The program is designed to expose graduate students to the business of technology transfer and intellectual property management at ORNL. It provides students with hands-on experience in technology assessment, marketing, and commercialization. Interns will intern with the ORNL Commercialization Managers in technology transfer full-time during the summer at ORNL, starting mid-May through mid-August 2017. During the internship, the students will participate in small, multi-disciplinary teams on technology transfer projects that may include technology and market assessment and the marketing of technologies for commercialization, and each student will be assigned a specific mentor. The application deadline is May 7th at 11:59 pm ET.


  • Stipend: $600/week paid bi-weekly – full-time required
  • $150/week housing allowance for students whose permanent address is 50 miles or more from Oak Ridge
  • One round trip (limited to $500 total) for students whose permanent address is 50 miles or more from Oak Ridge


  • Must be currently pursuing a graduate degree in science, engineering, or business at an U.S. accredited institution of higher education
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry)
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 –  copy of academic record (official transcript will not be required) showing name, school name, current classes and GPA
  • Must have proof of medical insurance during appointment
  • Successful applicants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement before joining the program
  • Submit two references

Selection Criteria

  • Strong technical background in the biological sciences, physical sciences, information technologies, or engineering preferred
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on new challenges
  • Ability to meet hard deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must have written and verbal fluency in English
  • Demonstrated interest in technology transfer and intellectual property
  • Availability of 40 hours per week at ORNL

Additional information and interview may be required after initial review before selection is made.

Apply here: For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact


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