“...the Accelerator gave me insight into the Angel funding world, and I now work closely with the board for a private equity firm. This exposure was key to the topics and mindset of investors as we have undergone two acquisitions...Being an intern at the Accelerator was the highlight of my college career. It gave me real world experience, honed my interview skills, as well as my presentation and excel skills. I was mentored by accomplished professionals who deeply cared about my success and growth.”
- Lauren West, Decision Support Analyst, Asante
“I think the most valuable aspect of being an intern was blending my understanding of science and engineering with business concepts. Having the opportunity to bridge those two fields and be an integral part of the Accelerator system helping real companies was extremely valuable.”
- M. Tyler Colesar, Resident Physician at Augusta University
The Accelerator Internship Program is designed to give hands on experience researching the commercialization potential of business concepts originating from the Oregon State University community. Student interns take part in a variety of tasks needed to screen and market technologies and business concepts for potential commercial use.
Research intellectual property landscape and potential patentability of new technologies, and business concepts ideas. This may include the following tasks:
For concepts that show promise for commercialization, create a more detailed financial analysis and business plan
Work with the OSU Advantage Accelerator staff and Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD) on various projects to facilitate the transfer of innovations to market. Communicate this knowledge professionally through presentations, written documents and verbal methods.
“My position at the Accelerator certainly helped me grow professionally. It put me in a spot that challenged me to become a better communicator...I was also able to gain a better understanding of business development and marketing operations, which has been a huge help in my professional career...It is an awesome place to get real experience and build business connections with up-and-coming businesses.”
- Cameron Herr, Production Designer at Pivot Group
“From beginning to end the Accelerator definitely pushed me in the right direction career wise….I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Advantage Accelerator. SpaceX is an amazingly innovative company, and my role is absolutely innovation focused. Huge thanks to [Accelerator staff] for their guidance and to all the hard working folks that brought the Accelerator to life.”
- Sean Brown, Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX