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INVO Practicum

The INVO Practicum is an unpaid 6-month internship program open to all Northwestern students and senior scientists who are interested in learning about the university technology transfer process. The interns are exposed to vast areas of innovation and gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability, marketability and commercialization readiness. They are expected to manage the analysis of multiple technologies that fall in and outside of their wheelhouse and to communicate their findings with INVO staff and faculty inventors. Since 2015, the Practicum has trained and mentored 37 graduate students, postdocs and research professors from McCormick School of Engineering, Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences and Pritzker School of Law. They bring a sophisticated level and breadth of scientific knowledge ranging from basic and synthetic biology, bioengineering, medicinal chemistry to computational chemistry, mechanical and materials science engineering. Subsequent to their internships, they have been placed in university technology transfer offices, IP law firms, consulting firms and industry across the country.

Program Requirements

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.

Desired Qualifications

Session Dates

Two cohorts run per year: January to June and June to December.

INVO is now accepting applications for the July 2019 cohort through Friday, May 24, 2019

Interviews will take place late May through early June.  The tentative first day of the next cohort is July 12, 2019. 

Apply for INVO Practicum

To apply for the Practicum, submit the following materials:

Applications will be reviewed in the November/December or May/June timeframe. Interviews will occur in the same time period.  Early submission is recommended.