018 cohort is currently full.
INVO will begin accepting applications for June 2018 in Spring 2018.
Apply for INVO Practicum
To apply for the Practicum, submit the following materials:
- The Practicum Application
- Personal statement
- Letter from PI (or Academic Advisor, if you have no PI) stating support & understanding of the time commitment (a minimum of 8-10 hours per week over 6 months).
Applications will be reviewed in the November/December or May/June timeframe. Interviews will occur in the same time period.
Submission by the early application deadline is recommended. Applications may be accepted after the regular deadline if space is available.