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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

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

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TTO Intern Success Is a Two-Way Street

Although it’s tempting to think of interns as cheap/free labor, it is important to remember that you must invest in them before they can provide a valuable return to your technology transfer office (TTO). To get the most of your … Continue reading

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Stories From the Field: Lessons Learned in Training Interns

As many of you get into the swing of intern season and begin the application and hiring process, I just wanted to share with you some of our lessons learned for the next step of the process: training. Selecting the … 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. If you haven’t already started, NOW is the time to get your application process underway if you’re planning to staff your university tech transfer office (TTO) … Continue reading

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

Updated September 2016 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 internship programs, a key recommendation is: … Continue reading

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How to Structure an Effective Internship Program

Updated April 2015 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. Since there’s more to say about this topic, I decided to … Continue reading

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Developing an Effective Internship Program for Your University’s Technology Transfer Office

White Paper Developing an Effective Internship Program for Your University’s Technology Transfer Office 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 … Continue reading

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