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Top 10 Hints Your Tech Transfer Internship Program Is in Trouble

Ah, fall! University students return to campus. And technology transfer offices (TTOs) have the opportunity to establish–or enhance–their internship program. Longtime readers of the Fuentek blog know that we have a lot of experience setting up new  TTO internship programs. From planning the program to selecting the candidates to training and mentoring the interns, we’ve done it all. We even published a white paper about it. So today, while I’m feeling slightly nostalgic for David Letterman, I’d like to have a little fun while I share Fuentek insights about tech transfer internship programs. Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Intern! One Tech Transfer Office’s Experience

SpringForwardClock_iStock_000026185332_Small-croppedNow that we’ve sprung forward into Daylight Savings Time, it is also time for university technology transfer offices (TTOs) to spring ahead with their summer internship programs. March is usually the month when TTOs issue their “Apply Now” announcements for summer interns. But all is not lost for TTOs who are just getting started. Although there are significant advantages when you begin planning a new summer internship program the previous fall, March is not too late to start. For example, it was last spring when a university TTO asked Fuentek for help with establishing their internship program. They wanted to start that coming summer, so we jumped in to help them, using the tricks that we have learned over our long history of establishing effective internship programs… Continue reading

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Timing Is Everything: For Maximum Success, Start Planning Now for Next Summer’s Internship Program

Updated September 2016 • Even though next summer feels far away, now is the time to begin planning for next summer’s internship program, especially if you’re establishing a new one. Ideally, interns should begin working in the technology transfer office (TTO) at the beginning of the summer following the first year of their graduate program. If you start planning now, you can have the call for applicants go out in early March, interview and select candidates in April, and train them in May. Continue reading

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Considering the “Why?” of Interns and Technology Screenings

Last week, I was talking with a tech transfer professional about our webinar to train interns on performing technology screenings. And the question came up: Why interns? Shouldn’t technology managers screen technologies? I can understand why he asked. Given the … Continue reading

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Insights for Intern Training and Mentoring: Stories From the Field

We are gearing up for Fuentek’s webinar designed to help TTOs put their interns to work on technology screenings. So, we’re taking stock of our own lessons learned from tech transfer intern programs. This Story from the Field is based … Continue reading

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TTO Intern Success Is a Two-Way Street

It’s tempting to think of interns as cheap/free labor. But you must invest in them before they can provide a valuable return to your technology transfer office (TTO). To get the most of your interns—and for them to get the … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in Training Tech Transfer Interns

Many of you may be getting into the swing of intern season and beginning the application and hiring process. So, I wanted to share with you some of our lessons learned for the next step of the process: training. Selecting … Continue reading

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Spring Is Turning Up Interns!

Spring has sprung—and we all know what that means: Tulips! Daffodils! Résumés! That’s right! Now is the time to get the process underway for staffing your university tech transfer office (TTO) with interns. As discussed in our white paper about … Continue reading

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Need Tech Transfer Interns Next Summer? Now Is the Time to Get Started

A few years ago, Fuentek released a paper about best practices about setting up effective internship programs for technology transfer offices (TTOs), particularly at universities. As I noted in my blog post about starting a program for TTO interns, a key recommendation … Continue reading

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How to Structure an Effective Tech Transfer Internship Program

Back in November, I urged technology transfer offices (TTOs) to take caution when using interns. They can be a great help… if you structure it right. There’s a lot more to say about this topic. So, I decided to write … Continue reading

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