Technology Commercialization Intern

POSTED: August 9, 2022
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions

  • Synthesize conversational marketing materials for Purdue University innovations from a combination of technical materials and industry analysis.
  • Perform preliminary market and industry research to identify relevant information to be used by OTC to assess commercial viability of Purdue innovations and identify potential commercial development partners for those Purdue innovations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The intern must be available to work at least ten hours per week. 


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills including simplifying complex technical details for non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced research capabilities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and meet short deadlines.
  • Effective at setting priorities, managing time and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Eager to work in a highly motivated and collaborative environment.
  • Knowledge or interest in intellectual property rights and protection and the commercialization and marketing of such intellectual property. 


  • At least two years of undergraduate coursework in a scientific or technical area required.
  • Ideal candidates include:
    • Current undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in any field of science or engineering.
    • Post-doctoral researchers and other recent graduates seeking experience in technology commercialization.
  • Training and experience in technical writing or market research may be considered in lieu of a scientific background for highly qualified candidates. 

The rate for this position is $16.00/hour. 

The Purdue Research Foundation is an off-campus employer.

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A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. PRF views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Foundation-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.


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