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Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, minor in Business and Entrepreneurship, Honors College

Honors Marketing and Economics

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Economics, minor in Communication

Marketing

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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.

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The Internship Program is designed to give hands on experience researching the commercialization potential of business concepts originating from the Oregon State University community. As a student intern you will take part in a variety of tasks needed to screen and market technologies and business concepts for potential commercial use.

Position Duties

Research intellectual property landscape and potential patentability of new technologies, and business concepts ideas. This may include the following tasks: 

  • Review invention disclosures
  • Screen intellectual property and conduct patent searches
  • Communicate with Faculty, Staff, OCCD Staff and Mentors on a variety of projects
  • Research the business viability of technologies and intellectual property
  • Perform market surveys, market research and industry analysis of competition
  • Research costing and prepare performance comparisons of similar technologies
  • Research and prepare preliminary financial estimates of manufacturing costs
  • Create briefs which will contain the following:
  • An overall summary of a technology or business concept
  • Benefits of the technology or business concept as compared to alternative approaches
  • Novel applications and markets for proposed technologies and business concepts

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.

 

Required Qualifications: 

  • Self-motivated and willing to take initiative;
  • A demonstrated “world perspective” which combines analytical abilities and business experience with the aptitude to apply these skills to emerging technology;
  • Ability to comprehend novel business models and technologies, understand and clearly describe their essential attributes and distinguishing factors;
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research abilities;
  • Strong communication skills- verbally and in written form;
  • A demonstrated enthusiasm for the process of moving concepts to commercial application;
  • Ability to communicate professionally through email, documents, in person and over the phone;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing or other specific business disciplines;
  • Background in a specific technical field- including for example, an undergraduate STEM degree;
  • Familiarity with IT systems, web design, database management, etc;
  • Experience and demonstrated success working on self directed projects;
  • Previous work experience in a technical or business capacity.

Working Environment and Hours:

  • Intern will be a one of approximately eight graduate and undergraduate interns;
  • Interns may be compensated for up to 30 hours/week of work during the summer, and approximately 10 hours/week during the school term;
  • Work will be completed under the direction of Accelerator and/or OCCD staff;
  • Interns will be required to participate in a monthly training session held on the OSU campus;
  • A common work area will be provided for some office work. However since many of the responsibilities involve independent research, it is expected that interns may frequently work off site;
  • Since many projects will involve confidential information and interns may have access to detailed “pre-disclosure” technologies prior to patent filing, they will be required to sign Non-disclosure agreements as a condition of employment.