Fall 2019 Graduate Student and Postdoc Technology Transfer Internship Program

Beginning in October 2019, Tufts Technology Transfer will offer an internship opportunity to up to three Tufts University graduate or postdoctoral researchers. We are seeking applicants for a paid technology transfer internship that will require 6 to 8 hours per week from October 2019 through January 2020. Interns will receive $15.00 per hour over the course of the internship.

Technology transfer is the practice of transferring discoveries from research labs to the marketplace and requires combining in-depth knowledge of science with business and law. Successful candidates will focus on evaluation, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property developed at Tufts University. Interns will gain familiarity with the evaluation of invention disclosures, taking into consideration legal and commercial perspectives, pursuing patent protection, market analysis, and drafting and negotiating research and license agreements. An internship in technology transfer is an excellent opportunity to explore a career path that requires expertise in science, business, law, and the challenges of bringing basic research discoveries to the marketplace.


  • Full-time graduate student or postdoc in any scientific discipline at Tufts University
  • Graduate students must have completed all exams, rotations, and formal course requirements for the degree program and must be considered a PhD candidate at the time of application
  • Ability to commit 6 to 8 hours per week at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (OTTIC), 75 Kneeland Street, Boston, MA, 02111
  • Must have a letter of endorsement from program director and research supervisor/PI (for graduate students) or departmental chair and research supervisor/PI (for postdocs)

Interested graduate or postdoctoral researchers should submit the following by email to Jeffrey Bombardier (jeffrey.bombardier@tufts.edu):

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Letter of endorsement from the program director or department chair (see above) and research supervisor/PI


Internship Components

Candidates will be paired with a member of the technology transfer team to serve as a mentor throughout the internship.  Interns will be given discrete projects and will work with their mentor to develop and execute a complete commercialization/partnership strategy for a given technology.  There will be specific deadlines and deliverables specific to each project, with a final commercialization report due at the end of the three-to-four month period.  Hands-on experience will be supplemented by an ad hoc seminar series covering a range of technology transfer and career development topics including:

  • Bayh-Dole Act and an introduction to tech transfer
  • Patents, trademarks, copyrights
  • The anatomy of an agreement; differences in agreement types
  • Licensing strategies
  • Early-stage technology marketing
  • Career development