Internship Program

Vanderbilt CTTC Student Internship Program

The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Vanderbilt University has a paid 12-week technology transfer internship that follows the academic semester.

Technology transfer is the practice of transferring inventions from the research lab to the marketplace to benefit the public and is an interesting blend of science, business, and law. The internship begins with an instructional phase that provides the framework of technology transfer including its history, basics of invention evaluation, intellectual property protection, and commercialization/licensing strategies. Once completed, each intern is paired with licensing professionals in our office to apply those skills to help evaluate, protect and commercialize real-world Vanderbilt inventions. Due to the nature of technology transfer, this program exposes the interns to a unique blend of disciplines and a variety of projects that a technology transfer officer might face each day.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore a career that requires broad scientific expertise, business insight, and legal acumen to convert basic research into practical applications.

Internship Requirements:

Interested students must currently be enrolled at Vanderbilt University.

  • Entering their senior year of college
  • Enrolled in a scientific discipline
  • Can commit 10-20 hours per week at the CTTC, with a maximum of 30 hours/week
  • Be in good academic standing and approval from their academic advisor
Science-based Graduate Students:
  • Scientific background or enrolled in any scientific discipline
  • Can commit to 6-8 hours a week at CTTC
  • For Ph.D. - has completed coursework necessary for the degree
  • Has passed applicable qualifying exams for Ph.D. candidacy
  • Permission of research advisor
Law and Business Graduate Students:
  • Scientific background (B.S./M.S./Ph.D.) preferred
  • Can commit 10-20 hours per week at CTTC, with a  maximum of 30 hrs/week
  • Be in good academic standing and approval from academic advisor

How to apply:

Submit the following information via email to

  • Term you wish to intern
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Written permission from research advisor or faculty advisor

This internship program is highly competitive and no one is guaranteed admittance. Nor is there any implied or guaranteed offer of employment upon completion of the internship. The term of the internship may be renewed in to the fall and spring semesters upon the discretion of the supervisor.

Instruction phase topics:

  • Intellectual property protection: patents, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Patent prosecution and timeline
  • The history of technology transfer and the Bayh-Dole act
  • Invention disclosure form
  • Vanderbilt CTTC commercialization process
  • Invention disclosure assessment including: Intellectual property protection, Market potential, Development status
  • Effective prior act searching
  • Conducting market analysis
  • Marketing: drafting confidential/non-confidential executive summaries
  • Term sheets and negotiations

Assignment Phase:

You will be paired with one or more licensing officers who will assign you to specific technologies. Tasks for these technologies will be based on each intern’s background and what topics were taught within the instructional phase. Additional special projects may be assigned throughout your internship.