Internships

Internships

Interns in the Corporate Engagement Office gain hands-on, real-world experience working alongside professionals who collaborate every day with Ohio State’s innovative faculty and the businesses that are interested in tapping Buckeye expertise.

The breadth, scope and excellence of our research programs make Ohio State a leading force of innovation and change – locally, nationally and globally. Our technology commercialization interns play an integral role in the commercialization of these Ohio State innovations and develop relationships with professionals in the commercialization and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Learn more about the types of internships available in the Corporate Engagement Office below. If you are interested in one of these internships, please send a cover letter and resume to Thea Bailey or call 614-292-1315.

Open Positions

Position Description

Licensing Interns play an integral part in assessing, marketing and commercializing Ohio State
inventions. In this position, students with a science skill-set have the opportunity to perform the
first part of a technology’s market analysis related to a specific invention and research discipline.

Duties include:

  • Evaluating invention disclosures for marketability and commercial potential;
  • Conducting market research and assessments;
  • Identifying and analyzing competitive landscapes and potential licensees; and
  • Generating marketing documents to describe the invention and its value proposition; Students in this position are asked to work 10-12 (undergraduate) or 5-9 (graduate) hours per week during the semester, with the potential to work up to 38 hours per week during breaks.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Desired skills include:

  • Applicant is in pursuit of a degree in a field of science or engineering with a strong
  • academic record;
  • Ability to multi-task in an active environment;
  • Ability to work with minimal direction;
  • Experience reading and understanding technical documentation and scientific literature;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills; and
  • An interest in providing excellent service to the Ohio State community.

Position Description

Business Interns play an integral part in our process and benefit from the opportunity to interact
with and learn from seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs. Duties include:

  • Assisting in the initial valuation and market research of a technology;
  • Assessing the commercial viability of university technologies as startups;
  • Developing business plans, business cases and forecasts for university inventions; and
  • Following the technologies through the startup process.

Other tasks may include, but are not limited to: patent research, SWOT analyses, technology
marketing and other business-related assignments. Students in this position are asked to work
10-12 (undergraduate) or 5-9 (graduate) hours per week during the semester, with the potential
to work up to 38 hours per week during breaks.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Desired skills include:

  • Applicant is an undergraduate (preferably third or fourth year) or MBA student with a
  • strong academic record;
  • Strong interest in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to professionally market technologies and
  • network on behalf of the office;
  • Ability to multitask in an active environment; and
  • An interest in providing excellent service to the Ohio State community.

Position Description

Legal Interns play an integral part in the commercialization of technologies. Students in this
position will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from seasoned business
professionals, outside legal counsel and licensed attorneys. Duties include:

  • Assisting in the intellectual property strategy and triage process;
  • Helping commercialization staff determine if and how a technology moves forward;
  • Assessing the commercial viability of technologies from Ohio State as startups; and
  • Following the technologies through the startup or licensing process.

Other duties may include, but are not limited to: patent research, applications and publications
relevant to university inventions; reviewing commercial potential of university inventions; and
other general duties as assigned. Students in this position are asked to work 9-12 hours per
week during the academic year, with the potential to work up to 28 hours per week during the
summer, in relatively large blocks of time.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Desired skills include:

  • Applicant is a 2L or 3L law student with a strong academic record with an undergraduate
  • degree in a life science, physical science, engineering or computer science;
  • Ability to multi-task in an active environment;
  • Ability to work with minimal direction;
  • Ability to and interest in actively seeking feedback and assignments; and
  • An interest in providing excellent service to the Ohio State community.

Position Description

Each year, more than 400 technology disclosures are submitted by Ohio State Innovators – the new ventures team helps ensure technologies with startup potential make their way to the market and ultimately serve the greater good. Technologies typically come from the medical device, pharmaceutical, software and engineering fields. The new ventures interns gain practical, hands-on experience by:

  • Evaluating the startup potential of these early-stage technologies and crafting diligent marketing and commercialization strategies.
  • Conducting research and delivering customer discovery, competitive analysis, pricing analysis, market sizing, business model and valuation, exit strategy and recommendations.
  • Creating reports and building pitch decks for potential investors.

Students gain further experience by working closely with professionals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Students in this position work approximately 25 hours per week at a rate of $12-$15 per hour, depending on experience. 

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Applicant requirements for this position include:

  • Current MBA student at the Fisher College of Business. 
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Commitment of 25 hours per week.
  • Resume and one letter of recommendation from a professor or employer.

Interested in the new ventures cohort internship or have questions? Please contact Lauren Morowit at morowit.1@osu.edu.