There has been much buzz throughout the technology transfer industry about using MBA candidates and other graduate students as an inexpensive resource for university technology transfer offices (TTOs). Tech transfer internship programs offer many benefits to both the students and the organization, but cost-cutting advantages (if any) are low on that list. Still, the tremendous experience such a program can offer students—training the future leaders of the business and tech transfer fields—provides reason enough to commit to an internship program.
This paper gives insights into some of the best practices learned at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), which is described in an accompanying case study. The paper is available for free download by registering on the In-Depth Insights page of the Fuentek Web site.
In addition, Fuentek offers a webinar for training TTO interns on how to perform rapid screening of inventions. Screenings are the first step in the two-phase evaluation of a technology’s commercial viability from a market perspective. More Fuentek insights on technology evaluation are available, including a post explaining why Fuentek recommends having interns perform screenings and the value this approach provides a TTO.