Internship Program

The ORC runs an internship program for Rutgers postdoctoral trainees and graduate students interested in pursuing alternative careers in Intellectual Property Law, Business Development and/or Academic Technology Transfer.


  • Minimum of 2 semesters commitment to the program
  • Ability to dedicate 5‐10 hours/week: 2‐3 hours to be spent in our Piscataway office, and 3‐7 hours to be spent carrying out research remotely
  • Approval of your PI or Advisor

Elements of the Program:

The program will begin with several lecture‐style sessions on Intellectual Property Law, Contracts/Agreements relevant for academic Tech Transfer, Technical Writing, Marketing and Licensing. After each session, assignments will be given. Participants will be expected to reach a certain level of expertise to carry out basic invention evaluation and marketing independently with minor supervision.

What you will learn:

You will be exposed to the exciting world of Intellectual Property; you will learn the necessary steps that are needed in order to effectively protect and commercialize the results of scientific research. You will learn how to evaluate an Invention Disclosure, prepare Non‐Confidential Summaries, and identify and reach out to prospective licensees. You will learn about negotiation of the business terms of various agreements that govern Technology Transfer in an academic university.


Note: This program is currently underway. Applications will reopen for new enrollees in the fall of 2017. If you have questions about the ORC Internship Program, please contact:

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