The USF Technology Transfer Office (TTO) offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to participate in office activities for professional development and get paid to do it!
The Technology Transfer Office offers a paid internship program for graduate students currently enrolled at USF, providing education and experience in technology evaluation, intellectual property protection, commercialization, and licensing. This position allows interns the opportunity to experience career alternatives outside of a traditional research lab environment. Interns will be exposed to technology transfer, business development, economic development and patent law. They will be mentored by both life science and physical science professionals, as well as business and economic development professionals.
- Provide opportunity to improve analytical thinking and technical writing skills
- Gain exposure to intellectual property protection management process
- Learn in-depth market research and technology evaluation skills
I am a graduate student at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. Throughout my academic journey, I have actively engaged in research, recognizing the importance of translating scientific breakthroughs into practical applications. This understanding has fueled my drive to contribute to the commercialization of research, leading me to pursue an internship at USF Technology Transfer. As a life science intern, I am dedicated to leveraging my skills and knowledge to effectively contribute to the team. I am eager to learn and grow in this dynamic environment, collaborating with professionals who share my vision of bridging the gap between research and real-world impact. One aspect that particularly excites me is gaining hands-on experience in the commercialization process and learning about intellectual property management.
Charan Raj Reddy
I am a graduate student in Engineering Management at USF. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and a strong passion for designing and inventing cost-effective innovative products, I hold two design patents granted by the Indian government from my undergraduate years. Joining this internship opportunity perfectly aligns with my goals of contributing to technology transfer and intellectual property development. I am eager to learn from experienced professionals in the Technology Transfer Office, gaining hands-on experience and expanding my expertise in the field. This internship provides an exceptional platform for me to enhance my professional skills, make meaningful contributions, and foster valuable connections. I am grateful for the chance to be part of a program that fosters the exploration of novel inventions and facilitates career development, leveraging the cutting-edge research at USF.
I am a graduate student in Business Analytics and Information Systems at the University of South Florida. I possess a profound passion for acquiring knowledge and investigating the science behind everything. My enthusiasm for scientific research, particularly the challenging pursuit of making breakthrough discoveries, has motivated me to take up this internship opportunity. The impressive success stories of famous scientists and inventors, many of which began with failures, have instilled in me the confidence to succeed. It is with great excitement that I work for the TTO Engineering Internship, which provides an exceptional opportunity to learn about patents and the process of transforming scientific discoveries into viable business ideas. This internship is a unique platform encouraging budding research enthusiasts like me to know the process behind the translation of innovative ideas into tangible products.
I am a graduate student studying Biotechnology at USF. I am enthusiastic about learning new things and always thankful for challenges and opportunities. Through my classwork, I have had the opportunity to interact with several TTO heads and realize there are so many more aspects of the job beyond working in labs. I have always been intrigued by intellectual property, and learning about patent law and technology transfer office has opened my eyes to a whole different world. As an intern, I'm excited to develop my professional skills and techniques while gaining hands-on experience. This program's versatility in exploring novel biotechnology and providing valuable connections is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn, grow, and develop my career. I'm confident that this experience will allow me to make meaningful contributions to the organization while expanding my knowledge and expertise.
The Technology Transfer Office offers paid opportunities for our USF undergraduate students to work alongside our team of professionals in marketing, patent law, and business development. Students will be able to acquire real-world experience, sharpen their skills, and add to their individual portfolios for future employment opportunities.
- Opportunity to develop skills in various areas of marketing, patent law, and business
- Exposure to a unique blend of disciplines and variety of projects
- Develop detailed and precise organization skills
I am a current undergraduate student double majoring in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics & Business Analytics and Information Systems at USF. I strive to challenge myself continuously in work, even in aspects of my job with which I am already familiar. Learning new things, taking new opportunities, and working with different members of a department are some of the ways that I've been able to find motivation. Therefore, I am thrilled to take on the position of a TTO Student Assistant knowing I would be driven and inspired by the source of knowledge I gain from this job in the domain of scientific innovation, business development, marketing methods, and patent laws.
Where are they now:
We love to see our interns graduate and move out into the world.
I graduated from USF in May 2020 with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. What I enjoyed most while there was working with brilliant people: the licensing managers, marketing team, IP specialists, directors, and of course, my bullpen buddies. I learned the most about IP and patenting from the licensing managers (thanks to their tireless discussions), how to break down an invention into claims, and how to analyze the prior art with regards to patentability of the invention and freedom to operate, which is crucial in my profession. The main takeaway I got from being in the program is the legal, financial, and professional extent on which technology ownership and licensing is laid down in the U.S. Today, I'm working as a Senior Wireless Digital Signal Processing Applications Specific Integrated Circuit Systems Engineer at Qualcomm Flarion Technologies Incorporated New Jersey Research Center.
I graduated from USF in August 2017 with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. I was an intern at tech. transfer for four years. While interning there, I enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about the wide array of research being done at USF and getting a chance to learn more about all of those various scientific areas outside my personal experience/research. There is so much more to research than just experiments, data, and publication. What happens after the research is done? How do new discoveries/research actually make its way to the public to make an impact? Just as research is interdisciplinary, the path to commercialization is as well. It involve the science, business acumen, sales and marketing, patent and contract law, etc. There are so many more career paths out there than most people realize as well.
I graduated with my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in 2020. I worked as an intern at the Tech Transfer Office for just under a year, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I most enjoyed getting to work with the fantastic licensing team and marketing team; everyone made sure that we knew how important our work was as interns. I grew so much throughout my time as an intern. Since my career goal is to be a patent agent, I learned what was necessary to meet this goal, and I left the program feeling confident that I would succeed.
I graduated from Stetson University in May 2016 with my Juris Doctorate while interning at TTO. During my time, I worked closely with the licensing managers, such as Steven Medina. Steven took the time to answer my questions while being a great source of information when looking at different Patent Rules for the USPTO. No day was the same, each day was a chance to gain something new within the technology transfer process. My main takeaway was learning more about patents, the prosecution process and marketing.
I graduated in August 2019 with a MS in Biomedical Engineering. I interned with the TTO office for two years, and currently work at NACCME, LLC as a Manager of Educational Development. The main duty of this position is to write medical grants for continuing medical education meetings. I learned so much during my time as a TTO intern, and particularly enjoyed the wide range of topics that the position allowed me to research and write on. The program also permitted me to gain versatile experience with a broad selection of novel biotech-related technologies at USF, helping to shape the next phase of my career after graduation.
Muhammad Arslan Saleem
I believe that we should not only work for a living, but our profession should ideally provide meaningful work that can impact the lives of others. While working at TTO, I was making a tangible impact by getting those technologies to market. I recently finished working as an intern at USF Technology Transfer. As soon as I started working there, I immediately felt connected. At TTO, I researched about incredible companies like Qualcomm who play a huge role in tech industry. I recently joined Qualcomm as an electrical engineer where I’m part of a team who executes different test scenarios using Qualcomm modem chipsets.
Rejus Babu Reddy
I graduated from USF with a Masters in Electrical Engineering in May 2019. I was an intern for more than a year beginning Jan. 2018. Currently, I work at Qualcomm Technologies INC., as an MST Engineer. As an intern I have received many gifts, such as enhanced creativity, technology insights, sense of professionalism, bright work environment, motivation and support. The most important takeaway was innovative thinking — each and every application has innovation. My technical knowledge helped me to receive a great experience and joy in understanding the innovation and also think in similar ways.
I was an intern at TTO during the time I was getting my master’s degree at USF. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, I began my Master’s for Biomedical Engineering, which I graduated with in May 2020. Being an intern at USF TTO taught me a number of skills that I apply to my full-time job now as an Assistant Vice President AML Sr. Analyst at Citi. I learned how to efficiently conduct research and communicate my findings with my peers. By taking part in this program, I was able to interact with intelligent people and learn how to effectively manage my time. These are skills that will be valuable in both my professional and private life. I am grateful for my time at the TTO and would encourage any student to get involved and/or utilize the resources provided by the office.
I’m a graduate student in the Biomedical/Medical Engineering program. After I received my bachelor’s degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from USF, one of the main reasons I chose to continue my education at USF is because of the plethora of opportunities and resources offered both on and off campus. One takeaway from my time in the intern program has been gaining a better understanding of the nuances of the patent process and creative ways in which technologies can be advanced and transferred from academia to industry. Something that I look forward to is seeing how implementation of the new changes regarding increased intern involvement with the inventors takes root to set a precedent that will help to further improve the program for future interns.
This internship program is highly competitive and no one is guaranteed admittance. Nor is there any implied or guaranteed offer of employment upon completion of the internship.