Putting Your Interns to Work:
A Step-by-Step Process for Technology Screenings
You’ve hired the best and the brightest interns to work in your technology transfer office this summer – now what? How do you get the best work out of them and make it a valuable learning experience?
The answer is easy: Have your interns perform technology screenings.
Making it happen: Register your interns for Fuentek’s webinar on how to do technology screenings.
"The webinar training
accelerated learning for
our interns.… [The] webinar
training really helped the interns focus on productive research
and improved their analysis…
[and] helped improve the interns' confidence in reaching conclusions, which sped up the screening process as well as improved the quality of the screens.… We'll continue to use the webinars each semester as new interns progress through their first screening reports."
– interim assistant director and technology manager,
major research university
This 90-minute webinar provides an overview of the step-by-step process your interns need to conduct an effective technology screening. Interns will learn about:
- Reviewing a technology disclosure and other background
- Finding the most useful intellectual property (IP) and market data
- Using keywords effectively to quickly generate meaningful results
- Analyzing the data obtained to develop a rating to prioritize the technology
- Writing a screening report that provides just the right amount of information for the office’s decision makers, as well as the innovator
As an added bonus, 3 weeks after the webinar, Schoppe and McCulloch will host a free Q&A session so that attendees can ask the questions that crop up as they apply what they learned during the webinar.
"The training session you conducted and the chance to apply it right away on the project was one of the best learning experiences I can remember. I doubt if I ever will forget the better, faster, cheaper concepts."
– technology management
office intern, major research university
As discussed in Fuentek’s paper Developing an Internship Program for Your University Technology Transfer Office, the best place to put student interns to work is on technology screenings. With proper training and mentoring, interns can perform effective screenings that give them the most ground-level experience while providing the greatest value to your office and not distracting your staff from their tech transfer duties. (For more information, see our Insights on intern programs.)
Technology screenings (link opens new browser window) are a preliminary evaluation of a technology’s commercial potential based on a brief, targeted amount of online and database-driven research. Separating the wheat from the chaff, screenings are an expedited and economical process for identifying those technologies that show promise and should receive further study via an in-depth assessment and then marketing for licensing. (For more about technology screenings, see our Insights on technology evaluation.)
About the instructors
Laura A. Schoppe has presented dozens of national and international training sessions, workshops, lectures, and webinars on a wide range of tech transfer topics, including social media. Since founding Fuentek in 2001, she has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities and government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. The winner of several business awards, Laura has several publication credits and was featured on National Public Radio in 2010.
› Read Laura’s bio
Danielle McCulloch served as the lead trainer in a series of webinars for interns at a major research university. She also trains new Fuentek staff in the art and science of technology screenings and other aspects of the tech transfer process. As a senior consultant, McCulloch serves as Fuentek’s client lead at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and two major research universities. Most recently, she led an effort to revamp the Web site for Dryden’s technology transfer office.
› Read Danielle’s bio.